Bibiana: Up to the association to groom young shooters for the future

KUALA LUMPUR: Top national woman shooter Bibiana Ng has ended the season without any youngsters threatening her position in the 10m air pistol event. And she is not overly concerned about the lack of talent coming through.

The 35-year-old policewoman believes that every youngster has to chart his or her own destiny.

“It’s not my responsibility to groom youngsters for the future. I will leave that to the national association,” said Bibiana.

“As a youngster, I was never really distracted by external elements as I pursued my shooting career. I was totally focused on my game. All I thought about was how to improve myself as a shooter,” said the 35-year-old.

And it was this independent streak, commitment and passion for the game that have seen her holding the fort for more than a decade.

She has been a regular gold medal contributor at the SEA Games and Asian level championships. She is the defending SEA Games champion after winning the title in Palembang last year.

She also made the country proud when she put up a fantastic show en route to winning the gold medal at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games; she has been holding the national record in the 10m air pistol and 25m sport pistol for ages; and she has reigned supreme in most of the local tournaments for many years.

Bibiana said that she would continue to dominate as long as she could – especially when she is still all fired up to win a first medal at the Asian Games and qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time.

The only disappointment for the Sarawakian shooter this year was her failure to make the cut for the recent London Olympic Games.

Besides Bibiana, the other prominent senior in the pistol event is Joseline Cheah. Among the youngsters who are slowly making their way up are Alia Sazana Azahari, Siti Nur Masitah Badrin and Wahidah Ismail.

“I am still excited about my shooting career although I have been in this sport for a long time. I still want to achieve more,” she said.

This year’s shooting season is over for Bibiana, with the national meet last month being her last assignment, but she has been keeping herself busy with training and jungle trekking.

“There is no more competition for me and other shooters in the national team but our training programme continues. We are already preparing for next year’s tournaments. We will take part in several World Cup and there is the SEA Games (in Myanmar). Efforts to improve one self has to go on,” she said.

“Without much travel to international events, we have some free time now.

“I use that time to be close with nature. I love jungle trekking, exploring the flora and fauna and enjoying a dip in the waterfalls. I have a group of friends who frequent these places.

“It takes our minds away from shooting. This is my way of relaxing after a week’s tough training.”

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