After winning a gold medal at the ISAF Youth World Championship in Brazil last month, Chan Hei-man's next target is to repeat the success on home soil. The 18-year-old struck gold with a near-faultless display. To prepare for the competition, Chan decided to put her studies aside to become a full-time athlete at the start of this year, despite doing well in the HKCEE. Chan said she was relieved after winning a gold medal. 'I was confused and questioned my decision to turn full-time in the beginning, as my improvement was not very significant,' she said. 'It [victory] not only marks a perfect end to my junior career but is also recognition of the hard work. It proved that my decision was right.' After turning full-time, Chan has had more opportunities to travel around the world to take part in international competitions. This has allowed her to identify her weakness and work to improve her performance. 'My performance in strong winds is weak so I've trained intensively with the senior and elite teams,' she said. Her hard work paid off in Brazil, where she managed to excel in windy conditions. She won two of the three races - she came second in the other - to outperform her rivals and win the crown. Chan said she had to improve her mental strength during competitions. 'Sometimes I am nervous or keep blaming myself for not doing well in some of the races, which greatly affects my overall performance,' she said. Focusing on this flaw, her psychologist suggested she write a training diary to record her performances, both good and bad. The aim was to release her emotions and to find solutions to her problems. 'It really helps,' said Chan. Chan is now training in Hong Kong and will join the senior squad for the RS:X World Championship in Weymouth, England, from August 30. 'I would like to gain more experience in the championship. It's not only good preparation for this year's East Asian Games in Hong Kong - my ultimate target is the 2012 Olympic Games in London,' she said.