She measures her success not by her performance, but by how much she gives back to others. Despite having a rare genetic condition that gave her an extra build, she knows that it is this imperfection that makes her so unique. Find out how she gets to know and accept herself better by yoga.

Christine FUNG

Exposed to a wide range of sports from a young age, Christine was a member of the Hong Kong gymnastics team and currently works as a  Senior Marketing and Communications Manager for the sports charity InspiringHK Sports Foundation. She is a yoga instructor and believes yoga has helped her to discover her true self.

Her Strength - Christine - Decathlon
Her Strength - Christine - Decathlon

What’s behind your passion for sports?

When I was little I tried all sorts of sports – I was a member of the Hong Kong gymnastics team, and I also played volleyball and participated in track and field events at school. After leaving university, I found a job opportunity in the sports industry, and I’ve been working in this field ever since. My younger brother also loves sports. He recently graduated with a degree in psychology, which is pretty amazing given that he has ADHD. He plans to become a children’s football coach after returning to Hong Kong. His plans made me realise that sport isn’t just about selling shoes and clothes – you can also use your talent to give back to society. I therefore decided to leave my job in a big organisation and work for an NGO, because I wanted to do something more meaningful. 

Her Strength - Christine - Decathlon
Her Strength - Christine - Decathlon
Her Strength - Christine - Decathlon

What’s your strength?

Faith and perseverance – both physically and mentally. Gymnastics training is really gruelling – when I was in the Hong Kong team we trained 6 days a week for 3-4 hours each time. The routine was very demanding, but I enjoyed it. It was a very competitive environment – out of a team of 20 people, only the best would be selected. When I was 13 or 14 years old I realised that I had no chance of being selected, because I was too tall and stocky. Nevertheless, I kept on training until I was 19.

One day, my dad told me that I don’t need to be so tough all the time. I cried hearing that.  As the oldest child, I often felt that I had all the weight on my shoulders. I never told my mum that I wanted to give up, because she had enough on her plate with my two little brothers, and I didn’t want to create any extra trouble. Despite my size, I do have my weak points mentally. When I’m down, I feel weak. Strength isn’t about how much you can lift – it’s about having the right mindset. That’s why my mum is my idol – she’s been through so much, but she’s always managed to keep her head above water. She is a really strong person. I’m quite emotional, and I often cry. However, my mum has taught me the importance of perseverance – she’s always been there for me throughout my life.

Her Strength - Christine - Decathlon
Her Strength - Christine - Decathlon
Her Strength - Christine - Decathlon

I’m not a perfect yoga instructor, but maybe this makes my students feel more confident and motivates them to learn to be imperfect. 

What are your favourite Decathlon products?

I guess that would be the yoga products, such as the cork yoga brick or yoga strap, because they can help beginners with basic stretches and balancing exercises. They’re great for teaching and my own practice. They are also made from eco-friendly organic cotton or recycled materials, which resonates with yoga’s philosophy of harmony with nature.

Decathlon’s yoga knee & wrist pad is also a really good product, because it relieves the strain that some exercises place on the joints and helps to secure a more comfortable position.

CORK YOGA BRICK - Decathlon

CORK YOGA BRICK

Support you as you get more grounded from start to finish.

有機棉瑜珈繩 - Decathlon

ORGANIC COTTON YOGA STRAP 

Move into your asanas comfortably and improve your practice over time

YOGA KNEE & WRIST PAD - Decathlon

YOGA KNEE & WRIST PAD

Support and comfort for sensitive knees and wrists when practising yoga.

Sport is competitive, and people are always looking to improve. For Christine, however, the most rewarding thing about sport is learning how to let go and accept yourself. Explore Decathlon’s women selection and make new discoveries today.