Team Singapore's Catherine Chew in action during Jumping Individual 2nd Qualifier (Photo by Dyan Tjhia / Sport Singapore)
Team Singapore equestrian rider Catherine Chew qualified for the finals of the Individual Jumping competition on Sunday, finishing 18th out of 36 competitors. She will compete again on Tuesday.
This is Chew’s second time at the Asian Games, and she was heartened that her horse, Coquira, the youngest in the competition, worked well with her on Sunday.
“I’m satisfied with my performance today. My horse is one of the youngest and I think she did really well today. Of course there are little things that we still have to work on so as to have it ready for the finals,” said Chew.
She added: “My expectations today was to qualify for the finals. It is a really strong field I’m up against about 15 or 16 athletes who have made it to the Olympics. I also realise that there are a lot more competitors this year, with new entrants from the Philippines and Thailand so it will definitely more challenging.”
Team Singapore's Catherine Chew in action during Jumping Individual 1st qualifier (Photo by Dyan Tjhia / Sport Singapore)
The sprightly 25-year-old, who works as a management consultant with Accenture, just aims for a respectable finish in the finals on Tuesday.“Most of the riders I’m competing against are professionals - they ride 10 hours a day while I ride 10 hours a week! They have a lot of horses to ride on and some even train horses for a living. It’s hard to compare, but we’re quite hopeful of a top 10 finish. All I can is that I’ll do my best,” she said.
Looking ahead, Chew said that the Games this year will be a good platform upon which she can prepare for the 2015 SEA Games which will be hosted in Singapore.
“This Games is definitely good preparation ground for the SEA Games as it will allow me to continue to grow and develop as an athlete. My horse has never been to a championship so I think it’s great that she gets to share in the fun, the jetlag and the decorum. We’re definitely looking forward to more competitions together."