Name: Noelle Lee Xue Ngoh
Date of Birth: 19 Nov 1994 (21yrs)
Personal Best(s): 59.19s (400m women, 2015 SG Open)
Career Highlight(s): First time representing Singapore after 5 years. Highlight 5 years ago when I’m still running would be SEA Junior at Ho Chi Minh City, 3rd in 4 x 400M relay.
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
Competing on home soil is a dream come true for me and I hope every athlete can excel in their events. For myself, my target in this SEA Games is to give my all and do my coach proud.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Everything is good and I should be able to reach my peak during SEA Games.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
The biggest challenge would be making sacrifices and be committed during the journey to prepare myself for SEA Games.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
I started out in 100M and 200M event but my coach decided to change my specialisation event to 400M because of my built. 400M is a very interesting race because a race plan will play a big role in the timing an athlete will do.
For the relay, it is every sprinter’s dream to be in the relay team as this event shows not just how fast each individual can run but the bonds they have with one another in the team.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
I have been training under my current coach, Muthukumaran for 2 years. He was a former 400M sprinter and he coaches me based on his training and competition experience. My previous coach, Tham Kin Loong is the root of my running career. He is a former 400M Hurdler and has also represented Singapore in his hey-days. My passion for running started off with him and he always inspired me to become a successful athlete.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I will try to stick into a healthy diet, fulfilling at least 3 meals a day with a well proportion of CARBS, proteins, fats and iron.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
Anything fun interest me.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I will spend my Tuesday and Thursday with my family, having a simple dinner together when I’ve ended my school and gym training. I will also squeeze in time to complete my assignment after school while waiting for training to start at 6pm. On my weekends, I will spend my time with my loved one.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
I train 3 times a week on the track. As a 400M runner, I focus a lot on speed training because I react better with it. I will also have 2 gym sessions every week. Intensity depends on my season.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
There isn’t any long term athletics goals for me. I will continue running and competing so long as I can do it, I will.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Character get one out of bed to start running with heart, commitments allow one to keep striving even if it requires one to make sacrifices and discipline keep one going despite facing hurdles. So, to all young aspiring athletes, dream without work results to nightmare. And, having a good character, being committed and disciplined is very important.
Photo credit: Danny Toh & SportsSG