Be­ing Just As Good

CLEO (Malaysia) - - BODY FEATURE -

Gen­der equal­ity in this sport is bet­ter than be­fore. Nowa­days, schools play a bet­ter role in ex­pos­ing it to both gen­ders. It all be­gan at age nine. But St­effi al­ways loved sports any­way thanks to her dad (also a sportsper­son), who was sup­port­ive in all re­lated en­deav­ours. “I was also very much ac­tive in net­ball, hockey, hand­ball, bad­minton and even in the ath­let­ics. But foot­ball is my main pas­sion.” In case her ath­letic frame doesn’t tell you enough, her proud­est achieve­ment was when she and the Na­tional Fut­sal team earned the bronze medal in the 2013 SEA Games. What does St­effi think of the gen­der norms now? “Girls seem to be more and more adap­tive to the idea of play­ing foot­ball and fut­sal‚” she muses. “Re­ally, these sports aren’t meant only for the op­po­site sex. The phys­i­cal train­ing also doesn’t vary much when it comes to fe­males; all is based on in­di­vid­ual strength and en­durance, so any train­ing rou­tine is em­pha­sised on both phys­i­cal and men­tal as­pects.” When she’s not tear­ing it up on the courts or in the of­fice? “At night, I like to meet friends for din­ner, hang out or catch the lat­est movies.”

It’s a level play­ing field now, ac­cord­ing to St­effi.

St­effi’s a pro at jug­gling – with her knees!

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