Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

Published on August 28th, 2018

Past and present members of the Singapore Sailing Team share their advice and words of wisdom on how to compete at the highest level:


“Focus on your own race and don’t get distracted by unnecessary things, don’t panic when you’re in an unexpected situation and just simulate what you would do if you were in training.”
– Jodie Lai, youngest Singaporean Asian Games Gold medalist and a contender at the 2018 Asian Games in the Laser 4.7 class

“Keep on pushing even if you feel like everything is against you.”
– Cecilia Low, 2-time Asian Games medalist and a contender at the 2018 Asian Games in the 49erFX

“You don’t just want to succeed, you need it – always keep the fire burning, the hunger to succeed. Let’s do our country and ourselves proud!”
– Kimberly Lim, 2-time Asian Games medalist, and a contender at the 2018 Asian Games in the 49erFX with Cecilia Low

“Every event starts with everyone on zero point, so team gets the same chance of winning and losing that Medal.”
– Colin Ng, Gold medalist at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok

“Every point matters so never give up as the races are never over until after the end of protest hearing time / drug tests. You have to be consistent to win. It is not about the number of firsts but the consistency of doing well in all races.”
– Koh Seng Leong, Olympian and Silver medalist at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha

”Respect your opponents but know that you are better than them.”
– Teo Wee Chin, 3-time Asian Games medalist

“Don’t let the previous races tie you down. Focus on the races to come.”
– Rachel Lee Qing, 2010 Asian Games Gold medalist

“The hard work is in the preparation leading up to the games. Train 200% now, relax and deliver at the regatta!”
– Chung Pei Ming, 2002 Asian Games Bronze medalist

“No matter what the outcome, enjoy the journey and the experience!”
– Dawn Liu, 2010 Asian Games Bronze medalist

”Focus on doing all the small things you have trained for well and enjoy the experience.”
– Renfred Tay, 2006 Asian Games Gold medalist

”Be confident in your preparations and trust the people around you who are supporting you.”
– Ryan Lo, 2010 Asian Games Bronze medalist and a contender at the 2018 Asian Games in the Laser Standard class

“Believe in all the hard work that you have put in leading up to the event and compete with all your heart!”
– Savannah Siew, 2014 Asian Games Gold medalist

”Enjoy the experience, every point counts, always keep fighting until the race is over.”
– Scott Glen Sydney, 2010 Asian Games Bronze medalist

”Train hard, make sure you have enough rest, and most importantly, have faith in yourself. It’s not over until you cross the finish line, fight and never give up, because anything is possible.”
– Sean Lee, 2006 Asian Games Bronze medalist

”Work at one mark at a time, one leg at a time, until you cross the finish line; until you finish the last race, it’s not over yet.”
– Siew Shaw Her,Olympian and Asian Games Gold medalist

”Take ownership of your campaign; control everything you can control. Don’t worry about the things outside of your control; Rise above it.”
– Colin Cheng, Olympian and 2-time Asian Games medalist

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