60 second Q&A with #WAATEAM's JiongHow Lua
Posted on March 17 2017
Anyone who is based in flat and dreadfully humid Singapore but can still race mountainous trails gets a big thumbs up from us!
1. Where do you live and where are you from?
A: I grew up and live in the sunny island of Singapore.
2. Why did you get into trail running?
A: I came from a background of contact sport, and it ended pretty much when I destroyed my ankle. I discovered trail running was a great way to strengthen my dysfunctional foot and build up my confidence again. I enjoyed the solace and moments when I dug deeper to push through tough times as much as the friendship and camaraderie the trail scene has offered.
3. Favourite race so far?
A: HK100. The support from the local community was truly amazing and it really did live up to its name of being more than just a race.
4. Dream race?
A: UTMB and Gobi March. Something so special about those landscapes that makes me dream of doing it someday.
5. Best trail racing result?
A: Nothing that I am proud of, but it was come in first for TVM earlier this year.
6. Best trail memory?
A: Cape to Cape (Naturaliste to Leeuwin) in South Western Australia. It was a privilege to visit and hike segments of the coastal path during recent trips there. Chasing sunsets was all that mattered, and I continue to be mesmerized by it every single day. I hope to attempt a speed traverse there in the future.
7. Advice for beginners?
A: Fortune favours the bold. Start early, work hard and dream big, and never believe anyone who tells you that you cannot do it.
8. Your favourite piece of WAA kit?
A: Ultra carrier shirt. The load it is able to carry allows me to forgo hydration vests altogether. Truly a game changer in the outdoor industry.
9. What it means to you to be part of the #WAATEAM?
A: I consider it an incredible opportunity to join a team of trailblazers who are the best in their own field. These people inspire me every single day with their exploits and achievements, and its great to have everyone pushing each other on to live adventure as a reality. The cameraderie of rocking the same jersey despite coming from diverse backgrounds and different countries is one I truly appreciate. I am also grateful for the generous WAA gear support that keeps us all comfortable in the outdoors.