A-level results: Athletes do well despite juggling studies and training

National squash player Sneha Sivakumar and high jumper Kampton Kam, both 18, were among a batch of national athletes who had to juggle studies and training for a major competition - the SEA Games in the Philippines - during a crucial exam year. Ms Sn
National squash player Sneha Sivakumar and high jumper Kampton Kam (above), both 18, were among a batch of national athletes who had to juggle studies and training for a major competition - the SEA Games in the Philippines - during a crucial exam year. Ms Sneha scored five As and a B in her GCE A levels, while Mr Kam scored straight As.PHOTO: JAMIE KOH, VICTORIA JUNIOR COLLEGE
National squash player Sneha Sivakumar and high jumper Kampton Kam, both 18, were among a batch of national athletes who had to juggle studies and training for a major competition - the SEA Games in the Philippines - during a crucial exam year. Ms Sn
National squash player Sneha Sivakumar (above) and high jumper Kampton Kam, both 18, were among a batch of national athletes who had to juggle studies and training for a major competition - the SEA Games in the Philippines - during a crucial exam year. Ms Sneha scored five As and a B in her GCE A levels, while Mr Kam scored straight As.PHOTO: JAMIE KOH, VICTORIA JUNIOR COLLEGE

National squash player Sneha Sivakumar had an unusual soundtrack for her workout sessions last year, as the 18-year-old would recite biology concepts or economics essay answers while doing squats and planks at home.

She made these adjustments to her training regimen in a stressful year which saw her sitting her GCE A-level exams and preparing for the Nov 30 to Dec 11 SEA Games in the Philippines last year. She also reduced her training sessions from 12 to four times a week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2020, with the headline 'Athletes do well despite juggling studies and training'. Print Edition | Subscribe