One of the stars at the 17th ASEAN University Games in Palembang, Linsdwell Kwok has dedicated a good part of her childhood and adult life to the sport of Wushu. The 25-year old Medan native picked up Wushu at the age of five when she learnt the strokes and techniques of taijiquan and taijijian, and began practicing the sport professionally since the age of nine.
Today, Lindswell can count among her achievements the Asiad silver in the women’s taijijian and taijiquan all-round in 2014, the gold medal at the 2008 Bali World Junior Championships, and the 2009 taijiquan gold medal win at the World Championships held in Toronto.
In addition to these, Lindswell also picked up the Women’s Optional taijijian and taijiquan golds at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, as well as gold medals in these categories at the 2011 and 2013 SEA Games.
A psychology student at the University of North Sumatra, Lindswell has also participated in several ASEAN University Games including the last games at Palembang (2014). Lindswell bagged the women’s Wushu tajiquan gold at Palembang as the host nation emerged as the overall champions.
Her path to sporting success was certainly not an easy one, however. As a child, Lindswell trained on a daily basis in a bid to master the graceful movements of her sport, even putting her secondary school studies on hold for five years in order to do so.
The sacrifices that Lindswell has made is testament to her patience and dedication in learning Wushu, and it has brought her tremendous fame in return. Due to her achievements on the Southeast Asian and international stage, Lindswell is now a regular fixture in Indonesian media and has established herself as a household name.
The world champion does have one major dream left to fulfil: winning the Asiad Gold medal in taijijian and taijiquan. And where better to achieve that goal than at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
With 16 sports in store at the 18th ASEAN University Games, expect more thrilling sporting action and the emergence of ASEAN nations’ future sport champions.