AS one of the more than 200 hopefuls auditioning to be a red fm DJ at the Star Education Fair 2006, Agatha Yu gave a halting presentation that wasn’t much to shout about.
But when the 23-year-old opened her mouth to sing during the ‘Radio on Air Personaliy (RAP)’ audition, her deep, strong voice ‘halted’ those few precious seconds of airtime.
Her talent seemed incredible enough on its own till you discover that this ex-state badminton player lost her left leg in a road accident seven years ago.
Verses in the Bible comforted her and the next day when told her leg had to be amputated, she didn’t cry when she told her mother to sign the consensus form.
Not only were her sporting days over but also her dream of entering the broadcasting field as her physical condition worked against that.
“I thought that as a DJ, I would be one step closer to the music scene,” said Yu, the eldest of two in a single mother family. Her bookkeeper mother accompanied her to the audition.
An ex-Convent Green Lane girl, she watched peers like squash player Nicol David go on to become a world champion while she couldn’t even sit her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination as the accident happened just a few months before the exam.
“I find my strength from God. I initially tried being cheerful but it doesn’t work by itself,” she said.
She has now taken the American SAT exams instead and picked up computer skills that help her earn some income while she waits for her big break.