Being Just As Good
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!