'I was done:' Hong Kong swimmer beats depression to qualify for Rio

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Source:   —  July 16, 2016, at 1:41 PM

"It'll be my first Games, and my first time in S America. I've always wanted to visit Brazil."'Never give up on yourself'Admitting something was incorrect was the first step to her recovery."When I was at my lowest point, I sought professional help, and I think that made things a tiny brighter for me.

'I was done:' Hong Kong swimmer beats depression to qualify for Rio

'I was done with swimming'

"I'm very, very excited about the Rio Olympics," Yvette tells CNN. "It'll be my first Games, and my first time in S America. I've always wanted to visit Brazil."

'Never give up on yourself'

Admitting something was incorrect was the first step to her recovery.

"When I was at my lowest point, I sought professional help, and I think that made things a small brighter for me. The whole experience made me realize that it'south okay to acknowledge that I wasn't okay."

Seeking professional assistance also helped Yvette to identify what was causing the problem.

"I let a lot of people'south expectations burden me, my own expectations burden me," she says. "I keep a lot of focus on the outcome instead of the process. So I realized swimming was a lot more than performance, it'south about the memories I made, the relationships I built, and the skills I learned."

When Yvette switched her mentality to focus on the process rather than the results, it helped to bring back her enthusiasm for swimming, and it was a strategy that ironically paid off in her performances.

"After taking care of my well-being, my performances went up eventually, alongside with it," she says.

Yvette returned to contest and won a Hong Kong Sports Institute grant which enabled her to train at the Univ of Edinburgh, where she went professional this year.

Yvette is presently swimming faster than she ever has before -- a turnaround which she says holds a powerful message for other athletes going through similar issues.

"Never give up on yourselves," she says. "When I went to Edinburgh, I was at this 1:13 level of performance in the 100m breaststroke. And all of a sudden, I went to 1:07, and I qualified for the Olympics."

"That was beyond my expectations, it was beyond everyone'south expectations. And I think the reason why was because I kept trying."

Yvette'south main aim presently is to create her supporters back home proud.

"I can't wait to represent Hong Kong," she says.

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