When you ask professional athletes how they started their journey with the sport in which they are competing in, most would tell you that it has been their passion since young. However, National Race Walker Edmund Sim has a very candid story to share. Back in 1997, when he was still in secondary school, he was persuaded by this then Physical Education teacher to take part in a walking event for the School Sports Day as Edmund had been too 'lazy to run'. From then on, he never looked back.
Race walking is an endurance sport that dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries and the physical and mental requirements are no less than other running sports. Edmund has come very far to acheive what his current position today having competed and won many International competions and setting a couple of national records along the way. Besides gruelling training schedules to sacrifices of his social life, he shared that it was very tough especially when weathering tough times. From managing other's perception to losing a wild card slot to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, he took baby steps to brave through these tunnels of despair.
This year, Edmund is running for the Relay Majulah and hopes that through the team's collective efforts, they can make a positive difference for the community. An inspirational quote which Edmund would like to share with everyone, "Let your spirit set the pace where only your heart can follow".
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