PETALING JAYA: Give national artistic gymnast Tan Ing Yueh another year and she will take over the position as the No. 1 in the country.
She is talented, determined and has big goals.
The 24-year-old Ing Yueh is in the team with Tokyo Olympics-bound Farah Ann Hadi, Tracie Ang, Nor Azira Aziri and Rachel Yeoh Li Wen. Her seniors and the current No. 1 Farah and Tracie are expected to pass the mantle to Ing Yueh next year.
Ing Yueh’s main goal is to make the 2024 Paris Olympics but for now, she is just looking at this Friday’s control test among her teammates.
“We get to assess where we stand during the internal competitions this Friday. It’s something that all of us are looking forward to, ” said Ing Yueh, who trains under Natalia Sinkova and Ng Shu Wai.
Ing Yueh has been with the national team for 11 years. The first four years were with the junior team.
“I’ve gone through ups and downs. I’ve been floored by injuries and there have been good times with good results too. I will never get tired of gymnastics, ” said the final year communications student with Sunway University.
Last year was a good year as she won silver (floor exercise), bronze (vault) at the World Challenge Cup in China and also bagged two silvers at the Stella Zakharova Cup in Ukraine. In the National Championships, she underlined her perseverance to be the best by winning the individual all-around title.
“One of the best memories is winning the team gold at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. Performing in front of our home fans was wonderful... I’ll always cherish that, ” said Ing Yueh.
It would have been a perfect year for Ing Yueh last year if she had made the cut for the Tokyo Olympics but she missed it.
“I’ve years of experience and I will not give up. The ultimate goal is to make the Olympics. I’ll be older but age is not a barrier, ” she said.
“Like any other athlete from any sport, I’m resilient and I’ll continue to work harder. I will raise the standard of my performance, ” added Ing Yueh.