Hsu Ann wants glo­ri­ous re­tire­ment

New Straits Times - - Sport -

A PODIUM fin­ish at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017) this month could be the per­fect fi­nal cur­tain for wake­boarder Cheah Hsu Ann.

The 29-year-old, who tied the knot in April with BJJ (Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu) ex­po­nent Joakim Chienh, is plan­ning to call it quits af­ter the Games and move to Swe­den).

Hsu Ann, who took a break from the cor­po­rate law field in 2014 to fo­cus on her pas­sion, be­lieves it’s fi­nally time to set­tle down.

“I reached the fi­nal in 2011 (Palem­bang) and came re­ally close to win­ning a medal in 2015 (Sin­ga­pore). This time I want to stand on the podium,” said the Malaysia Open cham­pion.

“I hope to win a sil­ver medal at least but I’ll be happy to stand on the podium. I will be re­tir­ing af­ter this, so it will be nice.

“I have been in­volved in the sport for the past nine years and about six years com­pet­i­tively. I think it’s time for me to fo­cus on start­ing a fam­ily.”

Hsu Ann tipped Sin­ga­pore’s Sasha Chris­tian to be the star of the event in the women’s open and In­done­sia’s Galuh Mu­tiara Maulid­ina to also be one of the medal con­tenders.

Hsu Ann added that she will not give up the sport en­tirely, and hopes its pop­u­lar­ity will pick up here.

“I will still wake­board when I come across any com­pe­ti­tion when I am over­seas.

“It’s re­ally cold in Swe­den, so the sea­son is short. In Malaysia, we get to wake­board all year round.

“I hope that with home ground ad­van­tage, we will do well at the Sea Games and help to pop­u­larise the sport. For now, it’s still very ex­pen­sive be­cause you will need a boat and also petrol to op­er­ate it.

“In other coun­tries, they’ve got ca­ble parks. There are au­to­mated ma­chines and it’s much more cost ef­fi­cient. Hope­fully we get to see some­thing like that here soon.”

Cheah Hsu Ann wants to fo­cus on start­ing a fam­ily.

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