Which country are you from and how old you are? My name is Khoo Cai Lin. I'm a former National Swimmer from Malaysia and an Olympian. I'm 29 years old. How did you get into swimming? I started swimming when I was 3 years old as my eldest sister had asthma so my second sister and I weren't sent for swimming classes to accompany her. Swimming was my first choice as I hated it. I hate to go for training. But as I started winning when I was around 11 years old, my passion and love for the sports grew as well. What are your favorite events? 400 Free. Which countries/ competitions have you swam in? I've been to a lot of countries for competitions, ranging from SouthEast Asian Games, right up to the Olympics. What is the most challenging part of swimming? Most challenging part would have to be the training. How to be consistent and keep improving in training so that my results will speak for itself during competitions. Any funny stories regarding your swimming career? Nothing exceptionally funny that I can remember actually. Were there times when you felt like giving up? If so, how did you get out of it? Definitely. I was part of my state team for 3 years before I joined the national team for a good 14 years. Doesn't matter what you do, there will definitely be a lot of ups and downs. But when you're down, that's when you have to remind yourself what your goals are and why you started swimming. What I usually do is to draft out what competitions I will be going for in the upcoming year, list down my targets and what I have to do in order to achieve my target. If I feel like I'm hitting rock bottom then it's time for a break. What is the most frustrating stereotype you encounter? Not so much on stereotype but more on discrimination. Like how I'm 'too old' to be swimming or 'why am I swimming when I'm already 25 years old'. That kind of discrimination. Have you ever been criticized for being a female swimmer in the Muslim world? Thankfully no. Malaysia may be a Muslim country but we are also a multi racial country. Hence why non Muslims are not criticize for swimming. Even if I were to be criticize, it wouldn't bother me as this is my goal and my dream and no one will stand in my way to achieve it. Whatever I do is between me and god and people shouldn't judge others. What advice would you give young girls starting swimming? Don't let anyone/anything stand in your way. No one can bring you down except yourself. Be proud of who you are. Be proud being a woman. What are your future goals/ ambitions? After retirement from swimming I started my first job. It has been less than a year since I started but I definitely hope to pick up in the corporate world as fast as possible and see where I go from there. How does it feel to represent your country? The best feeling ever! Standing on the podium and hearing the national anthem play in the stadium is something really priceless. If you could go back in time and give your 12-year-old advice, what would it be? Train harder, study smarter and everything else will fall into place.