Gymnastics: Lim Heem Wei retires from Singapore national team

Seven gymnasts performed at the National Day Parade 2013, including Singapore’s first Olympic gymnast Lim Heem Wei (above) who wowed the audience with her somersaults across the parade stage. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Seven gymnasts performed at the National Day Parade 2013, including Singapore’s first Olympic gymnast Lim Heem Wei (above) who wowed the audience with her somersaults across the parade stage. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Gymnast Lim Heem Wei training on the balance beam at the Bishan Sports Hall on April 16, 2012. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Gymnast Lim Heem Wei training on the balance beam at the Bishan Sports Hall on April 16, 2012. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The 26th SEA Games - Singapore's gymnast Lim Heem Wei bagged two bronzes – the first in the Competition II (Individual Women’s) event, and the second in the Individual all-round event. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO
The 26th SEA Games - Singapore's gymnast Lim Heem Wei bagged two bronzes – the first in the Competition II (Individual Women’s) event, and the second in the Individual all-round event. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO
Singapore’s gymnast Lim Heem Wei getting a pat from coach Zhao Qun for a job well done after her last event, the uneven bars, at the London Olympics on July 29, 2012. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Singapore’s gymnast Lim Heem Wei getting a pat from coach Zhao Qun for a job well done after her last event, the uneven bars, at the London Olympics on July 29, 2012. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Gymnast Lim Heem Wei flew the Singapore flag high as she led the 105-strong Team Singapore out during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Gymnast Lim Heem Wei flew the Singapore flag high as she led the 105-strong Team Singapore out during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Singapore’s gymnast Lim Heem Wei competing on the vault during the women’s artistic gymnastics qualification at the London Olympics on July 29, 2012. Lim Heem Wei announced her retirement from the national team on Dec 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: M
Singapore’s gymnast Lim Heem Wei competing on the vault during the women’s artistic gymnastics qualification at the London Olympics on July 29, 2012. Lim Heem Wei announced her retirement from the national team on Dec 2, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

Singapore's first Olympic gymnast, Lim Heem Wei, has retired from the national team.

The 25-year-old announced her decision through a statement on Singapore Gymnastics' website on Tuesday.

She said: "I am here to announce that I'm officially withdrawing from the Singapore Gymnastics Women Artistic Gymnastics High Performance Programme… It has been my privilege and honour to have had the opportunities to bring glory to Singapore all these years and this had certainly been a tough decision."

Lim, who represented the country at the 2012 London Olympics and this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games, paid tribute to her coaches, Zhao Qun and Yuan Kexia "for their 11 years of dedication, commitment, and trust in me".

She said: "Their impeccable professionalism and partnership had enabled me to maximise my potential in the sport and learn exceptional personal values which will follow me through life."

Lim concluded with a message to aspiring gymnasts: "I would like to say to all future rising stars out there - life is too short for regrets: believe in yourself, chase that dream, and never look back in regret. I wish all gymnasts in Singapore all the best in your future endeavours."