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Having The Right Tools To Succeed

Graduation 2014

Posted: 3 October 2014

Singapore Sports School student-athletes have an advantage because they have the tools to succeed – pace, discipline and perseverance. 

“Armed with pace, discipline and perseverance, you have tools at your disposal that many people lack and that gives you a significant advantage over them. You just have to step up and use them. The same way you step up to the starting block, or the pitch, or the plate,” said Mr Mirza Mohamed Namazie, Singapore Sports School Board Member, in his speech at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony on 2 October 2014.

“Some of you will go on to break records and win medals. Some of you will go on to graduate from top-ranked universities. A few of you will do both. I want you to remember that these are not the lucky few; these are the few who use the tools available to them to excel in everything they do to reap the rewards. You can probably be just like them.”

Mr Mirza, a middle- to long-distance runner, revealed that he was distracted by university life and work, and that his commitment to sport dropped. While he was a Southeast Asian Games silver and bronze medallist, he did not try to qualify for the Olympic Games, which he said, is his biggest regret.

Hence, his advice to the student-athletes: In addition to setting targets, keep sight of the targets, and persevere to achieve them.

“Pace, perseverance and discipline will take you further than you can believe. You just have to want it badly enough. If you really want it, it will all fall into place,” said Mr Mirza.

This year’s 112 graduating student-athletes include several who have made their marks in the local and international sport scenes.

Kugapriya d/o Chandran was a member of the women’s 4x100m relay team that competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Bryce Chong Sheng Cher (Triathlon), Nur Izlyn Zaini (Track and Field) and Yee Herng Hwee (Table Tennis) competed at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Diver Fong Kay Yian and fencer Nichole Mae Wong Hui Shan have just returned from the Incheon 2014 Asian Games.

Kugapriya, Herng Hwee and bowler Darren Ong Wei Siong were also named Best Boy/Girl in their respective sports at the 44th Singapore School Sports Council Colours Award presentation. This is the third year in a row that Darren has been presented this Award. Kay Yian received Special Colours Award in diving.

Click here for Principal Tan Teck Hock’s speech.
Click here for GOH Mirza Mohamed Namazie's speech.