Having been with wushu for 15 years, the young female athlete is determined to challenge herself to conquer a new field.
Deng Xiaoping (Nana), a girl born in 2000, is a young athlete of the Vietnamese wushu team. Starting to practice at the age of 7, she has been with this traditional sport for 15 years now.
Deng Xiaoping on the floor practicing wushu.
Once in the Top 3 of the World Youth Wushu Championships, the Top 2 Young Asian wushu Championships, the last 31 SEA Games was also an opportunity for Tieu Binh to prove his ability with 2 bronze medals for the Vietnamese sports delegation. in the content of Women’s Trade and Swordsmanship.
“Initially, my family sent me to wushu to get better and less sick. After that, the teachers discovered that they had a talent, so they chose to join the practice team to follow professionally.
In the first time participating in SEA Games, I was fortunate to be selected to compete. Even though I didn’t have a target before the tournament, I just had to show my best, but I also got some achievements. Although not outstanding, it is a step for me to try harder.”
The female athlete was honored to win 2 medals in the first time participating in the SEA Games.
I only dare to admit that I won a medal because of luck, but few people know that, right before the exam, the female athlete received comments and even harsh criticism from the coach when she did not show the right professional standards for a move. performances:
“Teacher said that not everyone has the opportunity to compete, but there is only one move that I can’t perfect forever. Besides, there are many words that make me choke, just waiting to cry. That night, I thought a lot and then got up on the mat, spent three hours, practiced again and again until 2 am the next morning. And in the end, I did.”
The silent efforts of female athletes were rewarded in the first time participating in the 31st Southeast Asian Games. However, only 3 days after the moment of standing on the podium to receive the medal, Deng Xiaoping suddenly appeared at the OnLan stage of the final of VCT Challengers Vietnam Stage 2 (under the regular Valorant tournament system) as an MC with the nickname Nana. The sudden transformation, taking herself to the challenge in a completely new field, unrelated to wushu of the 22-year-old female athlete, attracted the attention of the Esports community, because this was an unprecedented case of money. rate.
Traditional female athletes break through as MC Esports.
Fans believe that, to make a bold decision, she must be extremely strong and brave.
“Strong, confident and tough are the words that I think best describe my personality.
I lived with my mother since I was a child, my mother raised me with one hand. Even though I don’t have my father by my side, I have never felt disadvantaged. I soon realized that my parents are no longer happy to live together, so breaking up is necessary. Although many people often ‘speak softly’ to me to advise my parents to do well, I don’t want that. I want my parents to live a happy life.
It is my independent personality influenced by my mother and years of practicing sports that have made me as strong as I am today,” – Nana confided.
No matter how strong she is, turning to a completely different field from the job she has worked for 15 years makes it difficult for the young girl, first of all, to rearrange her time budget.
“Compared to others, I don’t have much free time. When he was a child, he practiced in the morning and afternoon, and studied culture in the evening. More and more summer days are devoted to wushu to focus on tournaments. Now, I do sports in the morning and afternoon, play or do Valorant’s tournament in the evening. There are days when working until 1-2 am is normal. But it’s a job that I like, I want to do it, so I’m very happy.”
Very different gentle images of her.
From that line of confession, it is easy to understand that the love of games in general and Valorant in particular has been nurtured by this girl for a long time, not recently or every day. Nana said that she loved playing games since she was a child but had not had the opportunity to pursue this hobby, so when she could, she played League of Legends, later changed to Valorant. And then, the desire to contribute to Esports grew, after spending time in the game forum, Binh boldly contacted the admin and proposed to be unconditionally devoted:
“At the end of 2021, I realized that the tournaments in the community had very few personnel, so I sent a message to ask to be a referee, volunteered to support the tournament unconditionally and was accepted as a referee. I remember spending 5 days translating the competition rules from English and learning the rules by heart, preparing the best for the job. Trying to do the small tournaments, then the big ones, I gradually became the official referee, then the head referee in the Valorant tournament” – Nana is the only girl to conquer this position.
Nana’s journey to conquer Esports has not stopped there. The opportunity to try the role of MC of the Valorant tournament came unexpectedly: “Right after finishing the competition content at SEA Games 31, I had the opportunity to experience being an MC interviewing players after the match in the VCT final. Challengers Vietnam Stage 2.
The first time I led, although I was well prepared, I was overwhelmed and stuttered in front of the live camera. There are many harsh comments from the online community but I do not consider it as pressure, I accept goodwill comments and ignore negative words. Many people and colleagues also support and comfort me, encouraging me to try harder for the next time.”
Especially, from being a person who doesn’t like games, afraid of her daughter neglecting to practice wushu, Nana’s mother now understands much more about E-Sports, and fully supports all of her decisions. Her biggest motivator.
Looking back at her first time as an MC, Nana gives herself 6/10 points. Being positive is daring to do, actively absorbing, not evading criticism, but strongly facing it, even when encountering the problem of misreading the team’s name. Although she flexibly corrected her embarrassment immediately, she still admitted that she was immature, inexperienced and had not clearly shown her style.
However, for Nana, this is a very special tournament. Because thanks to this stage, the community knows her more. It will no longer be only the competitive players who know Nana as the referee, but the audience will also know a Nana who is the MC of the Valorant stage.
As a person with a lot of energy, dreams and determination, Nana once again surprised her loved ones with the goal of conquering Esports in the last 6 months of the year:
“I am passionate about competition, always wanted to be a player. In the coming time, there will not be many major wushu and Valorant tournaments, I will spend time practicing my skills so that next year I can appear in the Valorant men’s team. The reveal can be the Duelist or Sentinel position – my strength.
I didn’t do it, but if I’m determined, I want to be on par with male friends. I like the shooting style and reflexes of men, so I want to learn and prove that the girls are not inferior. Especially making me more special.”
Nana believes that with her determination, family strength from her mother’s full support, the female MC will continue to have interesting experiences and achieve success on the journey to conquering Esports.