PETALING JAYA: Studying on the go will have to do for Ho Yen Mei.
The Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student will be travelling to Bangkok for the World Junior Championships (from Oct 23-Nov 3) and return home to for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations just three days later.
It’s tough being a student and a national shuttler but the 17-year-old clearly relishes the challenge of balancing studies and sport.
Her team-mate and fellow-BJSS student Peck Yen Mei will also be sitting for the SPM examinations.
“I’ve been studying at home for the past few days as it allows me to train with the team and also prepare for SPM,” said Ho.
“BJSS is sending a mathematics teacher to join us in Bangkok to make sure we are prepared for the subject.
“We have top students here and sometimes we will all take time off to have group revisions. We are a very competitive bunch ... not only on the court but also in our studies.
“Currently, I am just running around ... rushing for practice after studying at home, it’s like racing against time. It definitely affects me physically and mentally.”
Ho, however, insisted that she would put her studies ahead of the game because “I am still eligible to play in the World Junior Championships next year”.
“I will train very hard for it as it will be my last year as a junior,” said Ho who, despite her hectic schedule, still finds time to be like any other normal teenager.
“I don’t have many hobbies at the moment as I never have enough time for them. But, in my free time, I would always listen to my favourite songs and joke around with my family and friends.”