Game for life: in full sprint
11 December, 2013
In every race, national sprinter and Olympian Gary Yeo strives to win while surpassing his personal best. Widely considered as one of the fastest men in the region, Gary had a 2012 that was nothing short of phenomenal. A Southeast Asian (SEA) Games silver medallist, Gary recently won the 100m final at the 2012 ASEAN University Games.
While these track successes may appear to be bursts of brilliance from the young man, he actually went through years of disciplined training behind the scenes before reaching his standard. “It is not just about luck or talent. To do well in sports and life, it is about having the discipline to work towards better timings, the perserverance to stick to the path, and the mental strength to overcome any obstacle.”
With Gary’s sporting achievements, it may come as a surprise that he failed to make the track and field team when he first entered Victoria School. “I was of smaller size as compared to my peers and felt that I ran pretty fast,” he recalls.
To say that he was disappointed would be an understatement. He decided to stick it out in athletics by turning up for training, anyway. He never missed a training session, and at 14, he finally had a chance to compete.
The above is an excerpt from “Game For Life”, a book that chronicles the journeys of 25 Singaporeans whose lives have been made extraordinary through sport. To read more about Gary among other inspiring stories of hope and achievement, get your copy of “Game for Life” for just SGD$ 20 from SSC’s Sports Library located at 230 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore 397799.
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