Name: Carmel Teo
Date of Birth: 1 December 1996 (19yrs)
Personal Best(s): 3.45m (Women pole vault, 2014 Asian Junior)
Career Highlight(s): Women national junior pole vault record holder.
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
I hope to break my own personal best as well as win a bronze medal in my event.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
Breaking my left shin in 2012.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
My CCA teacher-in-charge asked if I wanted it give it a try when I was in secondary 3. Because this event is not like other events. It requires much more technique which is a lot more challenging. The feeling after successfully crossing a height cannot be easily replicated elsewhere.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
Mr David Yeo. He is a great coach who takes great care of his athlete though he doesn’t really show it.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I try to eat less junk food recently due to the major influx of competitions however in my off seasons I usually just eat anything I want till I’m full.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
I enjoy playing most sports and travelling to new places when I can try new sports. I also love going to amusement parks.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I try to spend the weekends with my family as most of the times spent during weekdays are on school and training.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
Now that I am waiting for school to start, I train every Mon-Fri. During school periods I train every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Most training is spent jumping unless it rains and then we will do PT.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
Breaking the national record and go on the represent Singapore in more international competitions.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Train hard, train smart and remember to believe in yourself as well as your coach.