Darren Chua (centre) with his 50-metre Butterfly gold medal
Swimming Towards Victory
by Kavitha Sundralingam
When Veterinary Technology student Darren Chua starting swimming, he only had one thing on his mind—to make it into the Olympics. He continues to hold on to that aspiration after clinching a Gold medal in the (Men’s team) 50-metre Butterfly at the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) Swimming Championship 2018.
“It was spectacular winning the gold medal for TP as I wasn’t expecting myself to break the IVP record,” Darren said.
Darren, together with the Temasek Polytechnic Men’s Swimming Team, won the Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) Swimming Championship 2018, competing with 11 other teams from the universities and polytechnics. The team won 2 Golds (4x100m Freestyle Relay and 4x100 Medley Relay), 1 Silver (4x50m Medley Relay) and 1 Bronze (4x50m Freestyle Relay).
Winning is a proud moment for both TP and the team, but the real grit comes from the hours of hard work and sacrifice put into preparation for these competitions.
“My training is scheduled 10 times a week, twice a day in the morning from 5.30am to 7.30am and in the afternoon from 4.30pm to 7pm.” Darren said.
It is no easy feat for him to strike a balance during competition season and exam seasons, especially being disciplined on allocating time for swimming and studies. Furthermore, Darren is a huge fan of animals and he yearns to become a zoologist upon his graduation.
He is grateful to his TP team for guiding him throughout various aspects of his sport and academic life. A huge shout-out goes to Darren’s educators, especially Dr. Jomer, Dr. Khin Mar Mar and Darren Tan for being a great support system.
“To be able to do what you love gives you the motivation to do it every day and there’s always something to look forward to when you’ve got the right people to guide you,” Darren said.