Take 5 with Saiyidah Aisyah

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Singapore’s first Olympic rower shares with us a little about herself.

Besides rowing, what sports are you interested in?

I’m a Singaporean rower but I started off my athletic career playing netball. I used to play soccer and I also did silat competitively. I love running, but am forced to cycle because my coach says it’s a good cross-training activity for rowers, and just learnt how to swim!

What’s your weekly training regime like?

On normal days, I would be rowing every morning except on Thursdays and Sundays. In the afternoons, I would be lifting weights or doing cross-training like running, cycling or working out on the rowing machine. That’s around 12-13 training sessions a week.

However, I dislocated my shoulder recently from a road bike accident and the only cardio I can do now is on the stationary bike. So I sit on the bike for up to two hours, twice a day, six days a week.

Your biggest guilty indulgence?

Soy ice-cream!

Your favourite time of the day?

I love early mornings, before the break of dawn when everything is just serene.

What, or who, has inspired you the most in your sports journey?

My fellow Team Singapore athletes have inspired me in my sports journey. I read about their stories or talk to them. We share about our different challenges, how we overcome them, and there is so much to learn from the athletes in different sports.

What do you want to be doing five years from now?

I’d want to set up a few rowing clubs around the region.

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