Golf and Fencing: An Interview with Cempaka Schools Top Student Athletes

Jeanna Junady and Natasha Oon
Girl Power: fencer Jeanna and golfer Natasha of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights. (Image Credit: Ryan Lien Kar Sheng).

Aside from academics and performing arts, Cempaka Schools actively promote and excel in a variety of sports. To cap the International Women’s month, we recently sat down with two of the top female athletes of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights to talk about their respective sports, studies and other passions: golfer Natasha Andrea Oon (Mallory Privett Award 2016 – Best Female Champion) and fencer Jeanna Leia Alis Junady (Malaysia’s current number 1 for Epee Under 17 Girls).

How do you manage stress associated with competitions. Can you share with us some of the things you would do to calm yourself before a large competition?

Natasha: Usually, I would read this article by Dr.Bob Rotella. He talks about what goes on inside the golfer’s mind and how to tackle problems that may happen in the competition. It really is helpful. But normally, my pre-shot routine in the competitions help me a lot because it is a repetitive thing that I do before my swing.

Jeanna:  I don’t really have a pre-game ritual, but whenever I am not playing a game or watching my competitors’ games, I will always be listening to my music. It really helps me to calm down and also block out a lot of distracting sounds.

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Epee Wins for Damansara Heights Fencer Jeanna

Cempaka International School Damansara Heights Fencing
Jeanna (Centre) at last weekend’s win at Bukit Jalil Stadium.
Cempaka International School Damansara Heights ace fencer Jeanna Leia Alis Junady again took podium finishes in the recent Kejohanan Kadet & Remaja Kebangsaan MFF at the Bukit Jalil Stadium last 30-31 January 2016.
Jeanna won the gold medal for Under 17 Women’s Epee as well as the bronze medal for Under 21 Women’s Epee.
Cempaka Blog (CB) sat down with Jeanna to ask her about her thoughts on fencing:
CB: What made you choose fencing as a sport?
Jeanna: “I chose fencing as a sport because I really admired watching the swordplay in pirate movies, and when fencing was a sport option in primary school (Cempaka International School Damansara Heights), I decided to take it up and I fell in love with the sport immediately. Once I decided that I wanted to go far in this sport, I started training outside of school.”

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