Sean Toh Renjie is a Secondary 4 student from Victoria School. He recently represented Singapore in the Youth Olympic Games in Athletics. His specializes in the 110m Hurdles event. He clocked a timing of 14.24s to get the second position in the C Finals. Let’s hear what he has to say after his experience at the YOG.
Q1: What was your first reaction when you knew you were going to represent Singapore in the YOG?
A1: I felt kind of relieved after hearing the results for the list of people in the YOG. I told myself to work for it before the Asian Area Qualifications and I’m glad and happy that I actually made it there.
Q2: How has the YOG experience been for you? Any special memories you wish to share?
A2: I think the YOG is simply fantastic. I’ve met people from all over the world and especially national councils such as Marshall Islands, Sudan, Granade, which I’ve never heard before. Special memories in YOG so far was participating in CEP (Culture & Education Programme) and recreational games with my fellow competitors from Czech republic, New Zealand, etc.
Q3: How was the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) experience? Could you tell us more about the feeling of staying with athletes from all over the world?
A3: YOV was great as you’ll never get bored there. The people are friendly and helpful. I think the feeling can’t be measured in words. I never imagined to be living with 204 different NOCs for 13 days. A very very special and delicate feeling.
Q4: What Victorian values have helped you in your YOG endeavours?
A4: Definitely sportsmanship. Victoria taught me to respect others, understand them and have compassion.
Q5: Lastly, what do you wish to say to all Victorians out there, especially those who have been supporting you, and many others who aspire to be like you?
A5: Don’t ever give up and have faith in yourself. Follow your passion and you’ll shine one day. Nil sine labore!
Thank you very much Sean and all the best for the upcoming ‘O’ Levels! 🙂