Apr 13 2012
It’s not every day you see an olympic worthy female shooter, and even more rare to see one who’s carrying more than just a gun! 29-year-old Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi will be shooting in the London Olympics this year, and at the same time she will approximately 33 weeks (8 months) pregnant.
Nur has already kicked some serious booty in shooting games overseas. She took a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010. In January, Nur qualified for the Olympics.
Reuter’s reports that she will be limited to the 10m event due to her current “mommy-to-be” status. She says that shooting prone for much longer would be very painful. What is encouraging is that the limitation hasn’t seemed to upset or discourage her.
In an interview with Reuters, Nur proved that her dedication to both shooting and her baby can not be compromised. It’s obvious that she is going to have to overcome unique obstacles in the olympics that her competitors will not be faced with; and still, she drives on. However, it’s not just her determination to shoot that I applaud her for. Suryani makes heartfelt statements in her interview with Reuters as to her unbreakable devotion to her baby.
“They are thinking ‘can you do that, can you do that’? I say ‘no problem’ because when you have some living things inside your stomach everywhere you go, you have company. You don’t feel lonely, when I’m pregnant I don’t have problems, I enjoy it.
“My aim is to compete. Maybe, at the end of June or whatsoever, if I have some problem that would jeopardise the baby inside me, I will reconsider whether I am going or not.” Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi in an interview with Reuters
If that statement is not based on unconditional love, I don’t know what is. Nur also states that she will talk to the baby before the competition, asking him to keep calm and not to move around or kick while she’s shooting.
Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi will definitely be someone to watch this year in the olympics. I know that I’ll be rooting for team U.S.A.; but I think I speak for most women when I say: I hope the pregnant woman kicks some ass!
A special thanks to Maddison Morris for bringing this to my attention.