Meet CLEO Hot Shot 2018: Colleen Augustin

COLLEEN AUGUSTIN, 20, ocr and mma athlete

Striped sweater, Uniqlo; oversized blazer, Kittie Yiyi; skirt and sneakers, Colleen’s own.

Colleen Augustin grew up doing multiple sports for as long as she could remember, having been raised by family members who make it a point to train together—her parents have always encouraged her to be active. After joining Monarchy MMA Gym and running her first Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) challenge when she was 16 years old, Colleen (who’s also a vegan) has taken on the challenge to push herself further in the sports industry as a full-time OCR athlete and an amateur MMA fighter.

What’s your own personal mantra?

“It’s not over until you cross the finish line.” It reminds me to keep fighting or pushing myself to be better every time.

Can you tell us any habits you have that set up success every day?

I pack my own food every day, I don’t go out late nights, and I stay away from alcohol and partying at clubs. It’s because I want to wake at 6AM every morning to train, and have a healthy lifestyle, body and mind to keep my day going. I listen to my coaches during training and rest sufficiently every night.

Who would be the ultimate training partner?

Faye Stenning, one of the top Obstacle Course Race (OCR) athletes in the world. I spoke to her once and it was the best five minutes of my life. It would be amazing to learn the techniques she uses, what drives and motivates her. I’m all about taking up new challenges and if I were to train with Faye Stenning, catching up with her speed would make me really proud.

What is the best and worst decision you’ve made?

I’m not big on regrets because they’ve made me who I am today, but the best decision is joining Monarchy MMA Gym and running my first OCR challenge when I was 16. I was considered the youngest OCR racer at that time, but it proved that age is just a number, and I have the ability to do anything I want.

Your definition of “pushing the envelope”?

To me, it means to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to be better every day. Sometimes, I set daily challenges. It could be completing a 20km run within a time frame or I would challenge myself to only use my legs during my Muay Thai training.

“You might not achieve your goal the first round but determination and repetition is key. Never give up, be open to question people in the course on your mistakes and always use the space as your playground, to learn.”

— Colleen on how to encourage more women to join the industry.

Fame or success? Why?

Success, because success is not measurable in only one aspect of one’s life. Success can be anything and I even believe if your goal is to be happy and you are, then you have succeeded in your goal. I choose success because I want to succeed all my goals as an athlete.

What is the worst setback you’ve faced in your career and how did you overcome it?

It would be right now, because my recent injury has hindered my performance. To be honest, I am currently overcoming it and I’m taking it day by day. I try to be patient, but it is a struggle for me. There is a lot of self-doubt that occurs.

Who or what empowers you in life? Give us an example

My family, teammates and coaches are the ones who empower me. My family would always be there for every match. My brother would attend the race with me to cheer me on. My coach would stand by the corner of the ring to instruct me on next moves, to motivate me and ice me when I’m on break. Winning also empowers me, having the medal hung around my neck, being able to stand on the podium gives me the thrill to train harder for the next round.

How do you want to be remembered as? Why?

I want to be remembered as someone who was able to inspire other people to make good choices and to go out of their comfort zone and to challenge themselves to be better. Because I want to have a positive influence in a world where negativity surrounds us.

Special thanks to Alila Bangsar for venue assistance during the whole production.
Official sponsors: Wet n Wild Malaysia and Sasa Malaysia.