Singapore’s Lim Heem Wei announces retirement

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In a statement on the Singapore Gymnastics Federation’s website, top gymnast Lim Heem Wei announced her retirement from the sport of elite gymnastics today:

I am here to announce that I’m officially withdrawing from the Singapore Gymnastics Women Artistic Gymnastics High Performance Programme… It has been my privilege and honour to have had the opportunities to bring glory to Singapore all these years and this had certainly been a tough decision.

 

As I move on to my next phase in life, I would like to say to all future rising stars out there – life is too short for regrets: believe in yourself, chase that dream, and never look back in regret. I wish all gymnasts in Singapore all the best in your future endeavours.

With love,

Weiwei

Now 25, Heem Wei began gymnastics at the age of 7 due to “curiosity”, she is probably the best known gymnast from Singapore. She has been member of the Singapore National Team since 2004, which coincidentally was also her first year competing internationally. She competed in her first Commonwealth Games in 2010, ranking 6th with the team and 15th in the AA final. It was here that she made her big break, ranking 7th in the Bars final and scooping silver in the beam final behind Lauren Mitchell of Australia with this beauty of a routine:

Heem Wei’s name may regularly have been spotted on the rosters for World Cup competitions, however there has never been a huge medal haul on her part at these events.  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. However at the same competition in 2014 she only medalled on beam, taking bronze.

This year she competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she placed 19th in the AA final and the team from Singapore ranking 7th. Following this she competed at the Asian Games, qualifying to the All Around final in 10th place securing the highest placing of any gymnast from Singapore.  She eventually finished 14th in the AA final.

She made history in 2013, when she became the first female gymnast from Singapore to have earned an Olympic berth for her country, competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games where she placed 45th AA in qualification out of 98.

A video favourite of ours is the below featuring the gymnast:

Wishing WeiWei the best in life after gymnastics!

Image via Getty Images.

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