RINA JULIANA comes from a family rich in silat background.
From her parents to her elder sister, all of them are into the sport.
Now, Rina and her elder sister, Rina Jordana, are the only two siblings in the Malaysian silat squad who will compete in the Vietnam Sea Games next month.
While Jordana will be competing in her third SEA Games, Juliana will be making her debut.
Jordana will compete in the silat olahraga category while Juliana will see action in silat seni.
The Sitiawan-born Juliana has a lot to prove to her coaches - who are also her parents - father Adnan Mohamed and Rosinah Jantan.
Her parents are instructors with Silat Lincah Malaysia and have high expectations on her to deliver a medal at the Sea Games.
"I owe it to my parents.
If not for them, I won't be where I'm now.
They brought me into the world of silat," said the 20-year-old Juliana.
"I want to emulate my sister's achievements who made her debut in the 1999 Brunei Sea Games." Juliana's first club was the Perak Silat Junior Association in 1999.
She represented the club in the National Junior championship in Pahang.
A year later, she was selected into the national junior squad and she competed in the World Junior Championship in Hanoi where she grabbed the silver medal.
Her determination finally paid off when she finally got called up into the senior team last year.
And Juliana, third in a family of six, proved that the national selectors made the right decision when she won a bronze medal during the World Championships in Penang.
It was Juliana's first competition in the silat seni category after previously competing in the silat olahraga.
She also won the gold medal when she represented Perak in Sukma last year.
Written by FARIQ RAHMAN
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