KUALA LUMPUR: For youngster Helena Low Weng Yan, what’s life without a challenge?

The 17-year-old started her athletics career in the long jump but switched to a more technical event – the pole vault two years ago.

And she has been making steady progress.

At the National Schools Sport Council (MSSM) Athletics Championships in Johor Baru in April, she soared to a personal best of 3.20m to win gold in the girls’ Under-18 category.

Now, Helena, who is studying at an international school, is aiming higher and wants to finish on the podium at the Asean Schools Games in Semarang, Indonesia, which begins on Saturday.

The Kuala Lumpur lass said that she loves trying out new things.

“The pole vault is a difficult event to master and it takes hard work in training. You also need upper body strength to clear the pole,” said Helena, who did 2.80m to finish fourth at the SEA Youth Championships in Bangkok last year.

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