My achievement today comes from 20 years of experience as a semi-pro, International Triathlon Union (ITU) Elite athlete, racing with Team TIME and the Malaysian National Team.
Having started out as a competitive swimmer in my younger days, I only picked up triathlon in 1999, in a day when the sport was still in its infancy in the country. With little resource or guidance then, I learnt the ropes of the sport through trial and error, learning and re-learning, made the mistakes (some serious ones) typical of many athletes to be where I am today.
Today, even with more resources available, I still see athletes making the same mistakes. Hence, through my squad, I hope to share my knowledge to my members, especially beginners, to steer them towards the right direction so that they can enjoy the benefits of being in this sport.
My track record will speak for itself – I have produced athletes that qualified for World Championships, Commonwealth Games, South East Asian (SEA) Games, and also podium winners at CHALLENGE & IRONMAN races, Malaysian National Championships and at numerous local races.
I myself have cut my teeth on this and have achieved the following:
SEA Games 2019 – 6th placing
National Team Selection 2019 – 1st placing
Asia Games 2018 – 23rd placing
IRONMAN 70.3 Malaysia 2017 – 5th AG (10th Overall)
National Championship 2017 – 2nd placing
So join us – my coaches and I will give you the best we can to help you get there. Scroll down for more details of our coaches!
Albert Tan is our resident human performance scientist, fellow coach and fitness trainer with more than 15 years of experience in the field of endurance sports. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science & Masters in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in 2015, both in University of Malaya (UM).
His areas expertise are in Periodization Planning, Laboratory and Field Assessments, Nutritional and Recovery Interventions (for training and racing in different weathers and altitudes, and in jetlag and travel fatigue conditions), Strength and Conditioning for injury prevention and Performance Enhancement.
He has put his knowledge to good use having been in the National Sports Institute of Malaysia (ISN) for 10 years and spent some time as their Head of Exercise Physiology; tasked with developing athletes in the Malaysian aquatic sports, as well as helping endurance athletes in winning medals in the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.
Impressively also, he is a former elite runner himself, with a 10km PR of 33 minutes. Albert will be your squad’s run coach for every Thursday’s night track session. He also works closely with us, applying his knowledge and running lab tests, in optimizing our team’s high performance athletes.
Serena Yang’s track record is indeed an impressive one and what makes up for her petit frame is her huge passion and tremendous determination and perseverance towards the sport.
Awarded twice, the Best Female Swimmer by her home state of Sarawak, she has also represented Malaysia at a few international swimming meets. She has made it into the finals of SUKMA, clocking a blazing 4 minutes and 45 seconds in a 400metres and 1 minute and 02 seconds in a 100m Freestyle races.
Believe it or not, she only started dabbling in triathlon in 2015 – without knowing how to ride a bicycle! After a few broken bones while learning how to ride and a couple more years of intensive training, she has progressed much, winning her first National Championship in 2017 and qualifying for Commonwealth Games 2018.
In 2019, she made it as part of the national time in the SEA Games – achieving this while managing the challenge of becoming a mother in the same year, all the while juggling baby care with racing; not to mention training to get race ready from a 10kg heavier post-pregnancy weight in less than 8 months!
You can certainly look forward to her energy, passion, knowledge and experience in the sport.
Sue Teoh spent her formative years representing the state of Selangor as a competitive swimmer and a synchronized swimmer.
She moved on to triathlons in 2007 and have over 13 years of experience under her belt, competing in both in-road and off-road triathlons. She has represented Malaysia in the sport in major international games such as the Asian Games 2018, SEA Games 2016 and Asian Beach Games 2014. For off-road triathlon, she was the 2018 XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour Champion in her age group.
Sue is fully qualified in the sport – she is a certified International Triathlon Union (ITU) triathlon coach, a personal trainer certified by American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a ReVO2lution and Nike Malaysia running coach. Her specialty is in swim stroke correction for beginners and intermediate swimmers. Sue coaches beginner and intermediate triathletes at our swim sessions.
Skills before Fitness is her mantra in coaching where she believes that building a swimmer’s basic technique is paramount before progressing to building speed. During sessions with her, you will no doubt feel her passion in guiding aspiring new swimmers.
Wen Jun is one of our national athletes at the recent SEA Games in 2019. He is very passionate about the sport and have been training at a very young age. Today, Wen Jun continues to be involved in the sport, while pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering in UTAR.
Like most of our coaches in GoGetter, he is as passionate about the sport as he is with coaching it. Having trained from such a young age, Wen Jun understands the sport’s basics and fundamentals deeply, particularly in swimming. His ability to transfer his knowledge in a clear manner that beginners can understand is what make him a valuable part of our squad.
You will surely benefit under the guidance of this friendly, hardworking and humble young man!
Chee Hui got into competitive swimming at a young age of 7. He has 9 years of training as a competitive swimmer and has since broaden his skillset to include other sports and fitness. He is today a certified fitness instructor as well.
Chee Hui possesses a great understanding of proper swim techniques not only in freestyle but in all four other strokes too. The gentle giant - as he is most often known as among his group students, he is soft spoken, patient, calm and takes an analytical approach to coaching.
He believes that every athlete is unique and thus every athlete needs a unique approach to training. Through observation and analysis, he will be able to optimise your swim strokes; breaking it down systematically for you so you understand better the hows and the whys of a more efficient stroke.
Chee Yong, a.k.a “Kona Boy” was a district-level basketball player before moving on to triathlon in 2016. He is now very active in the sport and you can really see his passion through the level of dedication he puts into his training. This dedication is what got him to qualify for the Ironman World Championship 2018 in Kona, a feat that only a handful of Malaysians have ever achieved before. That year, he was the only Malaysian to qualify and also the youngest Malaysian to have ever qualified.
He joined us early 2018 to focus on his training and getting prepared for Kona. His effort definitely has paid off, managing to beat his personal best by 30 minutes in Kona! After completing Kona, he is now pursuing a Sports Science Degree in TARC and training for his next major race in the upcoming 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in New Zealand.
His dedication and his go-getter, self-started attitude is his key to major improvements and we hope that Chee Yong can inspire you as well. And when you are with us, feel free to benefit from his knowledge and experience to get you to where you need to be in the sport!
Jhan Yong has been participating competitively in triathlons since 2010, despite having to juggle between his training and his full time job as a tax consultant particularly in the last four years.
His persistence in sticking to his training eventually led him to qualifying for the 70.3 Ironman World Championships in South Africa. He went on the same year winning 3rd place at the 70.3 Ironman Langkawi in 2018, with a PB of 4 hours, 47 minutes (4:47) breaking his DREAM of going sub 5 hours in a half ironman race.
In April 2020, Jhan Yong decided to take his passion a step further by focusing on it full time as one of our squad’s coach. From his own experience, he believes that a correct training program, led by an experienced coach is the best way to motivate an athlete to push past his limit to achieve his or her best.