Monday, September 17, 2007

Bowling: Esther to return from US to beef up SEA Games squad

PETALING JAYA: Bowler Esther Cheah is expected to return home to strengthen the preparation of the Malaysian women's team for the SEA Games, which will be held in Korat from Dec 6-16.

The 21-year-old Esther is currently at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in United States pursuing a three-year degree programme in psychology.

National chief coach Holloway Cheah was optimistic that Esther would be part of the squad for the Games.

“She has to convince her professor that she will be able to sit for her exams, which will be held after the SEA Games. The professor is worried that Esther will not be able to make it,” he said.

“I am very sure that Esther will be able to reassure the professor that there will not be a problem of her arriving late for the exams.”

Despite missing the final two-week of training with the Malaysian team due to her orientation programme, Esther played a big part to help Malaysia win a gold medal at the women's World Championships in Mexico recently.

Currently, Esther's progress in bowling is monitored by the university's coach Bill Straub.

At the last SEA Games in Manila in 2005, Esther was a member of the women’s team who won the gold medal.

Meanwhile, Holloway has decided that both the men's and women's team for the SEA Games would comprise the best six bowler in the country. Initially, the plan was to send a mix squad of senior and junior bowlers.

The senior and back-up bowlers' are left with the Open tournaments in Singapore (Sept 18-29) and Taiwan (Oct 6-13) to impress the selectors. The teams will be named after a selection roll-off at home.

The Star, Sept 16, 2007

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