Lim Heem Wei made history when she became the first Singaporean gymnast to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The petite athlete has always been known for her mental determination to overcome whatever obstacles that come her way.
Her nonchalance towards her litany of injuries may be surprising to some. While sprains and strains are all too common for serious gymnasts, she has been through much worse. In 2007, she suffered a stress fracture to her lower back. The next year, she fractured her left foot while training for the Asian Gymnastics Championships.
Heem Wei’s determination paid off when she competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo in 2010 that qualified her for the Olympic test event in January 2012. She did well enough to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
She did consider quitting the sport after her first SEA Games, feeling she was merely average. “There were so many gymnasts around me who displayed more talent,” she stated emphatically. Yet that did not stop her from trying her best.
“I knew that I had to make up for any intrinsic shortfalls with sheer hard work. I just kept working, working, working towards it.”
The above is an excerpt from “Game For Life”, a book that chronicles the journeys of 25 Singaporeans whose lives have been made extraordinary through sport. To read more about Heem Wei among other inspiring stories of hope and achievement, get your copy of “Game for Life” for just SGD$ 20 from SSC’s Sports Library located at 230 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore 397799.
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