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Christopher Chua of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia wins IMG Academy Boys Soccer Gatorade G-Award Week of July 22

Every week of camp, IMG Academy selects the Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gatorade. The honoree is bestowed the G-Award in recognition of the athlete who displays Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibits a true desire to reach their true athletic potential. 

The IMG Academy Boys Soccer winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of July 22 is 16-year-old Christopher Chua from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

How long have you been playing soccer for?

I've been playing soccer since I was ten years old.

Who are your coaches?

Coach Mike Parsons and Tonio Paternostro.

What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?

My favorite thing about IMG Academy is the amazing facilities and the fact that we can play three times a day with the best quality coaches.

Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?

What I like to do normally in the locker rooms is to listen to music and just really zone out from everyone. I like to take deep breaths and think about what I'm going to do and every move I'm going to play.

What professional athlete inspires you the most?

The professional athlete that inspires me the most is Steven Gerrard from Liverpool because he is living proof that hard work beats talent, and if you love what you are doing and you put all of your heart into it, then no one can beat you.

What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?

Normally after I win a game, I don't like to celebrate too much because it's rude to the opponent. What I like to do, however, is go back home and just really reflect and take time to relax and think about what happened in the game and think about how lucky I am to be where I am.

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

The thing that motivates me to push through a tough practice is the love of the game and when I play, I like to have the idea that I have to prove to people what I'm worth and how good I am.