Describe yourself :
I am shy at first, adventurous,
What side or character of yours
that would most likely surprise others?
I asked my friends and they told
me they were surprised that I was VERY talkative.
What age did you start swimming?
What brought you to the sport of swimming?
I started swimming at the age of 4
and started competing at the age of 7. I was brought to swimming
because I got inspired of my brother's ability to swim and
compete with other swimmers.
During your early years of
swimming, have you ever thought that you will reach where you
are now today as a swimmer? Why?
I never thought I would reach this
far because when I was young, I used to think swimming was just
What do you think are the factors
that make you a successful swimmer?
Determination, Drive and
Discipline. I believe that I was enough to drive myself to the
fullest to make me as disciplined as I can be to reach the goals
that Iíve set.
What is your most memorable
experience as a swimmer?
I have a lot of memorable
experiences as swimmer such as team outings, hard trainings,
competitions, and awardings.
Apart from being a Summer
Olympian, what is (are) your other goal(s) as a swimmer?
My very goal is to be a role model
or an inspiration to others who wish to accomplish their dreams
Was there ever a time that you
thought of quitting swimming? Why?
As others did I also had those
moments that the thought of quitting swimming came into my mind
and it is because of the stress, because of the practices,
increasing school pressure and a lot of sacrifices like not
eating the food I wish I could.
Who do you look up to as a
I look up to God because He is my
source of strength.
Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a swim? What are these?
I meditate and visualize my events
the night before the competition. Before (or even while I am
swimming) every event I pray to God for guidance.
Please share some words of wisdom
for swimmers who wish to be like you.
If you are suffering from a very
hard training, always remember that there are also other
athletes that are suffering a lot more than you are at the
moment, but they still choose to push themselves from their
limits. So don't stop until you've got nothing and always think
that you can do it.
Message to your supporters :
I would like to express my deepest
gratitude for supporting me and I hope I am making all of you
proud. I don't want to let you down because I don't want your
efforts (like coming from a far place but you travel to watch
and cheer for me) come to waste.