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Twin Desires – To Excel In Sport And Studies
Post-Secondary Midstream Admission
By Joel Tan
The desire to compete in two major Games in 2018 and start the journey to secure a place in university led Poh Yu Hao to Singapore Sports School.
In January, the 17-year-old joined the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Year 5 class. Next month, he could go to Gold Coast to compete at the Commonwealth Games – if he gets the green light from Singapore National Olympic Council.
Yu Hao is one of four present and past student-athletes from the Shooting Academy who has qualified for the Commonwealth Games and he will be competing in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event. Air Pistol Coach Nigel Lim has also qualified.
“At a major Games, all athletes compete to win and I’ll be focusing on a medal in Australia,” said Yu Hao.
“I opted for the Extended IBDP, which means I can compete at the Commonwealth Games with peace of mind although I’ll be away from the classroom for about two weeks.”
Yu Hao said he came to Sports School because he’s serious about excelling in his sport and studies.
“I can’t let go of either. Both are important to me. I want to compete at a high level and also make it to university.”
Yu Hao is ranked No. 2 in his event among Team Singapore 10m Air Pistol shooters.
“I want to earn my spot for the Asian Games as well, so doing well at the Commonwealth Games is definitely a must.”
Leading up to the Commonwealth Games, Yu Hao competed in the Haendler & Natermann Cup in Munich, Germany, in January, where he finished the competition with a bronze medal against top shooters from around the world.