Name: Cheryl Chan Xue Rou
Date of Birth: 20 September 1995 (20yrs)
Personal Best(s): 4:55.86min (1500m Women, 2015 S’pore Open) and 11:55.50min (Women 3000mSC, 2015 Taiwan Open)
Career Highlight(s): –
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
I’m trying my best to get a medal for the 3000m Steeplechase, and also a Personal Best to clock a new National Record! :)
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Training’s been insane! Clocking loads of mileage, practicing my barrier clearance, crashing, and rising from each painful landing to chase the clock.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
The Challenge is to be able to balance between pushing to the limits and not getting injured. Injuries are great roadblocks to every athletes’ journey to the Games, so it’s very important to know when to stop.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
I stumbled upon steeplechase by chance actually, when Coach jokingly asked me to try doing a lap with barriers. He was surprise to see me clear rather than crash and guess that led to my first race which was more of a scare than anything! But I’d say Steeplechase brings a little more fun to the many rounds on the track, and the water jump sure does gives a good shot of adrenaline which each clearance
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
Current Coach is Coach Elangovan. He’s really strict when it comes to training, which pushes us to give our best for every training. He also brings along his two really adorable daughters who are the team’s cutest cheerleaders.
My previous Coaches were my Cedar coaches: Mr Chris Chan, Mr Tay Yong Hwee and Mr Chue Weng Fai, whom I’ll be eternally grateful to. They were the ones who saw the Best in me and gave me the encouragement to be a school triple gold medalist from 2009-2012. I couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for their endless support and believe in me.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
Not very strictly, but I’m sacrificing my favourite Ice-cream on Waffles till after SEA Games!
I feel it’s important to eat healthy and abstain from greasy food to avoid feeling lethargy for trainings or races. Supplements on the other hand helps in the recovery for the next session.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
My greatest passion would be my love for animals, thus my Dream would be to fulfil my ambition to be a Vet. I currently love my job in the stables at the National Equestrian Centre where I work with and learn more about Horses.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I feel it’s all about Making time for your friends and family, and having the Discipline to complete schoolwork before they pile up. Training becomes like a distraction from distractions, so you really just focus on excelling in both Sports and Studies.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
Averaging 70-80k mileage
2x Event Specific Training
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
Currently not too sure if I’ll want to continue track, most likely gonna go back to Triathlon in Australia.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Grab each opportunity you have, and give it your very Best. You’ll never know when your next chance might be. Don’t let anything Stop you, Chase your Dreams and Don’t Stop till you’re there. Impossible is not a word, just a reason, for someone not to try.