Step On To ‘Champions Path’
About 1,000 Primary 6 pupils attended Open House on 29 March 2014 with the hope of becoming Singapore Sports School student-athletes in the 2015 academic year. They caught a glimpse of not just the School’s world-class facilities but also met sport talents and learned more about the structures the School has in place to support the development of its student-athletes.
In his address to a capacity crowd, Principal Tan Teck Hock touched on these various support avenues, such as local and overseas competition exposure opportunities, specialised sport science support, athlete career and training services, and flexible academic timetables. To prospective student-athletes and their parents, Mr Tan’s message was clear – Singapore Sports School has sport friendly pathways for talented student-athletes.
As visitors toured the various showcases, they found out more about these support structures. Academic staff explained the different sport friendly pathways which the School offers and shared some success stories of Sports School student-athletes and alumni at the Academic Showcase.
The Performance Enhancement Institute gave visitors a sneak-peek at how sport science and technology is used to maximise the potential of each student-athlete and support a long-term athlete development model.
Boarding staff and student ambassadors were on hand to give visitors the “Boarding Xperience”, where they toured the student-athletes’ rooms at Olympus Lodge. Visitors even had the opportunity to taste the same lunch that our student-athletes eat at the School Dining Hall.
Visitors also got to see student-athletes from the Badminton, Swimming and Table Tennis Academies, along with the SportSmart Skills team, in action at the various sport showcases for a taste of what to expect if they were successful in their application to the School.
While the various showcases provided useful information for the prospective parents and Primary 6 pupils, it was the sports selection trials that got everyone excited. The Primary 6 pupils were eager to impress as they were put them through the paces by the coaches and watched closely by the General Managers and representatives from the respective National Sports Associations. Sports School student-athletes were on also on hand to guide them in doing proper warm-up and cool down exercises and were very encouraging of their juniors during the trials.
At the end of the day, as they walked along the aptly-named “Champions Path” on their way out, some had already taken their first steps to becoming Learned Champions With Character at Singapore Sports School.