Teresa Y. Cheung Excels at the 2023 World Aquatics Masters Championships

September 05 14:16 2023

(by Contributing Reporter: Carlos Walker)

Top image: Teresa Yolanda Cheung with a competitor from the men’s 100m butterfly final at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Australia.
Bottom image: Teresa Yolanda Cheung competing in the 100m breaststroke at the World Aquatics Masters Championships—Kyushu 2023 in Fukuoka, Japan.

The 19th FINA World Aquatics Masters Championships was held in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan August 2–11, 2023. The former member of China’s national team, the current swimming coach, fashion model, and emerging film actress Teresa Yolanda Cheung participated. Her primary events were breaststroke and medley stroke. In the women’s 100m and 50m breaststroke races, she defeated several strong opponents who had previously achieved remarkable results in international competitions. In the 100m breaststroke, she ranked seventh globally in the final standings, and in the 50m breaststroke, she secured first place in her group. In the overall standings of this event, she ranked sixth in the world.

This was a large-scale international Olympic competition hosted by the Fédération International de Natation Association (FINA), hosting renowned swimmers from around the world. Teresa Yolanda Cheung is a former member of China’s national swimming team, national champion, national athlete, and head coach of the Star Dream Swim Team New York. She and a group of 30 individuals, including former Chinese Olympic and Asian Games champions and national champions, formed the Champion Swimmer Club, which represented the Chinese team in this competition and achieved outstanding results.

Teresa Yolanda Cheung was born in Harbin, China. Her mother was also a professional swimmer who was a torchbearer at the Guangzhou Asian Games and has coached numerous national champions, Asian Games champions, and champions of the World Military Games. Teresa Yolanda Cheung said, “My mother is my idol, my superhero.” She was selected to join the China national swimming team at the young age of 13. She won the national swimming championship three years in a row and twice broke the national record for the 100m breaststroke at the Junior National Swimming Championships. After retiring, she was admitted to Shanghai Jiao Tong University for further studies. Then, she immigrated to the United States via an Alien of Extraordinary Ability visa, where she became a swimming coach for the American Swimming Coaches Association in New York. Since then, she has coached nearly 300 outstanding young American swimmers who have achieved remarkable results in major swimming competitions across the United States.

What’s astonishing is that while serving as a swimming coach, she entered into the fashion circles of China and the United States thanks to her 172cm height and athletic physique honed through years of professional training. With her elegant demeanor and innate qualities, she has become a professional fashion model.

Teresa Y. Cheung in New York Fashion Week

Teresa Y. Cheung published in numerous fashion magazines

Teresa Y. Cheung in the Movie “Arena”

In March 2022, “Arena”, an American thriller about an airplane crash, was looking for actresses across the United States. The film was produced and supervised by Chinese-American Raymond Chen, the head of New York ZUN Royal Group, and directed by Alexander Bok, an emerging American director. Teresa Y. Cheung, who has harbored a strong interest in the performing arts since childhood, signed up for the casting audition. She stood out among hundreds of candidates, securing a contract to play the core role of Elisa.

Cheung said that after retiring from swimming for several years, she was thrilled to once again stand on the starting block of a global competition as an athlete. Her participation in the World Aquatics Masters Championships was to prove that “champions never retire. Giving it your all is what makes an excellent swimmer.” With her passion, she has become a legend!

Besides excelling as a swimming coach, Cheung will also devote her many talents to a promising film career.

Teresa Yolanda Cheung at the premiere of the movie “The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland” as a VIP guest.

She has experienced several successful chapters in her life. We extend our best wishes to her for achieving even greater success in all her future endeavors!

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