Faith and perseverance – both physically and mentally. Gymnastics training is really gruelling – when I was in the Hong Kong team we trained 6 days a week for 3-4 hours each time. The routine was very demanding, but I enjoyed it. It was a very competitive environment – out of a team of 20 people, only the best would be selected. When I was 13 or 14 years old I realised that I had no chance of being selected, because I was too tall and stocky. Nevertheless, I kept on training until I was 19.
One day, my dad told me that I don’t need to be so tough all the time. I cried hearing that. As the oldest child, I often felt that I had all the weight on my shoulders. I never told my mum that I wanted to give up, because she had enough on her plate with my two little brothers, and I didn’t want to create any extra trouble. Despite my size, I do have my weak points mentally. When I’m down, I feel weak. Strength isn’t about how much you can lift – it’s about having the right mindset. That’s why my mum is my idol – she’s been through so much, but she’s always managed to keep her head above water. She is a really strong person. I’m quite emotional, and I often cry. However, my mum has taught me the importance of perseverance – she’s always been there for me throughout my life.