Quah Ting Wen: Navigating new waters

Quah Ting Wen is the first Singaporean to compete in the International Swimming League which starts this weekend. Today, she files the first of four weekly dispatches from Budapest on her experience.

Singapore's Quah Ting Wen, 28, catching up with a familiar face in American Linnea Kathryn, 24 at Duna Arena. The former UCLA swimmers will represent DC Trident in the second season of the ISL.
Singapore's Quah Ting Wen, 28, catching up with a familiar face in American Linnea Kathryn, 24 at Duna Arena. The former UCLA swimmers will represent DC Trident in the second season of the ISL.PHOTO COURTESY OF QUAH TING WEN

I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel abroad, to visit and experience various countries and cultures throughout the years, be it for holidays, swimming or school.

Travelling with the Singapore national team is easy. We are always led around by team managers and coaches. I am so well taken care of that I could close my eyes and not get lost. Travelling to Hungary for the International Swimming League (ISL) was a whole different experience.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2020, with the headline 'Navigating new waters'. Print Edition | Subscribe