PETALING JAYA: Koi Sie Yan (pic) and Amy Kwan Dict Weng shared a sister-like bond during their days with the national rhythmic gymnastics team.
The 21-year-old Sie Yan will be banking on this close relationship to emulate Amy’s feat of winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, in 2018.
Kuantan lass Sie Yan is now the oldest and most senior gymnast in the national team following the 26-year-old Amy’s announcement of her retirement a few days ago.
And Sie Yan’s aim is to win a gold medal just like Amy at the next Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, in 2022.
“My goal is to win at the next Games. Right now, I am the only senior in the team. I’m like the demonstrator for the juniors and sometimes the tuition teacher, ” said Sie Yan.
“If I can do a particular exercise that my coach wants them to do but they can’t, I will help them out. I always tell them to be brave to give their best and be optimistic. Good results will come after doing quality routines.”
Having been together over the years in the national team, Amy’s retirement came as no surprise to Sie Yan.
“Amy spoke about her retirement after returning from an ankle injury last August. Before that she was our guiding light and leader for overseas competitions, ” she said.
“Sometimes when we fall sick during competitions, we make it a point to take care of each other.
“And before a big tournament, we inspire and support each other, especially if one of us makes the finals.
“Outside the gym, we have endless topics to talk about. I’m not a bubbly person, but with Amy, I feel comfortable. She’s very friendly.”
The Philippines SEA Games ribbon gold medal winner Sie Yan said Amy, who won the Olympian of the Year award in 2018, always tells everyone not to give up in the pursuit of their goals in life.
And this advice from her best pal will stand Sie Yan in good stead when she goes through the new routines introduced at the training sessions at the National Sports Council (NSC) Gymnasium.
“Never ever, ever, give up. A typical motto but seriously that’s the key to fight what you’re passionate about. I will always remember Amy’s advice.”
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