Sprinter Shereen is a name that no longer needs an introduction when it comes to Women’s Track and Field.
The 25-year-old sprinter became the first Malaysian woman in 24 years to win the coveted title in Women's Track and Field at the SEA Games 2023.

Indeed, it is worth mentioning that the last time a Malaysian woman won this title was back in 1999 when N Manimagalay achieved the feat in the SEA Games held in Brunei. Shereen's success after such a long gap further emphasizes the significance of her victory and the impact she has made in Malaysian athletics.

Wondering how she shines as bright as a diamond in the field of track?

Her parents Josephine Mary (Mom) and Samson Vallabouy (Dad) play a major role in this. They have made their mark in the world of athletics, representing Malaysia and bringing glory to their country in the Sea Games.

Josephine Mary (56) has had a remarkable career in the Sea Games. She has earned a total of six gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal in the 400m, 800m, and 4x400m events. Her achievements span six Sea Games, from 1983 to 1993.

Samson Vallabouy, on the other hand, had a notable performance in the Sea Games as well. In the 1989 Kuala Lumpur edition, he won gold medals in both the 800m and 4x400m events. His time of 1:48.29s in the 800m, which he set in 1989, remains a national record to this day. Samson successfully defended his 800m crown in the 1991 Manila Sea Games.

Shereen's victory at SEA Games 2023, highlights her exceptional talent and dedication to her sport. Being only 25 years old, she has already established herself as a prominent figure in sprinting. Her accomplishment not only brings pride to herself - but also to Malaysia, as she joins the ranks of talented athletes who have made their mark in the SEA Games.

Being emerged as the first Malaysian female athlete to dip under the 54-second (s) mark in the 400m indoor race when she clocked 53.79s in Kansas, thus not only improving on her personal best of 54.94s but also smashing the 16-year-old record of 54.58s held by Noraseela Mohd Khalid.

It's clear that athletic talent runs in the family, and their achievements in the Sea Games have contributed to the sporting legacy of Malaysia.

Image Credit / Source : NST , Panthers Atheletic Club