“Great rowers are physiological freaks; but, that quality is minimal compared to their psyche and to their ability to essentially experience pain – and experience discomfort – and yet be able to do the work knowing that it’s going to continue.”
— Fritz Hagerman, Sports Physiologist
“We go backwards so that when we are leading the pack, we can see the rest suffer.”
Aisyah started rowing in 2004 when she was talent-scouted by ex-national rower at an indoor rowing competition held in school. With only 1 month in the boat, she won her first medal with her first Doubles partner, Ong Shuying. In 2007, she was partnered up with Silver medalist at SEA Games 2005, Elsie Lim, for a Doubles event. After winning her first Bronze medal at the 2007 SEA Games, Aisyah took a break from Rowing because of a major injury and also because she thought that Rowing “had no future”.
Not surprisingly, she picked up Rowing again in 2010 and within a few months of getting back on the boat, she won her first medal in an Asian regatta. Aisyah was later put together with Youth Olympic Games rower, Joanna Chan, where they rowed in a Pair and won a Bronze in the 2011 SEA Games.
Currently, Aisyah is rowing in a single scull in the lightweight category. Whether in a crew boat or alone, Rowing has played a big part in Aisyah’s life and she hopes that one day, she is able to give back to the sport by making it one of the most successful sports in Singapore.
Aisyah has been training under the belt of different coaches. Every coach, whether they trained her for a month, or for a year, has shaped Aisyah to the rower she is today- determined and disciplined. She would like to commend these inspiring people for the time they have spent for her, and most importantly, for believing in her:
2005-2007: Raihan Bin Omar (Singapore) & Nicholae Vulpe (Romania)
2007: G.P. Horan (New Zealand)
2010: Sasa Mimic (Serbia) & James Wood (UK)
2011: Martijn Versteeg (Netherlands) & John Holland (Ireland)
2012-present: Goken Sakamoto (Japan) & Alan Bennett (Australia)
2015: Aflie Young (Australia) & Alan Bennett
Aisyah is also grateful to the Singapore Rowing Association and the Singapore Sports Institute for their continuous support in helping her to achieve great heights in the sport.
Another group of amazing individuals who have helped her in this journey is these generous people who have contributed in various ways:
There is a saying that goes, “success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed”. Aisyah has faced plenty of challenges in her life, most of them leading up to a major race. But with every obstacle she faced, it made her emerge stronger and better.
When you want something,
all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.