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A coach's dilemma

The New Paper | Lim Say Heng | Monday, Apr 28, 2014

David Yeo (pictured here), who has a son with national women’s pole vault champion Rachel Yang, has high hopes for Sean Lim and Chan Sheng Yao.

His goal is to guide a Singapore pole vaulter at the Olympic Games.

In Sean Lim and Chan Sheng Yao, David Yeo believes he has two athletes who have the potential to represent the country at the Olympics.

But the 40-year-old coach's dream may have to be sacrificed due to the harsh realities of life.

The former gymnast is at a crossroads because of his financial situation and is contemplating giving up coaching.

"It is financially very challenging now... I am nearing the end of my savings," said Yeo, whose coaching gig with Hwa Chong Institution does not fully cover his monthly expenses.

He has had three jobs in the past three years and they all have been on a part-time basis for him to be able to continue coaching.

He resisted all three employers who wanted him to give up coaching and focus on administration.

Yeo left his last job at the start of the year and has been surviving on the money from coaching at Hwa Chong.

He is married to national women's pole vault champion Rachel Yang, whom he also coaches.

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