Singaporean National Champion Roanne Ho Announces Retirement

Singaporean National Record holder and Asian Games medalist Roanne Ho has announced her retirement from the sport of swimming.

The 26-year-old breaststroking ace said via social media today, “There are many reasons for this decision but to put it simply, I’ve accomplished what I set out for myself. Thus, leaving this sport, I have no regrets. When I made my comeback, all I wanted was a gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games because it was on home ground. Here we are, 4 years later.”

Ho has suffered from several setbacks over the course of her career, including being sick during the end of 2015, jeopardizing her SEA Games qualification that year, to a collapsed lung in 2016 as well as bouts of depression that came to a head right before last year’s Asian Games.

Ho persevered and came away from Jakarta last year with a big-time silver in the ultra-competitive women’s 50m breaststroke event, beating Chinese rival Feng Junyang in the process.

Continued Ho in her announcement, “Swimming has always been a big part of my life, but if you asked me how I wound up to where I am today, I couldn’t tell you. I still remember the days when my parents had to yell at me to not jump into the water before they placed my arm floats on. I remember diving underwater in the kiddie pool, looking for coins during a “treasure hunt”. I remember learning to do a dive from the side of the pool because the blocks were too high and scary. All these and all of a sudden, I’m on the podium, looking at my country’s flag being raised.”

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People used to ask me how I did it. If it was difficult, why did I choose to keep going. Waking up at 430am was never easy & it never got easier. Neither was jumping into a cold pool an hour later while the rest of your family was still sound asleep. Holding on was tough, this I'll admit. But letting go is not any easier. ▪️ There are many reasons for this decision but to put it simply, I've accomplished what I set out for myself. Thus, leaving this sport, I have no regrets. When I made my comeback, all I wanted was a gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games because it was on home ground. Here we are, 4 years later. ▪️ Since then till now, I've had many other victories. Not in the sense of medals or records, but learning more about myself, not just as an athlete, but also as a person. I've shed many tears, but I remember the ones due to laughing too hard more than the ones from disappointment. ▪️ Swimming has always been a big part of my life, but if you asked me how I wound up to where I am today, I couldn't tell you. I still remember the days when my parents had to yell at me to not jump into the water before they placed my arm floats on. I remember diving underwater in the kiddie pool, looking for coins during a "treasure hunt". I remember learning to do a dive from the side of the pool because the blocks were too high and scary. All these and all of a sudden, I'm on the podium, looking at my country's flag being raised. ▪️ The days were long but the years were not. I am fully appreciative of the opportunities I was given to have experiences that money can't buy. However, it's time to close this chapter. Who knows? Maybe I'll come back in 3 years (😉🤭) But for now, a new adventure awaits… ▪️ 📸: 2018 Asian Games, the absolute highlight of my swim career.

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Loretta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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