Team Singapore swimmer Samantha Yeo will be making her debuts in 2 major games in the next few months (photo credit: SportSG)
It has been an intense 12 months for Samantha Yeo. The fresh-faced Raffles Girls School student dislocated her right patella just two months before the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games and had to battle her way back into contention for the Games.
Fast forward to today and there is plenty for Samantha to look forward to, with her debuts at both the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympic Games in the next few months set to become the highlights of her young career so far.
Despite turning 17 just earlier this year, Samantha already has a slew of medals which any young swimmer would be proud of – one Gold and one Bronze in the 2013 SEA Games, one Gold and four Silvers at the 2013 Asian Youth Games, one Gold and one Bronze in the 2011 SEA Games, and she has also competed at the World Championships in Barcelona last year.
She will be looking to set the swimming pool alight again when she competes in the 50m, 100m, and 200m breast stroke events in Glasgow.
“It is an honour to be able to represent Singapore in not one, but two extremely prestigious competitions,” she quipped. “Lots of work will have to be done in order to maintain and be in my best possible form for both events, but with the support of Singaporeans cheering me on I am looking forward to enjoying my race, hitting as many personal best times as much as possible and do Singapore proud.”
Danny Yeo is the national record holder for the men's 100M freestyle (photo credit: SportSG)
Her teammate Danny Yeo, national record holder for the men’s 100M Freestyle, will also be making his Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow this month.
Like Samantha, the 24-year-old Singapore Management University (SMU) student is no stranger to breaking records in the swimming pool and competing on the international stage. Danny made a name for himself when he won three Golds and one Silver at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
He was also part of the Singapore men’s team, whose other members were Joseph Schooling, Pang Sheng Jun and Quah Zheng Wen, that swept home the Gold in the 4x200M Freestyle Relay at the 2013 SEA Games, breaking both the Games record and national record that was set in 2009.
While the Commonwealth Games are likely to prove a tougher challenge, he is looking forward to do well for Singapore in Glasgow and is hyped up by the thought of competing against high level opponents. “I feel excited to race against the best in the Commonwealth Games, and I am relishing the opportunity to do so,” said Danny. He added, “I hope to surpass some of my personal bests and do my nation proud.”
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