Universiti Malaysia Sabah Youth & Sports Official | Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 Top 4 | National Fencer SEA Games 2015
"I would drive 3-4 hours back home to my kampung every day from Kota Kinabalu so that I could train for my international fencing tournaments. I needed to go back and help my mum as she was running her small food business alone."
Kadasan-Dusun lass Laura Simon knows what hard work & commitment is, she is also a Sports Science graduate and personal trainer. Laura represented Malaysia in fencing at the SEA Games in Jakarta (2011) and Singapore (2016). She is also the 3rd runner up for 2016/2017 Miss Universe Malaysia!
We speak to Laura to get to know her a bit better, and got some photos in the beautiful town of Kota Kinabalu by the beach and also in the lush trails near town! Laura is an avid runner, a personal trainer and inspires everyone around her to lead an active lifestyle through her work and interests!
Q: When did u start fencing?
A: I started fencing at the age of 12, it was introduced by National Sports Council also known as Majlis Sukan Negara during a talent identification program in Sabah.
Q: What are your top fencing achievements?
A: In 2015, I represented our country, Malaysia at the World Championships in Brazil. Prior to that, I also represented in SEA Games Jakarta 2011 and the SEA Games 2016 held in Singapore.
Q: How have you made sports a part of your life?
A: I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Sports Science in 2015 and am currently working as an assistant youth and sports official at University Malaysia Sabah.
Q: What does your weekly workout routine look like?
A: I try to alternate my activities between road running, road cycling and CrossFit - depending on the weather at that point. At least four (4) times a week, I will run with a bunch of Kota Kinabalu long distance runners and I will cycle with Team Dawn Riders and do Crossfit with the PX5 family.
Q: What fitness goals do you have?
A: I broke my 10km running PB twice this year and at the moment I am targeting to participate the Putrajaya Powerman (run/bike/run) in March 2018 in the sprint category. It will be my first multi-sport event and I am so excited!
Q: What aspects of your Kadazan-Dusun-Chinese culture & traditions would you like people to know about?
A: Kadazan-Dusun is the biggest ethnic in Sabah. We have our own tradition which is unique compared to others. Our ancestors were well known as the head hunters. Of course, we are proud of our Kaamatan Festival.
Q: What are some fun facts about yourself you'd like us to know? 🙂
A: I have a twin brother, who is responsible for me being a bit of a tomboy and I grew up in a kampung (means village in Malay).
Q: How did you get into beauty pageants? Which ones have you participated in?
A: I was encouraged aka forced by my family and best friends to join because they knew I could do it. The first beauty pageant I took part in was the 2010 Sabah Model Of The Year (SMOTY). I won 2nd Runner Up.
Q: Tell us about your parents - how did they encourage you in your sports?
A: My parents own a kampung restaurant and my family earn a living out of it. Studies always come first but they will always encourage me to pursue the things that I love.