Let’s go the distance – athletes share wishes and aspirations for 2019


A New Year heralds new aspirations and achievements. The StarSport team caught up with some of our athletes to share their thoughts and wishes for 2019. As we usher in the New Year, Starsport wishes all our readers a wonderful year ahead.

NICOL DAVID

Squash

Q: What is the one change you’d like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: Rather than change, I propose sustain. It’s vital to have the support, finance and programmes that have already shown amazing results and have continuity in the long run.

Q: If there’s something that needs to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: I’m the happiest with all that I have in life. However, I’d like to continue to learn to be kinder to myself and be more self aware of the great things life has blessed me with.

Q: What is the one fun thing you’d like to do in 2019?

A: I would like to explore Africa.

RAFIQ ISMAIL

Bowling

Q: What is the one change you’d like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: I hope that there will be a day when people around the world will recognise Malaysia first because of its sporting excellence. All the national athletes have a role to play in making that happen.

Q: If there’s something that needs to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: I want to lose some kilos. I feel so fat, even more so after returning from my holiday in South Korea!

Q: What is the one fun thing you’d like to do in 2019?

A: I want nothing more than a family trip. There are 15 of us, so it’s really difficult to get everyone to travel together. Hopefully, it’ll happen this year, and our destination will be Europe.

AARON CHIA

Badminton

Q: What is the one change you’d like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: More kids and youngsters getting involved in sports.

Q: If there’s something that needs to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: I’ve a bad temper. Hopefully, I’ll try to manage my anger better. This will help me be calmer on the court, and be a better person.

Q: What is the one fun thing you’d like to do in 2019?

A: Skydiving, maybe!

AMY KWAN DICT WENG

Rhythmic Gymnastic

Q: What is the one change you’d like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: I’m impressed with Malaysian sports as we’re able to compete with other world class athletes. So, I hope the government will increase their support.

Q: If there’s something that needs to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: I want to be better in every aspect. I’ve weaknesses to overcome; I promise to work harder.

Q: What is the one fun thing you’d like to do in 2019?

A: A family trip ... It’s been a while since I travelled with my family due to training, competitions and exams. They usually travel without me. My last family trip was in the year 2015. I don’t mind going anywhere as long as it is with my family.

MUHD SHAH FIRDAUS SAHROM

Track cycling

Q: What is the one change you’d like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: Sports leaders who really care for the athletes.

Q: If there’s something that need to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: Be more punctual.

Q: What is the one fun thing you would like to do in 2019?

A: Cook western food.

JAMES WONG

Swimming

Q: What is the one change you’d like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: More self-belief that we can compete amongst the best in our sports.

Q: If there’s something that needs to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: I wouldn’t change anything.

Q: What is the one fun thing you’d like to do in 2019?

A: Visit Tokyo and see the Olympic stadiums midway through construction – it’ll inspire me to be there in 2020.

ADAM NORRODIN

Motoracing

Q: What is the one change you like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: I hope all Malaysian sports will one day become world class – from football, athletics, cycling to other sports.

Q: If there’s something that needs to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: I still have weaknesses, especially my mental preparation. I want to achieve and learn more.

Q: What is the one fun thing you like to do in 2019?

A: I’ll jump to the 600cc this year – it’ll be fun, and I want to learn new things.

S. PREM KUMAR

Karate exponent

Q: What is the one change you’d like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: The welfare of athletes needs to be given more importance, most of us have financial problems. It’ll be great to enjoy Social Security Organisation (Socso) and Employees Provident Fund (EPF) deductions in the future.

Q: If there’s something that needs to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: I want to improve my lifestyle ... have a balance between career and family.

Q: What is the one fun thing you’d like to do in 2019?

A: It’ll be fun to own a new car ... my dream is to drive a BMW M5.

LEE HUP WEI

High jump

Q: What is the one change you’d like to see in Malaysian sport?

A: I feel there’s a lack of grassroot development. I hope to see more schoolchildren get involved in sports.

Q: If there’s something that needs to be improved in your life, what would that be?

A: To overcome fears of falling short of my own expectations. And I want to stop making the same mistakes.

Q: What is one fun thing you’d like to do in 2019?

A: I will dance all night if I qualify for the World Championships for the first time.

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