FUTURE STAR: Nur Amirah has sights set on excellence
BUTTERWORTH: NUR Amirah Auni Azman is in line to be a trailblazer in bowling if she keeps her focus on the sport.
Nur Amirah is a fast-rising star, having successfully defended her Under-15 state title earlier this year and she has set her sights on becoming a professional bowler.
Nur Amirah said although her ambition was to be a professional bowler, her first love was teaching, just like her mother and mentor Noriani Abdul Rahman.
"If things don't work out as a professional bowler for me, I'll settle for the teaching profession," she said.
The 14-year-old has been blazing the lanes the past four years, and said the sport has become a part of her life, although her first love was netball at which she was very active before falling in love with bowling by chance.
Unfortunately, her form started to slide in recent times and her performance at the Malaysian Schools Sports Council competition in Penang was completely unexpected as she ended up without a podium finish.
In the Girls' Open category of the Milo Ranking Masters 2012 first and second circuits, the SMK Seberang Jaya Form Two student finished fourth and sixth respectively, which raised the eyebrows of the coaches.
But at the third leg of the Milo Ranking Masters at the Mega Bowling Centre in MegaMall Pinang, Prai, Nur Amirah made a welcome comeback when she lifted the Open title after a dry five months.
Meanwhile, Kedah bowlers again dominated the Milo Ranking Masters 2012 recently.
Kedah bowlers made a clean sweep in the mixed Under-12 category and won the top two places in the Boys' Open, leaving Perak to win the bronze.
Mohd Amirul Che Mat of Kedah was the only bowler to successfully defend his title in the Boys' Open and also to have won twice. He posted lines of 203, 206, 173, 191, 189, 202 and 211 for a 1,554 total.
Teammate Amir Ashraf Omar knocked down 168, 206, 169, 191, 234, 179, 158 and 213 for a 1,518 total for second spot while Perak's Fakhrul Daniel Haikal's scored 173, 195, 224, 163, 141, 191, 179 and 158 for a 1,424 total and the bronze.