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Mum’s the word

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THIS is a sure-fire tearjerker.

In all my years being a journalist — 10 to be exact — I’ve never shed a tear during an interview.

On Friday, I did at Gymnasium 3, National Sports Council, Bukit Jalil.

Nur Eli Ellina, 21, has always had mother Azizah Juno by her side.

December 2015: Just a few months after the Singapore SEA Games, Azizah died due to metastatic cervical cancer.

Eli, as she is known, won artistic team gold with Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Tracie Ang, Tan Ing Yueh, Natasha Raymund Jaydev and Siti Nur Bahirah Ahmad.

Azizah could not make it to Singapore as she was already sick.

Eli finds it difficult not having her around at all this time.

But has vowed to:

Defend the team gold.

Win gold in yet to be confirmed individual event.

For “the biggest supporter I’ve had in life”.

She is determined to shake off injury she suffered during a recent 10-day training camp in Australia because: “It’ll be the most important medal of my life.

“I want to dedicate it to my mother.”

The whole country will be rooting for
you, Eli.