Hopes and Dreams for Getting the Gold
What got you into weightlifting?
The one who really encouraged me to keep challenging myself was an upperclassman on the weightlifting team. I went to check out one of the team’s practices and while I was practicing lifting one of the bars he said, “you’re pretty strong.” That single comment gave me the courage to strengthen myself and made me believe even I could gain enough weight to compete if I tried hard enough.
I was absorbed in weightlifting all four years of university and eventually took over the role of captain when the upperclassman I spoke of before graduated. After graduating, I was really busy and wasn’t able to compete as much as I would’ve liked. I did keep in regular contact with the previous captain though.
It’s a shame he’s already passed on. If not for him, I would never have become as passionate about weightlifting as I am today. Then, I got the opportunity to start competing again once I retired.
What encouraged you to participate WMG and other such international competitions?
I received the silver medal after a lot of practice and hard work at the previous WMG held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017. Now, I’m fired up and aiming to get a gold medal at WORLD MASTERS GAMES (WMG) 2021 KANSAI.
What aspect of lifelong sports do you enjoy the most?
Since retiring, I get a real sense of joy from racking up achievements while doing something I like. I finally feel confident in my ability as a weightlifter.
What gives you motivation to continue weightlifting ?
Another source of motivation is friends who also compete in weightlifting. I always look forward to meeting with friends from overseas at competitions and sharing our current records or progress. Training and meeting up with friends in Japan is a blast too. Both bring me joy and push me to keep trying my best.
Can you tell us a bit about your future goals?
Every morning, I drink tea from a glass that has “Hopes and Dreams” written on it.
I want to keep at it ‘til I’m 100. I believe in my heart I can do it.