STRIKE! – IN CONVERSATION WITH SUE ABELA

Sue Abela had first started bowling in Msida back in 1990. She didn’t have a coach up until 1995, when the federation employed a coach from Sweden, Christer Backe. With him, she won her first bronze medal in the European Championships of 1997, competing against 112 European females bowlers. Then in 1999, Sue won gold in the European Cup Individual – this was her biggest achievement which earned her a Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (MQR) in 1997. She’s competed in all 18 events of the Mediterranean Challenge Cup with a tally of 33 gold, 18 silver and 10 bronze medals. She’s also won medals at the Commonwealth Games.

 

Date of Birth: 29th Janary, 1966

Location: St Julian’s

Star Sign: Aquarius

Occupation: Fund Accountant

You’re renowned as Malta’s finest female bowling player. In your own words, how would you describe this fact about yourself?

Well, I’ve won the Maltese National title 21 times – I am a well respected bowler in Europe. I think I’ve done my country proud and after twenty years, I’m still standing.

How had you got into bowling?

I’ve always loved sports. My whole family used to going bowling – we used to live close by back then.

If you had to meet any other bowler, local or foreign, who would it be and what would you talk about?

I always enjoy meeting my team mates and a few close friends from the bowling alley, and of course we talk about the game, the good and bad.

 

Can you talk us through a typical day in your life?

Let’s take Thursday which is our league night. 6am at the gym, work from nine to five, and then I have bowling at 8.45pm till 11pm.

Do you consider fashion to be an important part of your life?

Yes, but I’m more of an Adidas than a Gucci girl.