Meet Camille Cheng, Hong Kong’s very own Olympian! Competitively swimming since the age of nine and first placing in the 2014 Asian Games, competition is no stranger to her. From Hong Kong to Rio, stuffed toys to medals, we sit down with Camille to hear about her journey, the secret behind staying motivated, the importance of mental resilience and more...
Hi! My name is Camille Cheng and I’m a Hong Kong Olympic swimmer. I’m currently training for the Tokyo Olympic Games with hopes to represent Hong Kong at my second Olympics. I studied psychology during undergrad and obtained my Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology. I’m also pursuing an online graduate certificate in sports and performance psychology. I see mental training to be just as important as physical training, and hope to contribute to a holistic approach to sport in Asia. I’m passionate about sharing my journey and experience with others. I want to inspire people to their own goals.
As with many athletes, I’ve faced several ups and downs during my athletic career. I think one of the biggest lows was after the Rio Olympics. I had wanted to take a break as I was physically and emotionally exhausted. Although I had just come off an incredibly special time in Rio, I was left a bit disoriented. I worked so hard for this Olympic dream and afterwards, I couldn’t help but feel ‘now what?’. I went from intense structure and routine, working towards a clear goal, to the complete opposite. It was during this time that I felt like I had unfinished business. I felt like while physically I was in top shape, I was still not as mentally fit. Once I had this realisation, I decided to go for another Olympics with a renewed perspective and different goals.
I have a good luck stuffed animal… and I take it everywhere!
Keeping motivation at such an elite level is something that I believe requires a strong sense of self-awareness. I think it’s important for an athlete to know and understand what motivates them, and what helps them stay motivated as this can be highly individualised. The hardest part of COVID restrictions has been the lack of competitions. Without the competitions, it’s been hard to stay motivated as I’ve sometimes felt that I’m training for nothing. It’s forced me to come up with new goals (some unrelated to swimming) and to be more creative with my training. I’ve started doing more yoga, boxing and running!
Know your why. As long as you know it, I believe you can overcome all hardships and obstacles. It’s a bit of a cliche but, a coach once said, ‘nothing worth having comes easy’. It’s stuck with me.
Because I didn't pick a traditional career, it definitely took more financial planning to support my journey as an athlete. I've actually been doing spending reports since I was in high school! It’s so important to develop a positive relationship with your finances. That’s the only way I’ve been able to budget for what I need.
I’m looking forward to the next chapter! Once my swimming career is over, I know there will be many things I will miss from swimming, but I’m confident that the tools I've gained from my athletic career will carry into whatever I choose to do next.
Growing up, I believed money was…
the key to independence.
Now, I view money as…
still a means of independence. It’s a fundamental part of life!
To me, financial empowerment means…
having the freedom to create the life you want.
What’s your favourite Mox feature and how does it fit into your daily life?
The ‘Goal’ feature because, as a goal-oriented person, it helps me stay accountable for what I'm working towards. I like it because it’s also a visual reminder to track my progress.
We've invited Olympic swimmer, Camille Cheng, to lead a virtual ‘Sweat It Out’ Mox Masterclass - a unique chance to experience an Olympian workout routine!
Join us on 15 Feb (11am - 12 noon) as Camille takes us through her favourite full-body circuit workout (on the ground, not in the water this time!). You’ll also have the chance to be part of a 10-minute Q&A session with Camille herself. Ask her about fitness tips, her journey and more!
Taking place right during the Chinese New Year holidays, this is a great way to stay active and keep that energy flowing.
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