The Testimony from Sabrina, student of SDH and member of National Team u-18
On the 7th of October 2018, I arrived in Cirebon. The next day the team selection began immediately. The selection was supposed to be held only on the 8th and 9th but due to some players not being able to attend on those days, the dates were extended. As long as the 12 players who would represent Indonesia to India had not been selected, we would still remain in the selection stage.
The training given to us was very tough because they were far different from the training I went through in Makassar. The only thing I thought was pretty easy and possible for me to do was the physical training, however, having to remember and apply the (forms/patterns?) for defense and offense was very challenging. Moreover, I had to manage my time to get enough rest so I could train to the fullest because physical training could be given without notice. We had to train twice every day from Monday to Friday, in the morning and in the evening. On the weekends, we were given leisure and worship time, therefore, training was only in the morning.
Finally, on the 18th of October, they announced the result of the selection that had been held for 11 days. I was very excited because I made it into the team and could represent Indonesia in the FIBA Asia 2018 event in Bangalore, India. After the day of the announcement, we kept practicing every day until the day of our departure to India.
On the 26th of October, I arrived in Bangalore, India. The flight was very long and tiring. When we arrived, we went to our hotel straight away. The hotel we stayed in was also the hotel where players from other countries stayed in. I felt content because everything we needed was provided for us by FIBA and our team’s manager. We were treated very well by all of them.
One day before our first game, we were given the chance to get the feel of the field. The atmosphere of the field there was very different from the field we trained at before. The temperature was pretty low so we felt cold and had difficulty breathing, hence, we got tired faster.
During the competition, although I was sure that I would not play a lot, I still had to be ready whenever they ask me to substitute. I felt pretty disappointed when I knew they only let me play in a short period of time. Nevertheless, someone told me to always be proud with what I have achieved, even if they did not let me play much. Being chosen as one of the 12 players to represent Indonesia was already a huge achievement. With the time given, although very short, I still had to give my best.
I feel very fortunate to be able to play on behalf of my own country because many players want to be in my position, but have not had the opportunity. Furthermore, I am happy because at first, basketball was just my hobby, but now I can represent Indonesia. I could achieve this accomplishment with the help of God and the people around me who have supported me from the beginning. God has been with me in every training and has blessed every effort of mine so that I could finally reach my goal. I want to thank my mother who has always been there to support me throughout the selection and to my coach who has been patient in helping me to improve. I also thank my school for supporting and allowing me to participate in this competition, and for reminding me to always rely on God in everything I do and playing basketball is to glorify His name. Last but not least, I thank all my friends who always convince me that I can do better than before.