KUALA LUMPUR: Shooter Bibiana Ng will for the first time miss celebrating the Chinese New Year with her family.
But the policewoman believes that the sacrifice will be worthwhile.
Bibiana is determined to give total focus on raising her shooting career this year and first, she aims to make the cut for the Commonwealth Games.
And she will be out to win the qualification ticket at the World Police Championships, which will be held in Kuwait from Feb 15-22.
“I have been shooting for about 10 years and for the first time, I have to forgo the opportunity for a reunion with my family members over Chinese New Year,” said the soft-spoken Sarawakian.
“Hopefully, I will make up by winning a spot for the Commonwealth Games. The championships in Kuwait will be my first international for the year and I hope to do well.”
Bibiana added that she was adjusting to the coaching style of Ukrainian Olexander Filipyuk, who took charge of the pistol shooters since October last year.
“Usually, a new coach brings in new techniques and knowledge. And it will take some time for us to adapt to his ways. For now, we are shaping up well,” she said.
“It will be another year of hard work for me and I am ready to go through the drills in order to be in good frame of mind for the Commonwealth Games.”
After missing the target in the Laos SEA Games last December, Bibiana did well at the just concluded Selangor Championships. She rewrote the national record in winning a gold medal in the 25m pistol event with a score of 780.7.
Bibiana was one of the many elite shooters who made a quick rebound at the Selangor meet after the disappointments in Vientiane where none of the Malaysian shooters got among the gold medallists.
The others who showed that they were determined to get it right again for the country are pistol shooters Joseline Cheah, Siti Nur Masitah Abdul Badrin and Mohd Hasli Izwan Amir and rifle shooters Nur Suryani Taibi, Shahera Rahim Raja and Muslifah Zulkifli.
Two newcomers in the elite squad Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Rahim and Mohd Zubair Mohd also showed promise when they nailed the women’s individual 10m air rifle and the men’s 50m rifle three-position team gold medals respectively.