Singapore sailors Elizabeth Yin, Amanda Ng and Jovina Choo tell us about the prep needed to compete at the world’s biggest sporting event. By Zarelda Marie Goh
From left: Sailors Elizabeth Yin, Amanda Ng and Jovina Choo. Photo: SPH Magazines
Meet Elizabeth Yin, 24, a full-time athlete, Jovina Choo, 26, a sports development officer at the Special Olympics Singapore, and Amanda Ng, 22, an undergraduate at Singapore Management University.
All three of them are from Team Singapore and they are currently representing our nation at the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This is Elizabeth’s second Olympic meet. She participated in 2012, where she came in 24th in the Women’s Laser Radial event. Jovina and Amanda are first-timers. They race together in the Women’s 470 event.
The sailors trained intensely for months before the Olympics – mostly outside of Singapore. We look forward to seeing how they perform against the world’s best athletes.
Tell us more about the event you’ll be competing in at the Olympic Games.
Elizabeth: “I will be competing in the Women’s Laser Radial event, the women’s one-person dinghy in a Laser Radial. There will be a series of races, and each race lasts about an hour.”
Amanda: “Jovina and I will be racing together in the Women’s 470 event.”
Jovina: “The 470 is a double-handed dinghy, which means it is a boat sailed with two persons on board. It is named the 470 as it is 4.7m in length.”
What’s the most common misconception people have about sailing?
Elizabeth: “People think it’s relaxing and you don’t do much at all. That’s not true.”
Amanda: “That it is very difficult. Actually, after just one sailing lesson, you’d probably be able to steer a boat by yourself.”
Jovina: “That it’s like windsurfing. Until I show them a picture of our boat.”
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