Going For Gold

National swimmer Pang Sheng Jun believes that talent is no substitute for hard work.

By Edmund Wee      1 September 2019

What’s next for you?

I’m trying to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next year in the 200m individual medley. We have until March 2020 to qualify for it, as the Tokyo Games will be in July. I will give it my very best.

What have you learnt from swimming competitively all these years?

Swimming prepares you for life, really. It teaches you that, in life, you’ll not always get what you want. I’m now so used to facing rejection that I’m not afraid to live life on the edge, which has helped me on many occasions, including for relationships as well.

What advice do you have for young swimmers who want to swim competitively?

You have to really love swimming to be able to keep your passion strong. We train an average of six hours per day. Also, always remember that everyone improves his performance at his own pace, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results or when you see your peers improving at a faster pace. Just focus on the process, keep working hard, and enjoy the sport.

I can assure you that the results will definitely come when you persevere.


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