PETALING JAYA: National artistic gymnast Mohd Sharul Aimy (pic) has had enough being in the shadows of his teammates.
Now that he has returned from a left knee fracture, the 18-year-old Sharul is wasting no time in asserting his presence in the team.
“I’ve just came back from a severe injury, and there’s bound to be fear, but I wish to get back to my usual ways,” said the Bukit Jalil Sports School pre-university student, who has started his full-time training.
Sharul hurt his left knee when he landed awkwardly during a training session last year.
“For more than a year, I’ve not done anything. It’s time to gain some strength on my legs and also prove to the coaches that I merit my place in the senior squad,” he said.
“I’m lagging behind my teammates, and I’ve to catch up. I want to be in contention for tournaments, that will be my aim this year.”
This year, he was promoted into the senior team together with Ng Chun Chen, Luqman Al-Hafiz and Teoh Chuen Feng. The seniors are Tan Fu Jie, Jeremiah Loo Phay Xing, Zul Bahrin Mat Asri.
“Gymnastics is a sport where you can easily get injured. So, the coaches are focusing on strength and fitness as they don’t want us to get injured. Later, we’ll work on our routines and skills,” he said.
“After four months, it’s good to be back in the gymnasium and reunite with my teammates. I just want to work my way to success and prove my worth for the national badge.”