Where Dreams Begin
When swimmer Clement Lim and synchronised swimmer Stephanie Chen entered Singapore Sports School, they had dreams of becoming champions.
They believed that the School could help them achieve their sporting potential so that they can bring sporting glory to Singapore. They also wanted to study in an environment which allows them to balance sport with studies, and develop them into Learned Champions With Character.
Clement and Stephanie have since graduated and moved on to become multiple medallists at the Southeast Asian Games, competitors at the FINA World Championships and Clement is currently fighting for a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The story of how Singapore Sports School helped them live their dreams was related to about 1,800 Primary 6 pupils and their parents at Open House 2012. The turnout on 31 March 2012 saw the largest number of visitors attending, with the exception of the first Open House in 2003.
The visitors were already impressed by what they saw at the academic showcase and the tours to the Performance Enhancement Institute, Boarding House and Champions' Heritage Centre. They were also wowed by the school dressing for Open House 2012, which highlighted outstanding academic and sporting achievements as well as student-athletes and alumni who have gone on to become champions in sport and studies.
But it was the story of how the School nurtured Clement and Stephanie into champions that really captivated them, especially the Primary 6 pupils. They listened intently to the story they thought about their own dreams and how the School can help them achieve it. When it was time for the sports selection trials, their eagerness was evidential as they went all out to win that coveted spot at Singapore Sports School. For the select few, this is where their dreams begin.