She missed out on the South-east Asia (SEA) Games two years ago because she wasn't old enough.
But, after a strong season that saw her smash the women's national 100 metres record at the World Youth Championships in Ukraine in July, Shanti Pereira is looking forward to making her SEA Games bow in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, next month.
The Singapore Sports School (SSP) graduate, now 17 and pursuing a diploma in Sports and Leisure Manage-ment at Republic Polytechnic, said: "It's my first SEA Games, so the main thing I'm looking forward to is more competition to hopefully better my personal bests.
"I'm very happy and excited. I did my best this season when there was the biggest amount of competition, so with older people at the SEA Games and people who are doing crazy timings, it will definitely be a better push."
Shanti, who will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay, was speaking on the sidelines of 100PLUS' send-off for SEA Games athletes from SSP at Velocity @ Novena Square.
Jennifer See, general manager (Beverages Singapore) of Fraser & Neave Foods, hopes the send-off will give the athletes a boost.
She said: "100PLUS has been a sponsor and official hydration partner of SSP since 2012, so it was a good opportunity for us to show our support.
"We hope this will inspire them to outdo themselves at the Games."
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