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Khatijah Surattee

Khatijah Surattee made an illustrious name for herself in shooting. Rebellious and headstrong, Khatijah joined the Army in 1968 and it was there that she was introduced to her first gun at the age of 18. Although trained to operate submachine guns and M16s, it was the air pistol that brought her recognition.

In 1983 she took part in the SEA Games in Singapore. Not only was this her first international competition, it was the first time that women shooters had represented Singapore in the games. A well-deserved individual bronze in the 10-metre air pistol event started her off on a trail of national and international achievements which were to follow.

In 1987 she won a silver medal in the SEA Games in Jakarta and followed this up with entry into the 1988 World Championships held in Munich. The 21st Olympiad, held in Seoul that year saw Khatijah as the only female representative from Singapore, an outstanding achievement in itself.

Gold eventually came her way in 1988 in the SEA Championships as well as the title of Sportswoman of the Year. It was a remarkable achievement for a remarkable woman. More successes were still to come in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, and in the 1991 SEA Games in Manila she gained a silver medal for her efforts.

The culmination of her career resulted in an award in 1998, a 30th Anniversary Special Commendation, for her performance, her participation and her significant contribution to sports in SAFSA. She is still credited to this day with an unbeaten 1986 National record for Air Pistol (women). From an unknown outspoken young woman, she became an inspirational and successful shooting star.

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