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ROOKIE Abigail Cheok is only planning to toughen up on her competitive temperament when she takes part in the women’s artistic gymnastics contest at the Malaysia Games.
The 14-year-old Abigail has displayed promise by making a clean sweep in all four disciplines — floor exercise, vault, balance beam and uneven bars — to emerge as the girls’ Under-15 champion at this season’s Kuala Lumpur schools (MSSWPKL) meet.
However, the SMK Aminuddin Baki Form Two student finished 12th overall in her age-group at the recently concluded national schools (MSSM) championships over the mid-year school holiday.
“I am delighted that I have made the cut as the fourth-ranked entry in the team for the Games.
“It is definitely a step up to compete at the Games.
“I want to give it a go and soak up the atmosphere at a higher level competition.
“I am sure that the experience will be very valuable as part of my learning process in becoming more skilful,” said Abigail.
Kuala Lumpur have included two fresh faces in their women’s artistic gymnastics line-up.
Another newcomer Teng Hai Cheng will be part of the six-member team led by their top- ranked entry Raine Wong.
Besides siblings Skye and Steff Chow, Lee Ann is the other member of the team under the care of coach Hong Siew Wai.
For seasoned campaigners Raine and Skye, the current four-day outing will be their final appearance at the Games.
Team manager Chong Siew Han said they were impressed with a pool of young talented girls waiting in line to move up and fight for their places in the team in the future.
“The club-based programmes have done well in nurturing the talent at the moment.
“For them (potential gymnasts) to move forward from here, we need to introduce a more structured system with full-time state coaches guiding them in more intensive training sessions,” he added.
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