Jenny Soh Fong Mee has set her sight on the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in September 2014, posted theborneopost.com.
The 21-year old undergraduate of Kolej Bandar Utama (KBU) in Kuala Lumpur is currently taking a six-month break from intensive training to catch up on her studies.
She expects to start serious training after the completion of her third semester year in June.
“There are lots of revisions to do and achieving good academic results remain my top priority,” said Jenny, who returned home to celebrate Chinese New Year with her family here.
“The onus is now on myself to do well both in my college year and also doubled as a good taekwondo exponent. This is not an easy combination but hopefully, I could balance it out with a positive mindset.”
Jenny, who competes in the welter weight category, enjoyed a fruitful season last year at both the home front and international arena.
She emerged a double gold medalist at the 2013 National Taekwondo Championship and the 2013 Inter-Club Taekwondo Championship held in Kuala Lumpur.
She also garnered a bronze medal at the Asian University Games in Korea before her medal-winning performance at the SEA Games in Myanmar.
Despite these achievements, Jenny said she is hungry for more.
“I hope to excel at the top, perhaps to represent Malaysia at the Olympics one day, but that will require a tremendous amount of hard work and sacrifice,” she added.
The competitive exponent knows what sacrifice is all about.
She put in about seven hours of hard daily training at the Bukit Jalil Sports School when she was preparing for the Myanmar SEA Games.
The seven hours included light hill running to improve stamina and constant sparring with instructors to improve fighting skills.
Jenny, unfortunately, did sustain a hamstring tear on her left leg during training.
“I hate myself for not being able to come back with a better result and I believe I could have done better if I am injury-free before going into the match against my exponent who is from Vietnam,” she related her Myanmar experience.
Malaysia collected one silver and five bronze medals for taekwondo at the SEA Games in December 2013.