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April 4 to 15 2018

Nur Fidrah Noh wants golden birthday present

Lawn bowls
8 Apr 2018 by Hope Kerslake

Malaysian Commonwealth Games silver medallist Nur Fidrah Noh has one goal at GC2018, to win a gold medal as a gift for her husband’s birthday.

The 31-year-old lawn bowler got married just six months ago and although her husband couldn’t come to the Gold Coast, she's hoping to give him an early birthday present.

“I hope to win a gold medal for his coming birthday,” Noh told GC2018.com 

“He was unable to come to Australia as he had to work.”

Competing in two events, the women’s fours medal has slipped through Malaysia’s hands, with her team going down to Australia 14-12 in the quarterfinals on day three.

The team, comprising of Siti Zalina Ahmad, Auni Fathiah Kamis, Azlina Arshad and Noh, had an accomplished run on the green triumphing over Cook Islands, Namibia and Papua New Guinea before their loss.

However, the 2016 World Outdoor Bowls Champion triples bronze medallist dreams aren’t dashed with Noh competing in the women’s triples event on Monday 9 April.

The Perak resident is also impressed by the facilities at the Broadbeach venue.

“We have had a training camp on the Gold Coast at the lawn bowls,” she said.

“It’s a really nice venue, nice green and nice people. I love it”

With Lawn Bowls not included at the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle event for Noh and the Malaysian is an old hat in the event with GC2018 being her third Games.

The regular Australian visitor has only one Games medal in her trophy cabinet, winning silver in the women’s fours at Glasgow 2014.

Taking up the sport when she was 15, Noh admits she had no idea about the sport, however once she picked up the bowl, she hasn’t looked back.

“My teacher asked me to play lawn bowls and I asked her ‘what is bowls?’,” she said.

She told me I had to play first, and I played it and I really liked it.

“I fell in love with the sport.”

Noh’s family will be supporting the bowler from their lounge room back home, however there has been a small contingent who have come over to the Gold Coast in support of the 178 athletes that make up Team Malaysia.

With tickets from $20 for adults and $10 for children, you can support Noh in her quest for gold by purchasing your ticket to the Round One match against Cook Islands on Monday 9 April.