My last swimming competition to end off 2014

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… And I’m finally done a year of competition!

The Singapore National Swimming Championships was last week and I’m having mixed feelings about the meet. Although I did a personal best in a race, I felt that it could have been a better meet if I swam some races differently. But overall couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the year.

I ended the meet off with 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and a meet record, which are really good results to end off 2014! Things are really looking good gearing towards the 2015 SEA Games.

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Special shout out to these awesome coaches from SAC who really saw the potential in my swimming career and really motivated me to train hard leading up to the Singapore National Swimming Championships.

I strongly believe a swimmers’ true potential can only be brought out with the help of an experienced coach, and it’s really a privilege to be able to train under these amazing coaches as they have really brought out my potential in swimming.

They could understand my struggles of balancing sports and studies as a student athlete and did not stress me out too much during my exam period.

I remember feeling really guilty when I couldn’t perform during a session leading up to Nationals but Coach Richard didn’t scold me as he knew that the coming exams were stressing me out. He just told me to relax and focus on my exams, and I was really appreciative of that.

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And of course, a special shout out to my dad, whose always been there for me every minute of the competition. He really ensured that I had whatever I needed during the meet – From filming to transport.

I could still remember that I was hungry right before my 400m Freestyle final, and he had to rush to the closest bread shop just to get bread for me within 5 minutes as I was already late for my warm up. He didn’t complain or anything though I kinda rushed him to get bread for me. Instead, he just ensured that I had what was best for me and that was all that he needed. After seeing his commitment and faith in me, I really couldn’t let him down in my 400m Freestyle final which was coming up though I was aching like mad. So I really ignored the fatigue state I was in and swam my heart out in that race.

… And I’m really happy that I was able to do him proud.

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Thanks for all the support dad! Really appreciate it a lot. 🙂

 

Here’s a small feature on the Straits Times with my bro Clement Lim who also made the Qualifying mark for SEA Games: 

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Pang Sheng Jun (left) and Clement Lim both clocked new meet records and also met their respective SEA Games qualifying marks on the final day of the Singapore National Swimming Championships yesterday. Pang Clocked 3min 58.73sec in the 400m Freestyle while Lim touched home in 28.54sec in the 50m breastroke. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

 

Here’s a short post race interview with Voxsports about my thoughts about the 2015 SEA Games after my race:

Well I know I may have over emphasized about how happy I was after my race, but I honestly had no idea that I was repeating myself so much… Must have been a little too happy there hahaha.

The biggest challenge I experienced this meet was racing a 400m Freestyle straight after a 1500m Freestyle race. It was literally less than 12 hours of rest in between those 2 races, and I was really sore right before my 400m race. I have never done this in my entire swimming career before and it had definitely took a lot out of me. But I’m glad that I was still able to make the SEA Games qualifying time despite being really exhausted before my race.

I’m really excited for the coming 2015 SEA Games because I’m certain that we’ll definitely get much more support as compared to the previous SEA Games. Hope I’ll get a chance to race in it and do Singapore proud. 🙂

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Team SAC has been crowned champions with a 10 year win streak, and it’s really an honor and privilege to be a part of this awesome team. 🙂

Even though I’ve only joined SAC in January 2014, everyone had been really welcoming towards me and it has really been the best training culture I have ever experienced in my entire swimming career. Everyone really motivates and pushes one another during every high intensity session which really helped us in clocking personal best in this National trials.

There is no I in TEAM, and even though swimming is an individual sport, Swimfast Aquatic Club competes as a team during this National trials which is why the pressure to do well naturally goes down. It personally does help me to relax and have fun as I know that I have a strong team cheering me on and supporting me during my race.

However, things may change in the year of 2015 with the new National Training Squad established and our team may no longer be the same anymore with different people training at different places.

A whole new group of swimmers will be gathered in the National team training together under coach Sergio Lopez and Gary Tan, which I personally feel excited for it as that may be a big step for Singapore Swimming to progressed into being competitive internationally.

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But enough of over-analyzing… because right now, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy my Christmas break before training resumes again in 2015.

P.S. To those that have supported me and congratulated me after my race, I wanna take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for sharing your joy with me after my race. It really motivates me and encourages me to work even harder as I know that I’m being supported wherever I am, so I really appreciate it a lot. You know who you are! 🙂

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All these SNSC photo moments were captured by Adrian Seetho, thanks for all the awesome photos bro! You really helped me relive the happy moments as I saw those swimming photos.

To view more of his awesome work, do check out his Facebook page at Adrian Seetho Photography!

 

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