Road to Glasgow: Running after a dream without brakes
23 July, 2014
Veronica Shanti Pereira (or Shanti as she is usually known) - national record holder for the 60m, 100m and 200m events. (Photo by Sport Singapore)
Veronica Shanti Pereira – she is Singapore’s fastest woman in 100 metres. With a time of 11.89s, the sprinter will be making her maiden appearance in the Commonwealth Games and her preparations have been straightforward: Run as fast as she can!
Shanti’s rise in athletics began when she was still in CHIJ Katong Primary School and she has since grew to love the sport as it makes her feel confident not only on the tracks but in her everyday life as well.
The Republic Polytechnic student also had the honour of being the only Singaporean to qualify for the World Youth Championships in Ukraine in 2013, for both the 100m and 200m events.
“I feel very honoured to be able to represent Singapore at one of the most elite competitions. It gives me a chance to show what I, as a Singaporean, have in me,” said Shanti, beaming with pride.
“It also gives me a platform to push my efforts to the fullest as the competition will be of the highest standard.”
“I am also extremely excited to be travelling to Glasgow as I will get a lot of experience running at the games as well as exposure, which is what many athletes look to gain when they travel to various countries for competitions.”
Shanti (middle) crossing the finishing line at the 2013 SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, where she set the new national record for 200m with a timing of 24.12 seconds. (Photo by Sport Singapore)
Currently the 17-year-old has a personal best of 24.54 seconds in the 200m and 3 minutes 47 seconds in the 4x400m relay and hopes to best her timings in Glasgow.
“I am aiming to improve my timing in the 200m as much as I can, given that my competitors are going to push me to my limit,” explained the triple winner in the 200m, 400m and 4x100m in the 2012 Thailand Inter-Sports School Championship.
“As for the relay, I am hoping for us to go as near to the national record as we can or maybe even break it. I think the main goal would be to improve on our timing overall.”
Shanti’s talent on the track has earned her numerous accolades including the best performer awards at the Thailand Inter-Sports School Championship, 2012 colours award (zone and national) and being named as the best ‘B’ division girl (National Schools) in 2011.
While this Games will be an eye-opener for Shanti, she is continuously seeking new challenges and the way up in her sporting career.
“For athletes in track, I think the best thing I can say is that your dreams will come true some day.”
“May not be now, may not be in two years, but it will come some day and if you really want it, you have to go all the way to get it.”
While Shanti’s event only begins on 30 July, her comrades will be starting their run on 27 July. Continue to pledge your support to our Team Singapore athletes via www.facebook.com/teamsg and instagram! #ourteamsg