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GETTING TO IVF VA'A WORLD SPRINT LONDON 2022
Thank you for being part of my World Sprints journey! With your support, I hope to arrive at the starting blocks in the best shape possible.
I am thrilled to be representing Singapore at the upcoming International Va'a Federation World Sprint Championships held in London, Great Britain this August! The IVF World Championships is widely regarded as the "Olympics of Va'a" and the biggest stage for Va'a athletes around the world vying for honour for their nations. Having qualified as the top paddler over two time trials in Singapore, I will be representing Singapore in both the Elite V1 (single craft va'a) and Elite V6 (6-man team boat) categories. You can visit the the event website (https://www.2022worldsprints.com) for details on the World Championships and the World-class field of paddlers competing this Aug on Dorney Lake, the 2012 London Olympics race site for Canoeing.
My journey began as I transitioned from flatwater canoeing (C1) into ocean paddling (OC1 and V1) a little over 2 years ago and have consistently worked to better my performance in the craft. More information on my paddling journey and bio can be found on the Puakea Team Rider page here: puakeadesigns.com/teamriders
Work ethics, discipline and tenacity form the basis of how I approach every training session, and these values are what I am hoping will eventually help me deliver the best results for Singapore!
WHY YOUR HELP MATTERS
Given that this sport is currently not competed at Major Games (Olympic, Commonwealth, Asian, and SEA Games), the sport is fully self-funded, both training and racing. I am currently training with the Singapore Paddle Club under the accomplished and dedicated Coach Denes Szaszak, and it is our collective aspiration to grow the sport in Singapore and achieve success at the highest level internationally.
On a personal level, it has taken me a weekly schedule of more than 7 water sessions and 5 strength and conditioning sessions over the last 8 months to get to where I am now. This continues to entail 6am mornings, 12pm lunch paddles, and after-work strength and conditioning (or more paddling). The next month will be crucial leading up to the start of the competition on 8 Aug, and I hope to count on your support to help me focus and prepare wholeheartedly for my international debut in London.
Your donations and contributions will go a long way in offsetting the costs of preparation and the race. The projected cost of at least $5,000 includes race fees, airfares, accommodations and transport, racing kit and uniforms, recovery sessions, nutrition, strength and conditioning, travel insurance etc. With your support and kind donations, I will be able to dedicate 100% of my time and energy on trainings and preparing for the race both physically and mentally.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Any donation amount will be greatly appreciated and you can trust it to be put to the best use possible to support my campaign in London. I will also be grateful for you to help spread the word about the sport of Va'a and Outrigger Canoeing, and of course, my story! For those in Singapore, an offline donation via PayNow or PayLah (HP: 96286267) is much preferred and I will update the offline donation amount here on this fundraiser page. Please do indicate your name if you are comfortable as I would love to know where the kind donations are coming from!
To give back to the community supporting me, I would love to hold group paddle clinic sessions for paddler-donors in Singapore regardless of your donation amount. Given the crazy training schedule in the next month, these sessions will be held in September and November after the race. Do drop me a line on my social media (IG: tecklee.kong, FB: Kong Tecklee) or HP and we will work out a date post-race!
And of course, follow me on my social media for updates on my training progress in the lead up to London 2022! I will also be providing regular updates on trainings and milestones here on this page so do keep at watch out for them. A big mahalo to everyone out there supporting the sport and dreams of paddlers around the world!
- Teck Lee Kong
Final Day Rundown and RecapUpdate posted by Teck Lee Kong at 08:56 am
Following the disappointing 2 days of racing in the Open V1 and Open V5 1500m, our team had a day off to refocus on the positives and make a push for the Open V6 500m.In the individual event, it was definitely not the best race I've done. The timing was. . . . .
DAY 2 WRAP UP + DAY 3 RUNDOWNUpdate posted by Teck Lee Kong at 07:19 am
Day 2 Wrap UpHaving made the semis for the Elite Men 1500m sprints, we were determined to improve our timings from the previous day and to take revenge against teams that had beaten us the day before in the heats. And this we did. We improved our timings by nearly. . . . .
DAY 1 WRAP UP + DAY 2 RACE TIMINGSUpdate posted by Teck Lee Kong at 05:12 am
DAY 1 WRAP UP It was a long day of racing for Team SG Elite boys as we participated in both the Elite Men 500m and Elite 1500m races. For the 500m sprints, we progressed past the heats into the repechage but fell short of making it into the semis.. . . . .
Racing Begins!Update posted by Teck Lee Kong at 06:19 am
Hi all! After 2 days of course familiarisation, the racing is about the begin! It's great to finally be here after 9 long months of preparation and I'm soaking in the experience and atmosphere. To see the big names, world champions and legends of the sport all gathered to race. . . . .
Countdown: 31 days! Heartfelt gratitude to all contributors!Update posted by Teck Lee Kong at 10:02 am
Countdown for London 2022 is at 31 days now! Exactly a month away!A sincere thank you to all contributors and for all your kind comments. The outpour of support and backing from everyone - from teammates and canoeists to high school teachers and friends of friends - has truly been. . . . .