Appreciate your parents, you are nothing without them

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Photo: 200IM during the 2010 Youth Olympic Games

I can honestly say that though swimming seems like an easy sport, the training demands are really high. An average national swimmer trains up to 5 hours a day.

My training schedule in the Singapore Sports School:

Mondays-Fridays:

6:30am to 8:30am (excluding Wednesday mornings)

3:30pm to 7:30pm

Saturdays:

8:00am to 11am

A swimmer would definitely not be able to survive alone with such a hectic training schedule.

Fortunately for me, my dad sends me to training everyday (morning and afternoon!) and watches me train. When training starts at 6:30am everyday, I would usually wake up at 5:30am to have breakfast and get my swimming gear ready, but my dad would be up at 5am to prepare my breakfast. (I have such a powerful dad) And all this is done on a daily basis.

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Photo: Dad driving me home from training in his cool shades 

After my training sessions, my mum would always prepare breakfast and dinner at home to make sure I don’t eat too much junk food outside. (although I still do sometimes haha) My mum believes that home cooked food is best as we know exactly what we are eating and we do not reuse oils like how most food outside does.

Some of the meals that my mum cooked:

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P.S I did tell her to open up her own restaurant before but she refused

Also, My dad bought a video camera to film me during competitions so that I can learn from the mistakes I’ve made in the competitions and improve on it during the next competition.

This actually motivates me to train a lot harder as I know that swimming isn’t just about me, it’s a family effort. Therefore, apart from personal aspirations, training hard to do my parents proud is also a motivational factor throughout my swimming career.

Without my parents, I wouldn’t have been where I am today. Thank you dad and mum for all your support. 🙂

So my advise for my readers is to appreciate your parents! You never know what sacrifices they went through for you. And you’ll realize that life is a lot easier when it’s a family effort. 🙂

“The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.” 

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Photo: Coming back to Singapore from the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou

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