Name: Ong Sim Hao
Date of Birth: 26 October 1998 (17yrs)
Personal Best(s): 2.02m (Men high jump, 2015 S’pore Youth/Jr C’ships)
Career Highlight(s): –
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
I hope to be able to make new friends and gain new experiences from the other stellar athletes competing in the SEA Games. My dream and target is to be able to win a medal at this year’s SEA Games.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
I have been consistently training to improve my technique and strength in preparation of the SEA Games.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
I often doubt myself in times of competition, leading to many disappointing results, both in local and overseas competitions. I have also sustained injuries in my right leg due to my poor high jump technique.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
Before Secondary School, I was not interested in Track and Field. However, I stumbled upon High Jump during Track and Field Trials held in Secondary 1, and naturally fell in love with the sport.
I did not have a talent in sprinting, nor was I fit enough to do long distance running. Hence, High Jump felt like the most suitable sport for me.
When I do High Jump, I am filled with an indescribable sense of satisfaction every time I clear a certain height. At the same time, High Jump also provides me with a form of reprieve from the stress of school life, because my coaches and friends are kind and supportive.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
My current coach is Ms Chan See Huey. She is very supportive and kind, and is always there to help me achieve greater heights. I have not been the easiest person to coach, so I am deeply grateful for her patience and dedication to me and the sport.
My previous coach was Mr Woon Ta Wei, former Record Holder for the National B Division High Jump Men’s Finals.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I do not make sustained efforts to watch my nutrition or diet, but I do remind myself not to consume unnecessary junk food such as McDonalds. I don’t usually take supplements.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
Other than athletics, I am also interested in basketball. When I am not training for competitions, I usually play basketball on a daily basis for exercise, and because I love the sport.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I ensure that I am home before 8 pm every day so that I can eat dinner with my family. I also spend my Sundays with my family. As for studies, I sit myself down for a few hours each day to do my homework and study for examinations.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
I work on my jumps and technique three times a week, and I go for gym trainings once a week.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
I hope to be able to make a name for myself in my event, and I also hope to become the best High Jumper in Hwa Chong history.
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
I often find myself doubting my capabilities, and this nagging doubt has caused me to miss out on many opportunities in the past. Hence, I feel that aspiring athletes should always have confidence in themselves, because everyone has the capacity to achieve greatness as long as they believe in themselves.