Currently a senior physiotherapist in NUH, Jolene’s coaching journey in Rhythmic Gymnastics goes way back since 2010. She started out as a pioneer member of the Singapore National Team between 2004-2008, ranking top 3 in Singapore amongst her seniors and peers. Jolene then stepped up as a coach when the opportunity arose. Fuelled with passion and determination for the gymnasts under her care, she led RGS (her alma mater) and CHIJ Toa Payoh (Sec) to clinch the top 3 positions in the National School Games (2011 and 2012), clinching all individual apparatus and all-around titles available for both B and C Divisions. She also coached the Junior and Senior National Teams of Singapore, including the Gold medallists of the 2015 SEA Games Group. Jolene was also appointed by Singapore Gymnastics to develop and conduct the first RG NCAP Level 2 Coaching course, alongside 1987 World All-Around Champion from Bulgaria, Bianka Panova.
The pursuit in Physiotherapy had led Jolene to take a step back in the RG scene. Nevertheless, she is one of the prominent figures in the early development of the sport, whereby peers and colleagues can rely on whenever assistance is required. Her love for gymnastics motivated her to step into a leotard once again to represent Singapore in the 2019 AGG World Championships at the age of 27 as the oldest gymnast in the team.
What inspired and motivated her was the burning passion and drive of her late coach, who prioritized the growth of the sport above her own health while she battled a terminal illness. With a keen eye for perfection, Jolene hopes to develop fine gymnasts through diligence, resilience, and intelligence, whereby quality exceeds quantity. When it is time for training, train hard; when it is time for rest, play hard. Results do not matter as long as you have put in your best effort.