Maziah Mahusin was Brunei’s flagbearer at the 2012 London Olympics. Picture: AFP
Brunei’s first female Olympian, Maziah Mahusin, is hoping for a better 2016 after only competing in one major tournament last year. Picture: BT file
MAZIAH Mahusin is going to use the letdowns of 2015 to become stronger in 2016.
Brunei’s first female Olympian was excluded from the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games squad in June and only competed in one tournament - the Thailand Open Track and Field Championships 2015 from Sept 6-9 – last year. She is looking to build on that disappointment to achieve much more this year.
“For me, 2015 was not a good year, but I’m still grateful. We cannot go anywhere without failing and making mistakes,” said Maziah in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday. “I need to evaluate the experiences that teach me and I think that helps me to learn and ultimately to win.
“I gain strength, courage and confidence with every experience that I’ve been through. “I need to take responsibility, face my fears and move forward despite experiencing losses, failure, mistakes and disappointment.
“I will become stronger. InsyaAllah,” continued the 22-year-old. With the 2016 Olympics set to take place in Rio de Janeiro in August, it is no surprise that Maziah is aiming for a berth.
She competed in the women’s 400m event at the 2012 London Olympics but has since switched to the 200m event. Her best time is 25.44 seconds and she is closing in on the national record of 25.22s set by Alinawati Ali Bakar at the 2011 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
“My target this year is the ASEAN University Games (to be held in Singapore in July) and I think that will be my ticket to the Olympics if I do well,” said the Laksamana College of Business student. “I don’t expect to achieve perfection, but I do want to perform at a higher level – and that requires improvement. “I do need to break more records, and slowly by breaking records bit by bit, it might give me more chances of winning,” she added.
“There is no secret to success. There is no magic bullet or an easy answer. I believe small differences over time will create a big difference. “Improvement is achieved in inches and not great leaps, and who knows if the next small step will provide the breakthrough that I’ve been seeking.
“I need to learn more and I need to do more. I need to pay attention to what’s not working and making adjustments accordingly.”