PETALING JAYA: Eleven years in the national set-up has taught artistic gymnast Tan Ing Yueh the importance of goal setting.
And the 24-year-old hopes her juniors too will set for themselves clear plans to be successful.
Ing Yueh is impressed with the commitment shown by youngsters in the senior team like Geanie Ng, Zarith Imaan Khalid, Tashalina Shaharuddin and Esmelda Alfred but said there were room for improvements.
“They are talented, and we can see their love for the sport. But, I believe there is more to it than just having talents, ” said Ing Yueh.
“They need to know what they want for their future. One cannot just take part in gymnastics for the sake of it but need to have short- and long-term goals.
“Without targets, the gymnasts will be aimless. I would encourage them to write down their targets for major events, scores for domestic competitions and draft a road map to the Olympics.”
Besides Ing Yueh, the other seniors in the team are Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Tracie Ang, Rachel Yeoh Li Wen and Nur Azira Aziri. All are learning new routines taught by their coaches Natalia Sinkova and Ng Shu Wai.
Ing Yueh is looking forward to several internal tests to gauge her form as she is unable to compete outside due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have plenty of time now to improve our skills and put into practice what we have learnt during the control testings, ” added Ing Yueh, who is undergoing quarantine-based training in Bukit Jalil.