Ice skating, studies and helping bowlers on Shalin Zulkifli’s mind

Long-time bowler Shalin Zulkifli has a bucket list of things she has been wanting to do for the past 30-odd years.

Having represented Malaysia since 14, Shalin is a household name in the sporting world, as she continues to don national colours – taking part in many editions of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and Asian Games, and international bowling competitions.

She had 2020 all planned out, hoping to complete a tour, but the Covid-19 pandemic played spoiler.

Yet, she is happy to have spent Hari Raya with her family – something she has not enjoyed for many years due to her commitments abroad.

The 42-year-old also has a bucket list to fulfill after she retires from the sport.

“It’s kind of funny but the one thing I want to do right after I retire is to (ice) skate,” Shalin said on weekly talk show The RSS with HD yesterday.

“I’ve always wanted to skate at the rink in Sunway Pyramid (mall). It’s always been there and until today I’ve never skated because I’m afraid of picking up an injury.”

The national team trains at the bowling alley at the mall.

“The other thing I would like to do is to continue my studies … to do my Masters. I’ve sought information from some universities last year and was hoping to start this year.”

Shalin added she would continue serving the sport by guiding the younger bowlers and highlighting the welfare of the athletes.

“I’m with the Olympic Council of Malaysia’s athletes commission, trying to help out as I can.

“Basically (my future) will be related to bowling and sports … probably not physically bowling but trying to help out the industry and our athletes.”

Shalin also revealed that her desire to compete and her love for the sport are the main factors why she has remained in the scene for three decades.

“And I always want to improve to be better than the year before.

“Sometimes I too wonder what keeps me motivated,” she said in jest.

The RSS with HD, aired on YouTube (The RSS) every Sunday at 4pm, is hosted by actor and comedian Rashid Salleh and Twentytwo13 editor Haresh Deol.

The show is produced by Toucan Media and Professional Storytellers while Amnig is the official apparel sponsor.

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