School Program Story by Danielle Freeland
On Monday, Shamini Flint had us wide eyed at the Old Courthouse in Ipswich yesterday. She regaled us with tales of school in Malysia in the 1970’s where you would get hit on the knuckles if you made a mistake and made to run around the oval in your underwear if you forgot your sports uniform.
Despite, or because, of these challenges and conflict with her parents, she grew up in a tumultuous environment. To escape the drama, she used to get up in the middle of the night and watch soccer on TV by herself on a black and white TV. This was the beginning of a love affair with sport.
Shamini learned everything there was to know about soccer even though she never even had a ball to practice with. After a while, she decided she was going to be the greatest soccer player in the world. The fly in the ointment was she didn’t have a ball. She asked her parents, but they said girls don’t play soccer. She asked her Grandma for a ball but she said she couldn’t believe Shamini was her granddaughter. She was then told to do the things the other girls did which was to learn cooking and sewing.
Unlike most authors, Shamini prefers to write mainly from experience – even if it is a little exaggerated at times. She says it is a great therapy to relive some of the tortured moments of her childhood and to exact revenge on those that tormented her. In fact, she’s written 48 books in 13 years. Her love of sports drove her to write many of these with sports themes. She did eventually buy a soccer ball and she insisted her two kids play sports. Her book, Ten, is about her desire to be a soccer player and starting a girls’ soccer team.
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