Name: Joy Kuan Hui Min
Date of Birth: 23 October 1991 (24yrs)
Personal Best(s): 58.76s (Women 400m, 2015 Malaysia Open)
Career Highlight(s): 400m Finalist at the recent 2015 Malaysia Open and 2015 Singapore Open.
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
For the 4x400m relay team to hold a new record.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
My training preparations are going well currently.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
Firstly, it is trying to strike a balance between training, work, leisure and rest. Sometimes I feel so exhausted that I’d fall asleep at work. Secondly, it is battling with injuries that will really hinder your progression and performance.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
It was the foresight of my coach. Last July my coach told me to give 400m a try and it was his confidence in me that made me take that first step. The attraction is how I can overcome the pain each time I compete.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
My current coach is Kamarulzaman bin Tahir. His dedication and commitment towards coaching us is very admirable and he puts our well-being before his. He has nothing but positive and encouraging words for us all the time. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
My previous coaches were Coach Tan Wei Leong and Coach Edmund Yeo when I was in SIM.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I do avoid fried food and try to cut down on desserts. I don’t have a strict diet but I try to add more carbs and protein in my meals. I believe that certain supplements do help in recovery to a certain extent.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
I love travelling.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I’m very grateful to my current employer who allows me to have a 3-days work week. I usually spend more time with my family over the weekends.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
Usually 4-5 times of track work per week, with 2 times of gym session/plyo/core.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
To qualify and represent Singapore at other Major games.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
You’ll never know what you can achieve unless you dare to try it. Positivity is key!