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A heart that's set on Gold

19 June 2017
Rebecca Ling

Self-motivated and driven, Chelsea is on a personal mission to show Singaporeans, especially the parents of children practicing Taekwondo, that it is possible to juggle sports and studies and do equally well in both areas. Even with her packed training schedule and frequent flying to international competitions, Chelsea produces a realistic GPA of 3.0 and above, embodying her motto of “nothing is impossible if you set your heart and mind to it.”

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Her goal in this year's SEA Games is still set on the gold, but this time round, Chelsea will be looking to enjoy the process and make the most out of it.

“We never know what the outcome will be like. My mindset has changed: I will keep having the gold in mind, but I'll just continue training hard, give my 101% in trainings, and try my very best at the Games,” she explains.


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Chelsea's balancing act

In ASEAN countries, many national Taekwondo exponents are full-time athletes – even the Malaysian team. These athletes are training three times more than her: three times a day, six times a week. Chelsea currently has a single two-hour training session six times a week. Nevertheless, she is undaunted by the fact that her competitors are training more frequently.

Choosing to focus on quality over quantity, Chelsea believes in making full use of the two hours that she has during training, and to get any kind of edge to her performance through her sport psychology, physiology and rehabilitation sessions at the Singapore Sports Institute.

“It's a holistic approach that really helps us. This approach not only takes care of our physical well-being, it also takes care of our mental well-being. Mental training is especially important for us athletes.”

Just like her steady gravity-defying kicks, Chelsea is all out to ensure a well-balanced regimen that will lead her toward her goal of gold.

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Feel the heart

This August, Chelsea will be bringing her A-game to KL in a bid to defend her SEA Games gold medal. Witness the polished and powerful moves of Singapore's very own Taekwondo chilli padi and cheer her on as #OneTeamSG!



Click to find out two ways you can show your support for Chelsea AND stand a chance to witness the sporting action LIVE in the spectator stands!

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