Commonwealth Games: Swimmer Roanne Ho is one who thrives on a heavy challenge

Swimmer Roanne Ho, 25, found it difficult to return to competitive swimming after her three-year hiatus. In this lookback special on Commonwealth Games 2018 athletes, Ho talks about how she trained at OCBC Aquatic Centre since her return.
Roanne Ho is aiming to be the first South-east Asian to break 31sec in the 50m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games next month.
Roanne Ho is aiming to be the first South-east Asian to break 31sec in the 50m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games next month.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Every competition, like the upcoming Commonwealth Games, inspires athletes to raise the bar higher. Today, The Straits Times profiles the first of six athletes who will be pushing the boundaries on the Gold Coast in Australia. Intense gym work has strengthened Ho, who wants to break her 50m breaststroke record

In the six months since Roanne Ho retained her 50m breaststroke title at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games last year, the 25-year-old has gained 4kg in weight.

"My skinfold (test results, which measure body fat) went down, but my weight went up, so it has to be muscle," said the 1.79m sprinter, who now tips the scales at 75kg.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'One who thrives on a heavy challenge'. Print Edition | Subscribe