Name: Stefan Tseng
Date of Birth: 4 February 1990 (25yrs)
Personal Best(s): 16.04m (Men triple jump, 2009 Negeri Sembilan Open)
- World Youth Championships 2007, 4th.
- Ranked 2nd in the World for youth, 2007.
- British Under-15 Indoor record holder.
- 6x National Record Holder
- Pacific School Games Under-15 Record Holder
- SEA Games 2007, 7th
- SEA Games 2009, 4th
- SEA Games 2011, 5th
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
Hoping to win a medal, and break my national record.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
It’s been very good, technical jumps in training have shown some promise.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
Injuries and support (in terms of sponsorship). Later in my athletics career, my biggest challenge is the battle against myself. Trying to find motivation and confidence.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
Tried it in primary school, and I instantly liked it. It is a balance of strength and agility. It is a highly technical event, and you could get severely injured or you could jump really far. You will instantly know if you jumped a technically good jump, or a bad one. Feels good when you are “flying” between the hop, step and jump.
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
My currenty technical coach is Femi Akinsanya, he used to coach Phillips Idowu (former World indoor and outdoor champion). My previous coach is Valeri Obidko, well known in Singapore for jumps. He helped me to break the National Record 6 times.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
In recent years I’ve been more aware of what I eat and its effects on my body, considering I study human biology. I don’t believe in supplements like protein shakes, because I believe you can get sufficient nutrients from a well-balanced diet. I have never taken protein shakes because I think it is a waste of money, my performance could be improved by training effectively.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
I enjoy watching and playing football.
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
I always have a fixed timing for training, and I plan everything else around it. During university, I have to plan training around my school timetable.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
I have 2-3 gym sessions per week, 2 technical sessions per week, and 2 conditioning sessions per week.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
I might be retiring after SEA Games, but could try to get the wild card spot for Olympics 2016
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
There are no short cuts to success, you have to train hard and smart to be the best. Be confident but not arrogant. Listen to what your coach tells you, but be aware of why you are doing certain things (don’t blindly follow).