Wednesday March 13, 2013
Joseline all keyed up for Ally Ong Trophy
By ASHREENA PILLAI
PETALING JAYA: National shooter Joseline Cheah (pic) is gunning for gold when she takes aim in the 10m air pistol and 25m sport pistol events at the National Shooting Association of Malaysia’s Ally T.H. Ong Trophy 2013 at the Subang Shooting Range tomorrow.
This year marks Joseline’s 13th year competing in the meet and the 29-year-old Penangite is as excited as ever and looking forward to the start of the competition.
“Every competition is a unique experience. It has its own challenges and quite frankly, it never bores me. I’m really looking forward to it,” she said. Joseline, who began the year by winning gold in the 10m air pistol at the Selangor Shooting Championships last month, will be looking to get back to winning ways after finishing sixth (10m air pistol) and 12th (25m sport pistol) at the H.H. The Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix in Kuwait City last week.
Joseline has won gold twice in her pet 10m air pistol event in 2008 and 2011 in the Ally Ong meet. She finished third last year behind Bibiana Ng and Ishvari Jahnava.
“There is always an expectation to win. But shooting is very much a case of mind over matter. It’s a fight with yourself most of the time,” said Joseline.
“It all comes down to pushing yourself and constantly motivating yourself to do better,” added the 2006 Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the 25m sport pistol pairs with Bibiana.
Joseline, the 2011 and 2012 Southeast Asian Championships 10m air pistol gold medallist, still holds the national record in the 10m air pistol (386) which she set in 2006 – a mark she’s keen to improve on.
“I’ve been doing my best to break it. I broke it many times during training but never at a competition. I’m still working on it mentally and physically,” said Joseline.