World champion badminton player
I like how the sport is very 'alive'. We need to be strong physically and mentally, while also being smart and creative during the game. It teaches a lot of values on the court that are beneficial in life too.
Tell us your story, how did you get here?
Every road to success is paved with struggles and my journey took a lot of discipline, perseverance and dedication. I had to learn everything on the go, and make hard decisions and sacrifices to get to where I am today.
What impact have you made in Singapore?
It’s not for me to say if I made an impact alone. But one of the greatest compliments I’ve received is hearing parents and schools sharing that my winning the title of World Champion has inspired their children and students to pick up badminton. I’m truly humbled by the support and the kind words I’ve received. I hope to keep playing at the highest level for as long as I can.
What does 2022 look like for you?
It hasn’t been easy to keep up with the pressure after winning the World Championship, but I’m grateful to have broken into the world’s top 10 and be shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the greatest players in the sport. It’ll be a rough ride ahead but I truly believe good things will come to those who are patient. I’m positive that 2022 will be a greater year than before.
What do you love most about Singapore?
I like how it’s very clean and green. I’m a big fan of nature and I love how everywhere is surrounded by greenery here. It’s a comfort to call one of the safest countries in the world my home. To have that peace of mind is a big plus.
What do you love most about your sport?
I like how the sport is very ‘alive’. We need to be strong physically and mentally, while also being smart and creative during the game. It teaches a lot of values on the court that are beneficial in life too.
Who is your Local Legend, and why?
It’d have to be my coach, Kelvin Ho. He’s been there throughout my ups and downs over the years, always keeping me focused and shining a guiding light in life and on the court. Having grown side-by-side with him since I was 15, I’d say we almost have a telepathic connection. We win together, we lose together, we celebrate achievements together – he’s my local legend.