In the quiet dawn, she began to write. Light had barely arrived in Jakarta but Roanne Ho, 25, couldn't sleep. In her backpack was her Asian Games 50m breaststroke silver medal, won the night before. Still in its case. Medals represent a 31-second race but she was reflecting on a longer, complex journey.
That journey is what Ho wrote about in a Facebook post which has been shared almost 600 times and should be read by anyone who cares about athletes. It is raw, revealing, generous. It is about being heckled by doubt and the leak of self-esteem. It is about the other side of the medal where insecurity lurks and the other side of the toned champion where the person lives.