National gymnast, Tracie Ang, who has been out injured since last July, is set to make a full comeback for the Commonwealth and Asian Games trials in April. - AFP
KUALA LUMPUR: Patience and diligence are virtues worth having. Just ask national woman artistic gymnast Tracie Ang.
The 20-year-old Tracie has gone through the longest rehabilitation programme in her gymnastics career and is now ready to make a strong comeback and earn tickets to the Commonwealth and Asian Games.
The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow from July 23-Aug 3 and the Asiad in Incheon from Sept 19-Oct 4.
The Malacca-born Tracie expects to be back in full swing by the time she competes in the Malaysian Gymnastic Federation’s (MGF) selection trials for the two major events in April.
Tracie has been faithfully undergoing the rehabilitation programme at National Sports Institute (NSI) since last July after suffering from multiple injuries, starting with a back problem and then spreading to her shoulder, ankle and hamstring.
Just before injuries, Tracie had done well for Malaysia. She was the country’s top performer when she made it to one final at the World Cup Challenge in Doha as the fifth qualifier in the balance beam.
Tracie is glad that she managed to get through the rehabilitation without any disruption this time.
“It is the longest time that I have gone for treatment but I did not stop half way. This time, I followed it strictly,” said Tracie.
“I’m glad that I followed it without dropping out halfway as I’m almost 80% recovered. It was not easy though as there were days when I felt like giving up ... but I was disciplined.
“Now, I’m looking forward to the selection trials with more optimism. I aim to win the right to represent Malaysia in both the Commonwealth and Asian Games.”
Tracie did creditably well at the last two Games. She made it to one final at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi 2010 and finished ninth in the individual all-around. At the Asiad in Guangzhou the same year, she also qualified for one final and finished 10th in the individual all-around.
Tracie said that a new coach from China, Kui Yuan Yuan, has been managing the national team since January.
National chief coach Nurul Fatiha Abdul Hamid is expecting her second child and has requested for time-off from handling the elite athletes. She will be in charge of the juniors for now.
The others in the elite programme are Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Tan Ing Yueh and Nur Eli Elinna Azmi.