PETALING JAYA: National artistic gymnast Jeremiah Loo Phay Xiang was on the brink of retirement last year but a dream to win another gold at the SEA Games has kept him going.
Like many during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, Jeremiah was unsure of his future as the 2017 SEA Games pommel horse gold medallist was down with a shoulder injury and the team did not have any competitions to go to.
“Yes, I did consider quitting last year. It was hard for me, ” said the 23-year-old Jeremiah, who had contemplated to follow in the footsteps of his good friend Chau Jern Rong, who retired from the national team last year.
“But after a year of recovery, I’ve picked up my confidence and I’m trying to push myself. I’m not the only gymnast who goes through such problem.
“Many gymnasts have bounced back after severe injuries. So I just told myself to be mentally strong during rehab.
“I still have a dream and that’s to win at the Hanoi SEA Games (in November).”
His hope now is to participate in the World Challenge Cup from June 3-6 in Egypt and make an impression.
He has already completed his vaccination and hopes the team will be allowed to travel.