PETALING JAYA: For 15-year-old Mumtazah Syahiidah Sham-suri, age is no factor as she shoots for the skies.
After winning the 10m air pistol gold in the Selangor Shooting Championship, she could be in the reckoning for a spot in the programme for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Mumtazah is one of the many youngsters who shone in the local tournament as the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) look to revitalise their shooting squad after the SEA Games failure.
The names have not been revealed but based on her performance, she looks to be a shoo-in for the programme.
“Of course, my aim is to represent the country. After my win in the Selangor Shooting Champion-ship, I am even more determined to push for a spot, ” she said.
“If I am part of the national set-up, I will obviously improve.
“If selected, I want to learn from the national coaches and do more work to enhance my shooting. Now is the time for me to absorb as much knowledge as I can.”
Besides Mumtazah, teammate Nurul Syasya Nadiah Ariffin also turned heads when she smashed the 10m air pistol national record with her score of 574 points in the qualifying round of the championship.
Her mark was a point better than the old record set by national shooter Joseline Cheah in the same tournament last year.
Mumtazah’s developed interest in the sport two years ago when she was handpicked by her physical education teachers for the sport.
After acing her trials, she went on to take part in the 2018 Sukma and shocked many when she won gold in the team with Syasya and Khairunnabiha Baharin by collecting 1,639 points to set a new record and erase the 1,633 mark set by Pahang’s Noreffani Abdul Malick, Nik Nur Nadhirah and Siti Nur Masitah M Badrin.
“To be honest, before I was 13, I knew nothing about shooting. A coach came to our school to see my teachers, and I was one of the few to be selected for the shooting programme.
“Only during Sukma, my interest in the sport grew. This year, I hope to break the record set by Syasya. Sukma will be held in my home state this year, and my hope is to bring back gold and set a record.
“I am still young in the sport, so I am making sure I give my all in training, ” said the SMK Batu Pahat Convent student.
Training under coach Mohd Firdaus Abdul Rahim, Mumtazah is looking to bring glory to her state, but she could soon be bringing glory to the country.
The programme planned by NSAM will begin after Sukma, which is scheduled from July 11-19.
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