Leanne Choo: There’s New Potential Growing!
……….澳大利亞優秀 華裔女運動員 周玉蓮訪談記………..
*Writen By Joanne Phan/ Reporter of South Australia Chinese Weekly *
Leanne Choo has the opportunity that most could only imagine. She has the opportunity to represent Australia in the London 2012 Olympic Games in Badminton.
This is a young woman that has represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, has a list of achievements to her name all before her 20th birthday (which happens to be the Sunday coming when we conducted the interview).
Her love for badminton began when she was 8. She had tried numerous sports, which included badminton but originally wanted to pursue basketball until she was inform she was too short to play. Her parent supported her persuading her to continue playing badminton and since then hasn’t looked back.
I notice that she does have that competitive nature that every sport athlete has and so she should, she has set herself up with some high goals and there are definitely obstacles.
I ask her if she has ever faced any obstacles through this entire experience and had the thought of quitting ever crossed her mind. She nods and agrees “particularly when I am not performing well or when I am not improving as much as I would like. But I don’t like giving up, I don’t like quitting”.
Her father, Peng Choo who was also at the interview was very excited by the prospects of Leanne’s achievements could mean not only for herself but for the Chinese Community. “There’s a lot of pride here to be celebrated for the Chinese Community as well” he states. She is compared in the interview by Dr Han as being a seedling and the Chinese Community in South Australia is very fertile soil, which given enough care, support, it can offer great opportunities, which can result in great achievements not only for herself but for the community.
Being part of the first generation in Australia and knowing your parents have moved over from their homes is knowledge the second generation is raised with. Her father originally from Brunei imagined giving his children greater and wider opportunities in Australia. Leanne explains she has never considered representing any other country except Australia, it is her home, she was born here so it makes complete sense that her wishes are to be given the opportunity to represent Australia in the 2012 London Olympics. Representing Australia, a multicultural country and being of Asian heritage has never handicapped her in badminton or in her performance.
Currently, she is preparing herself for the next 12 tournaments she will be partaking in over the next 9 weeks. After she reaches her goal of playing at the 2012 London Olympics, she has her next goal to finish her studies; she is currently studying Architecture part-time at Adelaide University.
After the interview I spoke to her about her plans for the weekend. It enlightened me to know that through all the many hours of training, which I could only imagine is hard, straining and difficult she also balances a social life with friends and family and her studies. She is very much an Australian-Asian girl, who celebrated her 20th birthday on Saturday night the way most 20 year olds do, a night in town with a group of good friends.
The Rewards of Leanne Choo
-2011 Li-Ning Sunlight Altona International in Melbourne 10/6/11 to 12/6/11
-Winner of Womens Doubles and Mixed doubles.
-Awarded the best female player of the tournament.
-2011 Whyte Trophy Team Event (Australia vs New Zealand) 9/6/11
-Australia won back the Whyte trophy for the first time since 1995 when they defeated NZ 4-1 in Melbourne today.
– Leanne won Womens Doubles.
-2010 Commonwealth Games 9/10/10 to 14/10/10 Represented Australia
-2010 TAHITI International Series 3/9/10 to 5/9/10 Winner of Womens Doubles
-2010 Oceania Championship Winner of Womens Doubles
-Most successful junior badminton champion in Australia from 2005-2009.
-Number 1 for Singles in Australia (junior and senior) 2006-2008
-Number 1 for womens doubles and mixed doubles (junior)2006-2008
-2006 Under 17 Australasian Junior Championship – Triple Winner
-2007 Australian Junior Championship
– Triple Winner (Womens Singles, Womens Doubles, Mixed Doubles)
-2008 Under 19 Australasian Junior Championship
– Triple Winner. (first triple winner for SA)
There’s new potential growing!