Name: Wong Kai Yuen
Date of Birth: 17 June 1994 (21yrs)
Personal Best(s): 16.24m (Men shot put, 2014 Vietnam Open)
Career Highlight(s): Asian Juniors Bronze 2012. Singapore U18, U20, U21 record. SEA U20 all-time record. 2011 World U18 top 30, 2013 World U20 top 50.
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
Getting a new personal best.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Going well; no pain/new injuries and am training really hard.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
NS, serious injuries (ACL+Meniscus tear), some bouts of near-burnout, lack of development program/stable coaching and guidance.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
I hate running.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
Current throws coach is Guo Huai Yun, long-time school coach (11 years, HCI). I also work with James Wong for strength and conditioning at the gym. I was coached by Chu Seow Beng from Primary 4 to 6, and Elangovan in Primary 3. Oh yes, I also have this training partner/”coach” called Md Sha.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
Bulking all day everyday lah bro! Basic supplements are good (BCAA, creatine, glucosamine), but KFC is the best.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
Taking naps really interests me.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I try my best to balance everything.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
I train 12x a week, 2x a day with Sunday rest. Mornings are usually spent in the gym with James working on S & C, and evenings are dedicated to event-specific training and other conditioning work.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
Nothing on the cards yet.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Not that I’m old and wise already, but “suffer now and live the rest of your life a champ”.
Image courtesy of SportsSG and Danny Toh.