Jakarta – Her speed in tackling wall climbing in just a split second has earned sports climber Aries Susanti Rahayu not only medals but also fame as she has made it onto Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30 list.
Aries, who earned the “Spiderwoman” nickname following her outstanding performance at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, is listed in the entertainment and sport category where other honorees are two-time tennis grand slam champion Naomi Osaka of Japan and Korean Pop (K-Pop) girl band Blackpink.
The 24-year-old sportswoman was selected after competing with 2,000 influential figures from 23 countries across the Asia-Pacific. The entertainment and sports category was judged by Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori, who is also an alumnus of the list, and Singaporean singer-songwriter Dick Lee.
With two gold medals, plus three International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup trophies, the judges placed Aries, who is preparing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, on the list.
“I’m so happy I was selected. It was a surprise since there are many youngsters with a lot of achievements out there. Thank you to everyone,” Aries said in a statement.
The sports climber, who hails from Grobogan regency in Central Java, was the only Indonesian athlete to make it onto the list. Other Indonesians on the list are involved in the business sector, including cofounder of Kopi Kenangan coffee shop James Prananto.