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Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Family
Husband Mohamed Azam Ali, two children [from earlier marriages]
Residence
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation
Media Professional - Television, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Malay
Higher education
Journalism/Broadcasting - Frank N Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing: Iowa City, IA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up several Para sports in 2003, and began competing in shooting the same year.
Why this sport?
"Shooting is something I find really great because in sports, I love being able to challenge myself to do better. Every time I shoot, I feel like I'm in my own world and I'm in control. Being a sharp shooter has always been my dream as a child, as my late grandfather was in the police force and [inspired] my fascination with guns. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I got to handle a rifle [for the first time] in 2003."
Name of coach
Zulkifli Mohd [national], MAS

General interest

Hobbies
Singing, dancing, travelling. (Facebook page, 17 Oct 2017)
Injuries
In April 2019 she was still suffering from severe back pain from a C5 spinal injury that happened in 2018. (malaymail.com, 11 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Catch me if you can." (Facebook profile, 17 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
She was a torch bearer for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. (nst.com.my, 18 Aug 2010)
Other sports
She has competed in Para swimming, wheelchair racing and badminton at national level in Malaysia. (intel-biznet.com, 10 Mar 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (mstar.com.my, 05 Oct 2018)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of two separate spinal cord injuries. She sustained the first in 1995 as the result of a car accident. The second occurred in 2001 when she was attacked during an attempted car robbery. "I had a lot of difficulties to actually come out of depression when I became disabled. The thing that really got me out of it is having a sense of humour, believing in a higher plan, and learning new things. I borrowed the spirit from my friends in the disabled fraternity." (Her World Malaysia YouTube channel, 02 Mar 2017; huffingtonpost.com, 08 Aug 2014)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a newsreader for Malaysian television channel NTV7. She also serves as president of the Malaysia Shooting Para Sport Association. (Facebook profile, 03 May 2019)

TYING THE KNOT
She was married for the third time in 2019, to businessmen Mohamed Azam Ali. The couple had known each other for more than three decades, having worked together at Malaysian television station TV3 in the early years of their professional careers. (nst.com.my, 16 Mar 2019)

FEMALE PIONEER
When she began the sport in 2003, she says she was the only female Malaysian Para shooter. "I was the sole air rifle shooter under the Malaysian Paralympic Council, under the supervision of Major Jasni Shaari who was my coach back then. The Selangor shooting range became my playground and the National Sports Council and the Malaysia Sports Institute under the Sports Ministry of Malaysia supported me." (Facebook page, 05 Mar 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has written two novels and an anthology of poetry. She earned an entry into the Malaysia Book of Records' 'Women Achievers' section for embarking on a 14-day, 420-kilometre trip from Johor to Kuala Lumpur in her wheelchair. The journey was motivated by a desire to draw attention to people with impairments. (Facebook page, 03 May 2019; malaysiarecords.com.my, 01 Jun 2011)