Bowling queen Shalin Zulkifli touched by rising bowler Puteri Nurshahira Ahmad Shahridzal’s motivation to emulate her success, has offered to take her under her wings.
“I was so touched when I read Puteri’s fate and her ambition to become a top bowler,” said Shalin.
“Infact, hours before I read her story, I had met her at Mega Lanes Sunway Pyramid during the Interstate championship and had spoken to her, as I was told that she was a talented bowler. But I had not known then that she was a orphan and wanted to fulfil her late mother’s wish to become a bowler like me.
“I am really honoured that Puterri’s late mother and Puteri herself have looked up to me as a mentor and the least I can do is offer my assistance.
“Although Puteri resides in Malacca, I am sure we can work out some arrangement where she can probably come to my bowl Shalin’s @ u space U8 (Shah Alam) during the weekends or for longer periods during school holidays where I can coach her. I
will also drop by in Malacca once in a while when time permits to check on her progress. I will also communicate with her on email,” said Shalin.
Puteri when told of Shalin’s offer, was delighted and jumped for joy.
“Is this for real? I cannot believe it. It is like a dream come true for me to be coached by Shalin. I am ever grateful to Shalin for her generous offer,” said Puteri when told of the offer.
Puteri’s grandparents who have been the source of encouragement for her to pick up the sport after her parents died in a road accident when she was three, were equally delighted.
“We are indebted to Shalin for paving the way for our granddaughter’s dream of trying to be a successful bowler like Shalin. To be able to train under Shalin is God sent. We really appreciate the offer from Shalin and will whatever it takes to make this long distance training scheme work,” said Ahmad Hj Ambak.
Puteri lost her parents in a road accident in 2002 when the express bus her parents were travelling in m Ipoh to Malacca to visit her over the weekend crashed onto a lorry.
Four people died in the accident with many others seriously injured in that accident along the South Highway close to Air Keroh.
Her grandparents, Ahmad Hj Alambak and Raja Rohani – parents of her parents – have been her guardians ever since.
Puteri last week competed in the Peter Memorial Cup and where she finished runners-up behind Selangor’s Ainin Sofiya.