Written for children aged 3 - 7, the story was inspired by Shanti's historic gold medal win at the 28th Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore in 2015.
The story follows her journey from a young girl leading up to the day of the 200m race where she not only ended a 42 - year gold medal drought for sprint events in Athletics, but also became a role model to many young athletes in the sport.
As a family, we wanted to find a way to remember that moment forever, and it seemed fitting to do it in the form of a children’s book because of our children and to inspire our next generation of sporting heroes.
Shanti Pereira is a Singapore National Athlete and six time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games medalist. She began sprinting at the age of 9 and hasn’t stopped since. Shanti specialises in the 100m and 200m and was the first female Singaporean to run the 100m in under 12 seconds. She currently holds the National Records for both the 100m and 200m events.
When she’s not training, Shanti can be found in the library studying (because she’s still a student too), shopping for the latest make up trends or at the beach with a good book in hand.
“And in the end, I can truly say, it was all worth it” - Shanti
a.k.a the Sisters
Shobi is a pre-school principal and mom to a beautiful and expressive little girl. Affectionately known to her students as "Ms Didi", she has been in Early Childhood for 16 years and her lessons are always vibrant and full of heart.
Valerie was an athlete for 15 years and a former national athlete. Though the only running she does now is chasing after her four year old son and one year old daughter, athletics will always remain a big part of her life.
"Our little ones love books, and we hope that they will be excited to read about their Masi (Aunty) Shanti, and dream big!"