Lessons that I have learnt from the Incheon Asian Games + Giveaway

It’s been a long and tiring 3 weeks in Japan and Korea and I’m finally back in Singapore!!! Yay. It does feel good to be finally home to see my family and lie on my comfortable bed!

Well overall this meet was a really good one for me as everyone was united and cheering each other on during the games. Even though swimming is an individual sport, I still find that unity is the key to success as knowing our country is behind us, it really gives me a huge adrenaline rush. That is what makes all the difference.

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I guess the highlight for this meet for me was breaking the National Record for the 4x200m Freestyle Relay. 4 of us (Danny, Zhen Ren, Clement, Me) swam our hearts out and broke our previous National Record of 7:26.67 to 7:25.46, that is more than a second off our old National Record! Really happy for that. 🙂 It’s a pity we missed the bronze medal position by a bit and got 4th, but we know that we’ve tried our best and we’ve got no regrets. We’re still the fastest country in South East Asia so everything is looking good for SEA Games 2015!

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A post race photo with Minister Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and our coaches Eugene Chia, Gary Tan and David Lim after breaking our National record in the 4x200m Freestyle relay. What an honor!

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I find myself reallyreally lucky that I managed to get a photo with World Champion Park Tae Hwan!!!

He’s one of the biggest stars in Korea, literally EVERYONE in Korea knows who Park Tae Hwan is… And he is a really humble and down to earth! Glad I could talk to him during the games and learn from his experiences.

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And the best takeaway from this trip was an autographed cap by the man himself! He was nice enough to trade swim caps with me after the competition. Definitely gonna keep this with my collection of swimming caps! I’m really a lucky person haha.

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Here are the 3 mascots from the Asian Games. They all have different meanings to them which I can’t really recall. But all of them look really cute!

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This meet was filled with so many 1992 babies, which deserves a shout out! 5 out of the 17 swimmers were 1992 babies. I’m glad we all could reunite in this games as the last competition that we had together was 2009, which was 5 years ago, so I’m really happy that we can finally compete together again. It’s such a pity that Lynette Lim will be retiring after this competition but I’m sure she will be back someday. All the best to you Lyn. 🙂

Post Competition

We had a day free after the competition so when it comes to a day off swimming, we surely know how to enjoy ourselves! I personally am IN LOVE with food and since it’s post competition, I indulge in anything and everything. Food makes me happy so I’m not gonna hold back, especially when the competition is over.

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I LOVE THESE POTATO SLICES. It’s coated with cheddar cheese. Crispy on the outside soft on the inside. BEST. THING. EVER.

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Best Oreo ice cream that I have ever tasted. It was spammed with ice cream and Oreo bits all over and being an Oreo lover, I just couldn’t resist it. Why should I anyway? HAHA.

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I think we might just have found our new career path after swimming… WE COULD BE PERFORMERS. Hahahahaha nah I’m just joking. We were just having some fun with the cosplay stuff in the games village after competition. We look pretty good don’t we?

What I have learnt from Asian Games

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Gary and I had discussed and realized my weaknesses during this Asian Games. We’ve seen the best compete and picked up on what qualities they have which we are lacking. We’ll definitely work harder towards my weaknesses and strive for better results in SEA Games 2015 so stay tuned! 🙂

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One of the saddest things that happened in this trip was to bid farewell to our Team Manager of SSA Aloysius Yeo. Being in SSA for 6 years, he is like a brother to us now.

He really worked his heart out this Asian Games. He really made sure that everything ran smoothly for all the swimmers. Carrying a heavy ice bath to the pool and following us to the call room to make sure that we don’t face any problems with swim suit and caps. This meet would not have gone the way it is now if it weren’t for all his help.

This has really taught me to appreciate everything and everyone in life before it’s gone. It’s really sad that you have to go but I wish you all the best in your future endeavors Aloy 🙂

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And of course, to my family that has been supporting me in my swimming career for 16 years and counting. Thank you all so much for everything. I wouldn’t have been where I am today if it weren’t for you all. :’)

P.S. my mum had work to do so she didn’t come. SHE SUPPORTS ME FULLY AS WELL.

Giveaway

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your consistent support throughout our time at Asian Games. I think we wouldn’t have been able to do it without our country’s support! With that said, I’m planning to give away this Asian Games Mascot.

This is one of the 3 Asian Games Mascot. Meet Vichuon! The first of the 3 siblings, Vichuon means Light; he shines a light of hope in the world with it’s dependable and warm personality, wishing for peace and stability in the world. He acts as the center of the Asian Games in building harmony and friendship amongst Asians.

I will give more details on the giveaway during my upcoming blog post so stay tuned!

Once again, THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR TEAM SINGAPORE! 🙂

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