Describe yourself :
My friends say I'm funny and always
have a big laugh at my jokes. I love
talking to people. I enjoy listening
to music. I enjoy playing other
sports like soccer, cricket,
baseball, basketball. I enjoy ice
skating and rollerblading. I used to
play golf and competed at the junior
PGA until I gave it up for
What side or character of yours
that would most likely surprise
I'm quiet, if I don't know you, that
sometimes I'm mistakenly thought to
be snobbish. But once you get to
know me, I'm fun to be with.
What age did you start swimming?
What brought you to the sport of
I learned to swim at the age of 4
mainly for safety reason. We live at
the beach front so going to the
beach was/is a normal thing to do.
My dad's side of the family are
swimmers. It is a family joke that
we learn to swim first before we
During your early years of
swimming, have you ever thought that
you will reach where you are now
No, I only thought it was FUN. It
gave me so much freedom and
confidence to swim at the deepest
end of the pool, frolicking with my
cousins and friends, while my mom
kept an eagle on me.
What do you think are the factors
that make you a successful swimmer?
Firstly, my supportive parents. I
started competing at the age of 6.
They always tell me to have fun and
do my best, but never imposed that I
should win. Secondly, hard work and
strong determination to achieve my
goal. The desire to win, to make my
parents proud, my coach proud, my
club/team proud and hopefully, one
day, my country proud. And to say
the least, prayers.
What is your most memorable
experience as a swimmer?
My rookie year at the Dutch
Nationals. To start with, the Dutch
are known to be tall and I was
competing with 6+ feet tall boys of
my group age. They were strong
swimmers with tough qualification
times. Mom and dad said, the usual,
have fun and do your best. But I
believed in myself and I don't get
intimidated with taller and stronger
competitors. I know I can do it and
I will do it. Voila....I did it!
Silver 200m back. I remember that
dad & I were approached by 2 other
coaches from different clubs
inviting me to join them, but my
loyalty remained with my swim club.
The following year, I won 2 medals
and the press interview came out in
2 local newspapers.
Apart from being a Summer
Olympian, what is/are your other
goal/s as a swimmer?
I want to influence and inspire
children or anyone to engage in
sports of their choice. Swimming
taught me discipline, goal setting,
confidence, camaraderie and a lot
more. But what is more important is
having fun in what you do. Swimming
for me is FUN so everything is
effortless even a tough and
challenging training because I enjoy
what I do.
Was there ever a time that you
thought of quitting swimming? Why?
NEVER. To take swimming away from
me, is like taking my life.
Who do you look up to as a
Michael Phelps, the swimmer he had
become. His love and dedication to
Any specific routines before and
during the meet or before a swim?
What are these?
Nothing in particular. The usual,
eat home cooked meal, a nice warm
bath (the soak in the bath is the
most relaxing part of the day
specially after a rigid training),
sleep early and as always, a family
prayer. During the meet, chillax
with my mates and competitors, but
before the race, listen to my coach.
Please share a word of wisdom for
swimmers who wish to be like you.
Don't let go of your dreams. Set
your goals, work hard to achieve it,
and believe in yourself. Be the best
of what you can be.
Message to your supporters (fans)
Fans? I don't have fans? Supporters,
yes. That's my parents, my grandma,
my family, my friends and my mom's
friends. Thank you for your support,
thank you for your prayers, thank
you for your cheers, thank you for
the pat on my shoulder and your
smiles. Thank you for your comments
on my mom's Facebook. Your good
wishes continue to inspire me to do
better. Like what I always hear my
coach say during training.
Josh......you can do better, go!!!