Kampton Kam (Victoria JC, high jump)

Mind over matter for Kampton Kam

Kampton Kam, 17, earned The Straits Times' Young Star award with his efforts at both the National School Games and Asean Schools Games. This season, he has raised his personal best height from 1.96m to 2.10m.
Kampton Kam, 17, earned The Straits Times' Young Star award with his efforts at both the National School Games and Asean Schools Games. This season, he has raised his personal best height from 1.96m to 2.10m.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

High jumper perseveres through injury and illness to set national junior marks this year

Kampton Kam has experienced numerous highs and lows throughout his fledgling career as a high jumper, but it is this year's roller coaster of emotions which the 17-year-old feels has most contributed to his growth as an athlete.

In a year where he jumped higher than he ever had and qualified for the Youth Olympic Games, he also struggled with injury. Of his seven competitions this year, he participated in four of them while injured.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2018, with the headline 'Mind over matter for Kam'. Print Edition | Subscribe