Pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk comes to Fatin Syahirah's defence

PETALING JAYA: Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk has come to the aid of fellow skateboarder Fatin Syahirah Roszizi after she was bullied by social media users over her performance at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.

Hawk, who is one of the influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding, wrote a comment on Fatin's Instagram account telling her not to give up, but to be an inspiration instead to a new generation of Malaysian skaters.

"Don't give up! If I had listened to the haters throughout my life, I would have stopped skating way too soon.

"They are simply projecting their insecurities on you because they wish they had the courage to follow their dreams," he wrote.

Fatin had been criticised by social media users over her poor performance after a clip of her performance went viral. The criticism led her to delete pictures on her Instagram account, leaving only a post saying sorry.

However, many came to her defence, including Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who asked that criticism be directed at him.

"I will continue to defend Fatin on her patriotism for taking on the challenge of representing the nation at a young age," he told reporters at the National Day 2018 celebration at Dataran Putrajaya on Friday (Aug 31).

On Friday afternoon, Fatin posted two pictures on Instagram, one of which had the message "Thank you for your support". It has gotten over 11,000 likes, as well as messages of encouragement, with netizens urging her to "keep on skating" and "don't quit".

In her latest post, she thanked her family, friends and sponsor Skate4Mation for the support and encouragement.

"Never stop pushing and pride is forever," Fatin wrote.

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