After a clip of her performance at the 2018 Asian Games went viral, skateboarder Fatin Syahirah Roszizi has not had the best of times.
Competing as one of the Malaysian skateboarders at the 2018 Asian Games alongside Yaziru Amiru Dasyir Zainordin, Ian Nuriman Amri and Christina Lai Grace, the 16-year-old Fatin unfortunately finished last in the women’s street event last Wednesday (29 August).
During the event, it was clear to see that Fatin was not at her best, and soon enough social media users took to the web to criticise her performance:
Fatin even posted an apology on her Instagram account through an Instagram Story:
Shortly after, she wiped out all her posts on the social media platform.
Though she had many critics, Fatin also had a lot more supporters, keen to encourage her in her time of need.
Among those numerous supporters were Sports Minister Syed Saddiq and Malaysian singer Yuna, who came to Fatin’s defence:
for fatin 🇲🇾 pic.twitter.com/rvsZ3253C9
— Yuna Zarai (@yunamusic) August 30, 2018
This should never happen! Mmg senang orang kritik tapi kita x berada di tempat dia. To be 16 & representing your country, the pressure must be unimaginable. Jika ada pihak yang patut dikritik, kritiklah kementerian & persatuan, bukan Fatin. Malaysians, we are better than this. https://t.co/IZALMFDdlg
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) August 30, 2018
But of all her supporters, the most prominent one is arguably someone who is the greatest skateboarder of all time.
Tony Hawk, one of the pioneers of modern skateboarding, commented on one of Fatin’s Instagram posts, saying:
“Don’t give up! If I had listened to the haters throughout my life, I would have stopped skating way too soon. They are simply projecting their insecurities on you because they wish they had the courage to follow their dreams.”
The nice message was one of several thousand, as Fatin eventually returned to Instagram to thanks everyone for their support in a post which has gotten almost 20,000 likes at the time of writing:
Thank you for your support.. Thanks to my sponsor @skate4mation for supporting me since day one.. friends and family.. fellow skateboarders from Malaysia ,Indonesia , Japan and Philippine.. Terima kasih kepada semua yg memberi kata2 Semangat.. Never stop pushing and pride is forever🔥🔥 #proudtobemalaysian #madeinmalaysia #malaysiaboleh #neverstoppushing #prideisforever #skatergirl #family #brotherhood #lovenothate