Interview Series: Captain Loh Zhi Ying, SEA Games 2015 Athlete

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This Q&A was with Loh Zhi Ying, Men’s Captain – Dragon Boat Team Singapore.

ATHLETE PROFILE

NAME: Loh Zhi Ying
BIRTHPLACE: Tampines, Singapore
AGE: 22yo
TRAINING COMMITMENT: Full-time
POSITION: Team Captain
PADDLING SIDE: Right
HEIGHT: 175cm
WEIGHT: 74kg
STATUS: Single

MEDAL RECORD: SEA Games 2011 – Grand Finalist; Asian Champs – Grand Finalist
INTERESTING FACT: Has recently discovered the love for Crossfit.


Q: Being in the National team is a tough responsibility. What keeps you going?

A: Just sheer passion in the sports. I want to see this sport in Singapore do well and since I like dragon boat a lot, I also want to share the experience to other people. Personally, I want to learn a lot first at this sport and then help promote it to others.

Q: How important is the coach’s role in keeping the supportive and respectful climate in the team?

A: They are very important. Our Coaches are like ‘maps’. They are the one leading us to our end results. They also serve as our checkpoints—they keep an eye on us. As they serve as our guidelines and checkpoints, they make sure that we are on the right track towards our destination—achieving the goal of the team.

Q: How do you manage your pre and post training nutrition?

A: I practically eat the same thing everyday. I make and prepare my own meals. In fact, my Mom is my nutritionist. I would suggest to her what kind of food I want or need. Then when she goes to the grocery, she’s kind enough to buy for me.

Q: Is it your own research or is it one imposed by your coach?

A: As I mentioned, my Mom plays a vital role in the (internet) research of my diet. When my coach wanted me to lose some weight, my Mom would search the net or Google and pick the food I would need. I am also big into liquids like fresh juices and some whey protein.

FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

Photo Credit: Under Armour/Triple Pte. Ltd.


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Interview Series: Shona Chan Wai Kay, SEA Games 2015 Athlete

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This Q&A was with Shona Chan Wai Kay, National Athlete – Dragon Boat Team Singapore.

ATHLETE PROFILE

NAME: Shona Chan Wai Kay
BIRTHPLACE: Clementi, Singapore
AGE: 21yo
TRAINING COMMITMENT: Full-time
POSITION: National Athlete
PADDLING SIDE: Left
HEIGHT: 165cm
WEIGHT: 54kg
STATUS: Single

MEDAL RECORD: DBS Marina Regatta 2014 – Two-time Bronze Medallist; SEA Games 2013 – Bronze Medallist

National Athlete Shona, used to paddle competitive canoeing in 2010 when she was studying at St. Andrew Junior College. Aside from doing sports, she is also determined to focus on her studies. Currently she’s on her way of gaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS).


Q: How do you know if there is compatibility between an athlete and the coach?

A: You would know if the goals are aligned. The athlete and the coach may not have the same idea/s, so mainly if the goals are aligned then it will work. If for example, the coach wants to alter a training program or technique, the athlete on the other hand should want to try it for he/she knows that it’s for the best, it’s toward the achievement of a common goal.

Q: In your dragon boating career, did you encounter any major challenge e.g. injury, external restraint, et. al. How did you manage to move on amidst this challenge?

A: Yes I have. I injured my lower back in February of 2014, but it’s not a major injury but it sometimes trigger when I paddle long distances. To keep me moving on, when I joined the N-Team, I had this goal that I want a gold medal from the SEA Games 2015. So from the point that I joined, it was already set that I will stay all the way and we will get the medal.

Q: In your opinion, does it affect the National Athletes’ performance in terms of how they are being compensated?

A: I think it would affect them especially when they are going full-time. Travel expenses is one factor but it is not the most important factor; but, of course, some external help would keep the motivation when at times you feel like there’s nothing inside or losing the spirit and particularly now (interview time) that the trainings are really intense and we do have morning and evening sessions almost everyday.

FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

Photo Credit: Under Armour/Triple Pte. Ltd.

 
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