Name: Jeevaneesh S/O Soundararajah
Date of Birth: 5 July 1993 (22yrs)
Personal Best(s): 15:55.85 (Men 5000m, 2015 SG Open)
Career Highlight(s): Nationals Inter-school Cross Country Championships 2011 – 1st (Course Record)
Nationals Inter-school Track & Field Championships 2011 5000m – 1st
SUNIG Road Run 2014 – 3rd
U23 SAA Track & Field Championships 2014 5000m – 1st
IVP Track & Field 2015 10,000m – 3rd
IVP Track & Field 2015 5,000m – 2nd
Singapore Open 2015 5,000m – 4th
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
I hope I can achieve a personal best, hopefully a time close to 15:40 for 5,000m for this SEA Games.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Currently I have to juggle between studies and training but once after finals is over soon, I will be focusing on training fully so that I can achieve my target of 15:40 for 5,000m for SEA Games.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
One of the biggest challenges was during army where I could not train as I used to due to the commitments and trainings I had in army. I had to be really patient till ORD and when I started training after ORD, it took some time for me to reach my previous form I had in JC and to be motivated to train professionally once again.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
I decided to specialise for 5000m because I find training for middle distance too intense although I do enjoy running 800m and 1500m sometimes. Also, I find 10,000m, half-marathon and marathon too long and daunting and thus, I chose 5000m to be my pet event.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
My current coach is Mr Steven Quek who trains us, the NUS Cross Country Team. He is a fatherly figure who plans training for us, ensures we take care of ourselves by having enough rest and proper nutrition and help us to achieve our goals for running.
My previous coach is Mr Rameshon who coached me at Hwa Chong Institution and he is very dedicated to athletics and he is the one who convinced me to run competitively.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I ensure I eat proper meals in the day, fruits for nutrition and I avoid fast food and fizzy drinks.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
Aside from athletics, I enjoy watching soccer as I support Arsenal. I wish I could play too but I can’t play much because I am worried that I might get injured.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I train 3 times a week and it is planned in such a way that it does not affect my studies much during my school term so I got more time to study. Holidays is where I have the time to train more as well as spending time with my family and friends as well as have good rest.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
I train 3 times a week and it consist of 2 interval trainings and a long run at Macritchie Reservoir.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
My long term athletics goal is to continue improving my personal best for 5000m and break the 5000m national record in the near future.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
My advice for young aspiring athletes is to continue training consistently and focus on improving their personal bests for their events and achieving their goals instead of comparing themselves with others and enjoy the process of training with their teammates. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork