Tammy hungry for more after universiade breakthrough

SEPANG: World University Games (WUG) gold medallist Tammy Tan is prepared to step up to the plate if she is given the opportunity to represent the country in other major international competitions in the future.

Tammy, who returned from Chengdu this morning, said she is determined to continue working hard to improve her performances.

"My plan is to continue training hard after this because I know I still have a lot of room for improvement," said Tammy at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

"I still have a lot of skills which need to be sharpened. This will help me improve my performances in the future.

"For those championships (Asian Games, Sea Games, world championships) I will definitely give it my best if I am selected to go. I will follow what the Wushu Federation of Malaysia (WFM) decides.

"Everyone in our team has (been given) their own missions. For me this time, the mission was WUG."

The 22-year-old was not included in national squad for the Hangzhou Asian Games (Sep 23-Oct 8) which was named last month.

In addition to the Asiad, wushu exponents also have the world championships in Dallas (Nov 16-20) to aim for this year.

Tammy shot into the limelight last week after unexpectedly claiming the women's qiangshu event gold in China last week.

It was a historic feat for the country as it ended Malaysia's 32-year wait for gold in WUG.

"I feel very happy and very thankful to be able to win this gold and do the nation proud," added Tammy.

"It was not something I had expected. I just tried my best to stay calm and remain focused. It was an awesome experience for me."

Tammy expressed her gratitude WFM, Higher Education Ministry, National Sports Council and National Sports Institute for the support they have provided her.

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