Tracie Ang has recovered from her injuries and she's ready to compete in the Commonwealth Games Invitational Competition in Perth from April 25-27. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: National top artistic gymnast Tracie Ang is ready to take away the gloom from the Malaysian gymnastics scene with some good results, now that her long wait to see action is finally over.
Tracie, who turned 21 on March 21, will spearhead the team for the Commonwealth Games Invitational Competition in Perth from April 25-27.
Tracie has not participated in any competitions since July last year when she did the country proud by becoming the only gymnast to reach the final of the World Cup Challenge in Doha, in the balance beam event.
Since then she has been in and out of rehabilitation over the past nine months because of several injuries.
Having recently been given a clean bill of health, Tracie is now aiming to make a return.
“I am really looking forward to this trip. Currently, I do not have any serious injuries. There are just the normal pains due to the tough training that we go through,” said Tracie.
“I am quite excited not only because it is my first international competition in many months but also because it is an important platform for me and my team-mates to prove ourselves ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (July).”
The others named for the competition are Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Tan Ing Yueh, Nur Eli Elinna Azmi and Rachel Yeoh.
“In Perth, we will be able to gauge where we stand among the gymnasts from all the Commonwealth countries. We are really motivated to put to test our new routines and just get a feel of the intense rivalry.”
Tracie’s ultimate aim is to become the first local artistic gymnast to nail a medal at the Commonwealth Games, where six gold medals are on offer for artistic gymnastics.
“In the past, the rhythmic gymnasts have contributed many medals for Malaysia at the Commonwealth Games. We hardly hear the same success from the women’s artistic team. I hope to change that this year,” she said with an air of confidence.
“Four years ago (at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games), I was a member of the team who finished fourth overall. It was Malaysia’s best result in artistic gymnastics. Our team have improved and we have the potential to challenge for a medal this year,” added Tracie, who finished ninth in the individual all-around event at the last Games in 2010.
Besides a good showing at the pre-Commonwealth competition, Tracie is also hoping to justify her place in the squad for the Glasgow Games during a selection trial to name the best five gymnasts after she returns from Perth.