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Name: Michelle Sng Suat Li
Date of Birth: 19 May 1987 (28yrs)
Personal Best(s): 1.84m (Women high jump, 2015 Philippines Open)
National record 1.84m
National junior record 1.80m
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
I want to break the national record.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
I’m working on my full run up to ensure my consistency.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
I had stress fracture in my left shin in 2007 and underwent surgery in 2008. In 2010, I had to leave the sport because I was no longer clearing the heights I wanted.
Coming back in November 2013 was difficult both physically and psychologically, but I’m glad I did.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
I took part in high jump at my school’s sports day when I was 13 and realised that I wasn’t too bad at it.
I love the technicalities of high jump and how one has to defy gravity to do the sport. There is so much beauty in a well-executed leap.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
Since I was 14, I have been training with Ms Chan See Huey. She was a heptahlete and once held the national records for heptathlon, high jump and long jump.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I’m a pescetarian so I have to make a special effort to ensure I have enough protein, be it through my daily meals or through supplements.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
I love travelling. During my 3 year hiatus, I backpacked through 22 countries.
I’m also an avid yogi. Before I came back to the track, I would practice 50-60 classes a month.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I would say time management coupled with a lot of praying and hoping that my leave gets approved.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
2-3x plyo and sprints
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
I’d like to be able to call myself a 190 jumper.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
Stay hungry. Stay humble.
4th Jun 2015