The start to 2015, Singapore’s 50th anniversary, 28th South East Asian Games (SEAG), my 25th birthday to mark a quarter of a century of my existence in this world. 2015 is a unique year for myself, as well as my home, Singapore. Growing up in Singapore and reflecting on the changes of society, people, infrastructures, government policies, I have seen this nation grow from strength to strength, and I am proud to be a Singaporean, part of a blessed nation.
I have been sprinting since I was 9 years old, competing at the age of 10 and represented Singapore at the age of 12. I went to the Olympics at 18 and completed the major games cycle (Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, SEAG) before turning 21. Then I competed at the IAAF World Championships, World Indoor Championship and many other meets. Looking back, I thank God for the countless opportunities that have been given to me in the past decade; these favourable occasions were placed for me to pursue my athletic endaevours.
If you were to ask me, “How did I manage to continue the passion for sprinting?” I would tell you, “It has become a part of my life, the speed element in me is innate, how my mind goes from 0 to 100km/h, the jump start, the acceleration and the exhilaration of speed has been in built into my system”
Sprinting increases the level of play in sports. For example, in a marathon, the V02Max capability or maximal oxygen uptake (refers to the amount of oxygen your body is capable of utilizing in one minute, a measure of your aerobic capacity and by extension, your potential as an endurance athlete) is similar in the top athletes. What distinguishes a champion from the rest of the pack would be the sprint finish, the last leg towards the finish line. Sprinting in Singapore would also be important during the peak hours, catching the train before the doors shuts, weaving in and out of the human traffic to be on time. Sprinting has its benefits in everyday activities.
A sprint start to 2015, I would like to thank my family for their endless support for my pursuit of sport since I was a child, their subtle and quiet, yet powerful expression of the love that they have shown. Dad is always the first to update me on any newspapers articles, magazine features, and he always sends and fetches me to the airport for all my competitions. My mum is always making sure I am in the pink of health, buying “liang tehs” (herbal teas) and fruits, boiling warm herbal soup and checking up on me. My sister has been there praying for me, caring for me and always looking out for of me. Without this support system, I would not be able to enjoy my sport the way I do every day.
This marks the start to my 1st post on my blog and I know many of you will be interested to know more about training tips, sprinting, motivation etc. I will be posting more so stay tuned!
Galations 1:5 ” to whom be the glory, forver and ever. Amen”