SEA Games 2019: I will not give up says, Taekwondo's Chelsea Sim
08 December 2019
By Angelina Dass
Singapore’s Taekwondo exponent Chelsea Sim finished sixth out of 10 competitors in the women’s individual poomsae finals held at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Saturday (7 Dec).
Chelsea Sim competing in the individual Poomsae finals on Saturday (8 Dec)
Together with her team-mates, the 23-year-old again finished in sixth place in the Women’s team poomsae finals held later in the day. This time it was out of six competing countries.
Despite the result, Chelsea felt she did the best she could for both events, making sure not to get distracted by “uncontrollables”, for example the subjective scoring for the poomsae, which is a performance form of Taekwondo.
From Left: Megan Chin, Diyanah Aqidah and Chelsea Sim compete in the Women’s team poomsae finals.
“Every athlete dreams the same dream of getting a medal to do their country proud but not every athlete will be able to bring a medal back,” said Chelsea.
Competing in three previous Southeast Asian Games, this is the first edition that she leaves empty-handed. Chelsea won a silver in the 2013 Myanmar Games, a gold at home in 2015, and a bronze in the last edition two years ago in Kuala Lumpur from the individual poomsae category, and a bronze in the mixed pair poomsae (2015).
“The level of competition gets tougher at each games and there were a lot more competitors this year. So, the disappointment is inevitable especially since I took time off work to devote my time entirely to train for Singapore,” said Chelsea, who is a clients and markets executive at Deloitte.
From Left: Megan Chin, Diyanah Aqidah and Chelsea Sim finished the event in sixth place.
She had taken four months off work to train full time for the SEA Games and her training consists three session a day for a maximum of 15 sessions a week. She also went overseas for a month for intensive training leading up to the Games.
While she did not bring a medal back this time, she is focused on the additional year of experience she now has.
“(This) will help me to be a better athlete and possibly a good coach in future,” she said. “I will not give up and will continue training very hard.
“I would like to continue to inspire the younger athletes out there that nothing is impossible if they set their heart and mind to it.”