1) How did you become so active in this role?
It all started in 2014 when the Chief of Singapore Sport Institute wrote an email to invite me to be a parent volunteer. I gladly accepted the invitation and started off as a befriender at the Athletes Centre 2 hours a week. Leading up to 2015 SEA Games, I volunteered myself for the whole duration. The athletes inspired me, and I felt strongly about continuing to contribute to the sporting community in any way I could.
2) Of all people, why do you choose to support athletes?
Being a parent athlete has given me valuable insights into an athletes psyche and emotional needs amongst their other needs. I didnt really choose but it came about because of the opportunity to work with them.
3) How do you manage to keep up with so many athletes when they all come from different sports?
It took a while to get to know them by name and by sport. I was stationed at the Athletes Centre where the athletes hung out, rested and studied back then. I made an effort to go up to every athlete who turned up at the Centre and got to know them.
4) What would you say to someone who is working towards achieving their dreams?
It will not be an easy one, but the secret is in the journey. Know that an athlete is body, mind and soul and all these 3 areas should align. Dont neglect any area. Hard work pays off and the support you receive is equally important.
5) How has your life changed since you became more active in this area?
Athletes became my friends, my source of encouragement, joy and hope.
6) What is your most memorable experience since working with so many different athletes?
When I was in Kuala Lumpur to support Team Singapore at the 2017 SEA Games. Despite the many different sports I supported, there isnt a particular instance that stood out as they were all memorable. This was because I knew each of the athletes personally and being able to watch them compete and push through, despite the outcome, was memorable for me. They inspired me as there were athletes who were injured and still pushed on to achieve their best outcome. The fighting spirit they possess taught me a lot about the human spirit, that they are a lot stronger than they look. They are warriors who never give up and their mental and emotional strength really shows when times get tough.
7) What does thriving mean to you?
It means I am able to be successful in what I do and enjoy the journey.