Natasha has burn­ing de­sire to de­liver

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NA­TIONAL fencer Natasha Ez­zra Abu Bakar has tar­geted gold in the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games be­cause she wants to prove her worth in front of the home crowd, es­pe­cially her fam­ily.

In the 2015 Sea Games, Natasha, 26, lost in the quar­ter-fi­nals to Sin­ga­porean Wang Weny­ing 15-14 and wants to make amends.

“I think my tough­est com­peti­tor will be from Viet­nam but I will try my best to fight for the gold medal for Malaysia.”

Ranked 29th in Asia, Natasha is aware of her weaknesses and wants to fo­cus on turn­ing them into strengths be­fore at­tempt­ing to win the gold medal.

“I need to learn to be more re­laxed and lessen the pres­sure on my­self. I also need to take it one step at a time and never sur­ren­der.”

Natasha wants to use com­pet­ing on home ground to her ad­van­tage.

“The ad­van­tage will be the sup­port from Malaysians and my fam­ily, which will flame my spir­its.”

Natasha will be com­pet­ing in the in­di­vid­ual foil cat­e­gory and will en­dure a two-month train­ing stint in South Korea to bet­ter pre­pare for the Games in Au­gust along­side team­mate Joshua Koh.

Natasha will be in Hong Kong for the 2017 Asian Fenc­ing Cham­pi­onships (June 17-22) where she will com­pete in her first in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment of the year. Farah Azharie

Natasha Ez­zra Abu Bakar

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