Monday, July 26, 2010

Daniel ready to put behind painful loss of son

PETALING JAYA: National bowler Daniel Lim is ready to put behind him the painful loss of his son and move on in his bowling career.
The experienced hand has vowed to come back stronger to claim a place in the squad for a fourth appearance in the Asian Games.
Just last month, his two-and-half-year-old son, David, died in his sleep due to sickness and Daniel had to take a break from bowling to mourn the loss.
Strong spirit: National bowler Daniel Lim has vowed to return and fight for a place in the Malaysian squad for the Guangzhou Asian Games.
The dark moment in his life saw him having to let go of an opportunity to represent Malaysia for a fourth time in the men’s world championships, which will be held in Munich from Aug 12-21.
Earlier this year, the 34-year-old Daniel had also skipped several international tournaments due to injuries.
Daniel said that sometimes, challenges in life made one even stronger.
“It was a painful moment for me and my family. My son was one of my strong supporters. He always got excited when I took him along when I went bowling. I will miss him dearly,” he said.
”Now I have to move on without him.
“It will be tough but I am ready to go all out again in my bowling career. I have to do this for my wife (Cindy Hoon) and for my five-year-old daughter (Caroline).”
Daniel, who won the trios gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha with Aaron Kong and Ben Heng, is determined to rejoin the team in a competition.
“I may have missed out on the world championships but I am not prepared to be left out for the Asian Games. I have a few tournaments before the Asiad and I hope to prove myself in these competitions,” he said.
“If I make the Asiad squad, I will do my best to help Malaysia win the team gold medal. I am also thinking of an individual honour in the Games. I will be out to accomplish this for my son.”
Daniel will be competing in the Hong Kong Open from Sept 9-18 and he will also feature in the Asian championships in Abu Dhabi from Oct 3-11.
“I have some time to brush up my game and I will devote my time to become a better bowler as part of my preparation for the Guangzhou Asian Games (in November),” he said.
Besides Daniel, the other bowlers in the national men’s elite squad are Aaron, Adrian Ang, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Alex Liew, Mohd Nur Aiman and Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan.

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