By Sasha Christian/Red Sports

Emily Sin, 19, won the Duilian gold at the 2011 World Wushu Championships. The NUS student will be competing in four events at the upcoming SEA Games. (Photo © Joseph Lee/Red Sports)

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Emily Sin, 19, will be competing in her second South-East Asian (SEA) Games this December. Emily won the Duilian gold at the 2011 SEA Games.

We caught up with Emily to ask about her preparations for the Games.

Sasha: What challenges have you faced heading into the SEA Games?
Emily Sin: Coping with first-year University studies and the increased number of events – from one to four – I have to take in the upcoming SEA Games.

What do you hope to gain from this SEA Games?
Emily: Experience and exposure, as I will be doing individual events for the first time in this SEA Games. Also, the new Duilian team requires a lot of experience to build up rapport. I hope to achieve the best results possible.

What has your training been like in the lead-up to the SEA Games?
Emily: Every day, the training consists of practicing movements and routines repeatedly. Also, strength conditioning and stamina training.

Who is your role model?
Emily: Generally, I look up to people who know what they want to achieve and are clear about their directions in life.

When and how did you get started in your sport?
Emily: I started pursuing this sport when I was 8 years old. I happened to see an ongoing training back in my primary school one afternoon and decided that it was very cool. After that, I joined the CCA (co-curricular activity) with my brother and another friend.

Which school(s) did you represent?
Emily: I represented Guangyang Primary School, Nanyang Girls’ High School and Hwa Chong Institution.

What is your best school sport memory?
Emily: There’s no one particular best school sport memory. I have always looked forward to inter-school competitions because it’s the time when I get to meet up with all my wushu friends in one place and have lots of fun and laughter together.

What is your favourite food?
Emily: Chocolate. Any types of chocolate except caramelised ones. 😀

If you did not take up wushu competitively, what other sport would you do?
Emily: Is choir considered a sport? Hahahaha!

Any pre-event rituals?
Emily: I must drink coffee an hour before I perform. Warm-up as usual and keep going through the kind of performance that I want to bring up on the carpet.

What is your biggest motivation?
Emily: It is to keep outdoing my best achievements.

Emily Sin Min Li Biography
Age: 19
DOB: April 27, 1994
Height: 153cm
Weight: 52kg
Wushu Events: Nanquan, Nandao, Nangun, Duilian
Current Occupation: NUS Student
Number of SEA Games medals: 1
Significant Achievements:
2011 Team of the Year
2011 World Wushu Championships Gold (Duilian)
2011 SEA Games Gold (Duilian)