ANN ABDUL HADI and her success is a result of her continuous efforts to do her best at everything she does. There are not many people who are able to balance being a full-time student, a professional athlete, having a career while living up to expectations as a national role model and ambassador to the numerous brands. Farah is one-of-a-kind. One of the special moments I shared with Farah was when I ﬂew to Rio, Brazil to support her at the Olympic Qualiﬁcation Tournament. I will never forget her face when I walked up to her at her
Farah Ann made her first professional appearance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Her big breakthrough came a few years later at the 2015 SEA Games where she competed in all events – bars, beam, vaults, floor exercise, individual and team – and went on to secure her first gold medals in team events and floor exercise. Recently, the 23-year old successfully defended her SEA Games gold in the women’s individual floor exercise, defeating Philippines and Indonesia.
hotel in Brazil and hugged her from behind. She had no idea I was coming, it was a surprise!! During the competition a fall on an apparatus
during the games cost her the qualiﬁcation ticket to s her older sister, my very ﬁrst encounter with Farah was on the 5th of May 1994, the day she was born. First impressions
of her was that she was a very tiny human being with amazing lung capacity. To this day our family reminds her to lower the volume of her voice when she gets excited. She’s just super bubbly and hyper-active! Farah is naturally competitive and driven. She has worked hard everyday of her life since she was 5 years old to achieve her goals and that has translated into her everyday life. I also think her most amazing qualities are that she still remains humble, nice, and down-to-earth despite all the success and recognition. All her achievements in the sporting world and out are a testament to her tenacity and drive. Farah is successful because she did not let the tough moments get her down. She got up, dusted it off and trudged on. She is relatable, well-rounded
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the Olympics. As the only Malaysian who qualiﬁed to this stage she was extremely disappointed and upset. She had worked up to this moment all her life and she was worried she had missed her shot. After the tournament we went up to the viewpoint in Rio -The Redeemer- overlooking the Sugarloaf with the amazing view of Rio. She brushed it off and set a new goal - qualifying for Tokyo 2020. I’ve seen Farah growing so much over the years. I am extremely proud of her and the woman she has matured into. You are an amazing role-model to the younger generation and just an incredible person in general. I am lucky to have you in my life as a trusted sister and conﬁdant. I love you and wish you all the best in the coming years ahead!
/ Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi Programme Director DSA Artistic Swimming