“She ain’t afraid of the boys” – Chia Sin Yi

She ain’t afraid of the boys.

In fact, she relishes the challenge of playing in a male-dominated sport.

“You need to have abit of an ‘aggressive attitude’, you can’t be girly, but other than that, there’s not much disadvantage for females, in terms of physical strength or size,” said retail assistant Chia Sin Yi.

She was among about 120 youth who competed at the pool tournament of W.A.D! Games at West Coast Recreation Centre on July 12.

Asked why she liked the sport, the 24-year-old said: “It’s challenging, something that females can do well in. There’s a lot of strategy involved; it’s like playing chess.”

“One also needs to have discipline – the way you stand, the way you hit the ball, accuracy is very important.”

She started playing competitively in 2008, and her father was initially apprehensive, as he worried about her being having negative peer influence. But over time, he has been more supportive now.

Her word of encouragement for any ladies in a sport dominated by men — “Believe in yourself, because anyone can play this. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, as long as you’re human, you can train hard and do well!”

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