We continue our series with the WAG selection from Singapore.
Lim Heem Wei
Began gymnastics at the age of 7 due to “curiosity”, she is probably the best known gymnast from Singapore. The 24 year old has been member of the Singapore National Team since 2004, which coincidentally was also her first year competing internationally. Heem Wei’s name may regularly be spotted on the rosters for World Cup competitions, however there has never been a huge medal haul on her part. She most recently competed at the Anadia Cup in Portugal in June, not making any event finals, placing 13th on vault, 14th on beam and 24th on floor in qualification. At the 2013 Singapore open competition she was 4th in the All Around (3 events competed), 3rd on Floor, 4th on Bars and 2nd on Beam.
She made history becoming Singapore’s first gymnast to compete at the Olympics, when she qualified to the London Olympic Games, grabbing one of the 37 available. She finished in a respectable 45th position out of 98 in qualification at London, beating her own personal best score. As any gymnast or coach from a small gymnastics nation knows, it’s not always about going and winning a medal, it’s also about achieving the scores to making the cut, making personal bests etc.
This is a pretty great video:
Nicolette Lim Shu-Min
Nicolette of Singapore Sports School is a relatively unknown new senior at 16 who began gymnastics at the age of 9. She is part of the WAG 2013 Singapore Squad who are expected to compete in the All Around. In an interview with Youth SG, she said
Other kids usually start training as young as six while I started later. At nine, my body was stiff and I could not do a lot of basic skills. I needed more lessons and body conditioning with the coach to build up my strength and flexibility.
At the 2013 Singapore National Schools Artistic Gymnastics Championships she took gold in the All Around with a total score of 50.950. She also took gold on both Floor and Vault. We have however seen Nicolette compete internationally, she competed at the 2013 Doha World Cup, raking 17th on Bars, 16th on Vault, 24th on Beam and 20th on Floor. At the 2012 Asian Junior Championships she tied for 9th place in the All Around and took gold in the AA competition and on bars at the 2012 Southeast Asian School Games.
In the second trial for the Singapore Worlds 2013 selection squad, she place first in the All Around over veteran gymnast Lim Heem Wei, scoring 47.550. She competed 2 vaults (13.250, 12.900) and achieved scores of 10.900 (bars), 12.950 (beam) and 10.450 (floor).
Image via Youth.SG