“If we do not make mistakes, we won’t be able to learn and improve”
Life often throws curveballs that derail a person’s progress but not for Women’s Elite rider Nur Azrenna Ahmad Jumry who takes mistakes and tribulations as life lessons and not stopping blocks.
Originally from Kuching, Sarawak, Nur Azreena mentioned that she was not that all into cycling in the first place, “I never was interested in cycling or learning how to cycle when I was younger. It was my father who pushed me to join him in fun rides and such.” She joked, “I eventually got really interested in it after I was forced to go through all those training sessions and rides. I took it more seriously when I was 12 when I found friends in the circuit”.
She started riding individually at the age of 12 before joining Sexon Cycling Team at 13, racing in district races. At one of those races, the Sarawak team coach noticed her and invited her to participate in mountain bike races before eventually moving on to road races at age 14. When she was 15 years old, she took part in her first Sukma, competing in the mountain bike and criterium events. The next year she took part in the Pelapis Kebangsaan program and she is still a part of until today.
When asked if a race venue has an effect on her race preparation, Nur Azreena replied, “My training is just as usual. You cannot predict the weather at these events. The last competition I joined, I thought it would rain but it turned out to be extremely sunny. You just have to focus on your training”. Still a student, Nur Azreena takes the KTM from Bangi to Bukit Jalil every day after her classes from Wednesdays to Sundays to attend her trainings. It is a tiring sacrifice that the promising rider has to make but for her, she says, it is worth it.
Talking about what she needs to improve on in her performance, she commented, “Right now, there are many things I need to improve on but I take it all as lessons. I believe that if we do not make mistakes, we won’t be able to learn and improve. It takes a long time but little by little you will get stronger and better”.
Nur Azreena, 20, is the second of five siblings and is currently a student at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), studying in the Faculty of Education. She rides for both Pelapis Kebangsaan and Sarawak and has participated in 7 JCM criteriums beginning in Ipoh last year.