“My favourite will be the 100m breaststroke but I won’t be able to take part in it because it will be held on the first day of the competition and I will be sitting for my PMR trials,” said the Form Three student of Chong Hwa Independent High School in Kuala Lumpur.
She came close to the record during the first leg when she clocked an impressive 34.80.
Jia Yi started swimming when she was six years old and has been representing Pahang in junior meets until she moved to Selangor two years ago.
Even as she prepares for her PMR examinations in October, Jia Yi has been training with the Selangor elite swimmers under coach Marilyn Chua.
During the school sessions, she travels daily from her boarding school in Jalan Ipoh to the Shah Alam pool.
“She was in the junior team for a year before she joined the elite team early this year. She is very hard-working and self-motivated so we see a lot of potential in her,” said Marilyn.
“The swimmers use meets such as the SportExcel as a training ground for bigger competitions but we do not want them to take it easy. That is why we want them to set a target to break records or improve on their timing,” she added.
Jia Yi won a gold in the 14 to 15 years 50m breaststroke and a bronze in the 14 to 15 years 100m breastroke during the South-East Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships in Brunei in June.
The same month, she also won a bronze in the 100m breaststroke during the Asean School Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“Her strength is in the breaststroke but we are also training her for the individual medley,” said Chua.
Jia Yi admitted that her weakest stroke is the backstroke and that she is working to improve on it.
“I can barely move when I do the backstroke,” said the soft-spoken swimmer with a laugh.
Her goal for next year is to qualify for the Malaysia Games (Sukma) so she will be training hard to make the cut during the Selangor Age-Group Championships in January.
*Sumber Dari StarMetro