Amanda Lim, 17
National Youth Swimmer
First things first, how did you get started in your sport?
I actually started when I was about six years old – I had asthma and the family doctor recommended that I go swimming to speed up recovery. So my parents enrolled me into swimming lessons and I really liked it. And every year, our club had our own mini swimming competitions, so I’d take part and compete. Then I moved on to take part in inter-school competitions and then to competitive swimming.
So how long have you been competing for?
Since I was in Primary 4, so about seven and a half years now.
How do you think you’ll perform at the YOG?
Actually it’ll be the first time that I’ll be competing with athletes all over the world, and with athletes my age. The ones I’ve competed in before are open age groups, so I don’t really know how to gauge. But I’ll do my best and hope to get into the finals for all the events I’m in.
You’ve obviously got to step up training a little in preparation for the Games, what’s your training schedule looking like now?
I’ll be in Kunming, China to do some higher altitude training and will be back just before the Games start. It’ll be totally focused on swimming there so there won’t be any distractions. It’ll be more sessions – I’m doing 10 session and we’ll increase to about 13. We have water programs, and gym. Each session lasts about three hours.
There’s action a-plenty at the YOG – what are you looking forward to?
As this is the first YOG, it’s quite exciting. I’m looking forward to meeting people from all over the world, learning about their culture and their training habits. It’ll be interesting to find out how they see Singapore.
Which other sports will you be following during the YOG?
I’m from the sports school, so I have a lot of friends taking part in YOG in other sports like badminton, track and field, table tennis. So I’ll be following my friends around and supporting them if I’m not competing at the same time.
You’ve been competing for a number of years already, what advice would you have for other aspiring athletes?
I think I would ask them to just follow their dreams. There might be obstacles or anything that’s preventing them in reaching what they want. But I believe in following what you want to pursue and what you like and ultimately you’ll get there.
What do you hope to achieve in the future with your sporting career?
I hope to take part in the 2012 Olympics. If I can be part of the YOG, it’d be good to be part of the Olympics too. So that would be my ultimate goal.
Find out more about the sports happening at the YOG here!