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Track And Field

OVERVIEW

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Singapore Sports School’s Track and Field Academy strives to create a premier environment for excellence in youth-athlete development where student-athletes can benefit from world-class facilities and coaching accompanied by ample competition opportunities.

The Academy develops training programmes based on Long-Term Athlete Development model to support each student-athlete. The LTAD model provides broad-based training to maximise the sporting potential of the student-athlete by avoiding early specialisation. This is achieved through focusing on training via the multi-events programme when they enter the Sports School in Secondary 1. The multi-event training approach enables student-athletes to achieve highest technical level upon maturity and helps to reduce the risk of burnout and injuries.

Track and Field Academy student-athletes had the opportunity to hone their skills from the numerous overseas training camps and competition opportunities arranged by the Academy. In addition, Sports School coaches raised their competencies through attending coaching conferences and courses overseas and locally.


Admissions
Interested applicants may find out more about admission into the Track and Field Academy at our Open House or at:

ACHIEVEMENTS

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES


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Calvin Kang Li Loong is the only Singapore athlete to have competed at four major competitions – Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games and 2007 Southeast Asian Games, all before he turned 20.







Our Track and Field Academy has produced 18 national representatives for Singapore Athletics.

2018 Year of Induction Ismi Zakiah Kashful Anwar

2015 Year of Induction Dylan Wong U Fai 

2014 Year of Induction Habibah Najihahbi Ahmad, Kugapriya d/o Chandran

2013 Year of Induction Eugenia Tan Yan Ning, Loh Guo Pei, Muhammad Naqib Asmin, Tyra Summer Ree

2012 Year of Induction Veronica Shanti Pereira 

2011 Year of Induction Wendy Enn

2010 Year of Induction Dipna Lim-Prasad, T Piriyah

2009 Year of Induction Matthew Goh Yujie

2007 Year of Induction Balpreet Kaur Purba, Calvin Kang Li Loong, Muhammad Yusof Azhari, Stefan Tseng Ke Chen, Valerie Seema Pereira

MAJOR GAMES REPRESENTATION


2015 – 28th Southeast Asian Games (Singapore): Calvin Kang Li Loong (Silver Medal – Men's 4x100m Relay; National Record), Dipna Lim Prasad (Silver Medal – Women's 400m Hurdles; National Records – Women's 400m Hurdles, Women's 4x100m Relay, Women's 4x400m Relay), Dylan Wong U Fai, Eugenia Tan Yan Ning (National Record – Women's Long Jump), Kugapriya d/o Chandran, Lynette Goh Hui Yu, Muhammad Naqib Asmin, Nur Izlyn Zaini, Nuruljannah Mohamed Zulkifli, Stefan Tseng Ke Chen, T Piriyah (National Record – Women's 4x400m Relay), Veronica Shanti Pereira (Gold Medal – Women's 200m; Bronze Medal – Women's 100m; National Records – Women's 200m, Women's 4x100m Relay, Women's 4x400m Relay), Wendy Enn (National Record – Women's 4x100m Relay)

2014 – 17th Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea): Calvin Kang Li Loong , Dipna Lim Prasad , Muhammad Naqib Asmin , T Piriyah , Tyra Summer Ree , Veronica Shanti Pereira , Wendy Enn

2014 – 20th Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland): Calvin Kang Li Loong , Eugenia Tan Yan Ning , Habibah Najihahbi Ahmad , Kugapriya d/o Chandran , Muhammad Naqib Asmin , Tyra Summer Ree , Veronica Shanti Pereira , Wendy Enn

2014 – IAAF World Junior Championships (Eugene, Oregon, USA): Veronica Shanti Pereira

2014 – 2nd Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing, China): Nur Izlyn Zaini

2013 – 27th Southeast Asian Games (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar): Calvin Kang Li Loong (Silver Medal – Men's 4 x 100m Relay), Dipna Lim Prasad (Bronze Medal and National Record – Women’s 400m Hurdles), Veronica Shanti Pereira (National Record – Women’s 200m), Loh Guo Pei , Muhammad Naqib Asmin , T Piriyah , Tyra Summer Ree , Wendy Enn

2013 – IAAF World Youth Championships (Donetsk, Ukraine): Veronica Shanti Pereira  (National Record – Women’s 100m, 11.89s)

2013 – 2nd Asian Youth Games (Nanjing, China): Raja Afiqah Qistina Mohamad Aris , Gary Wee Wei Zong , Jay Choo Zhan Xian , Keith Yong Sheng Wei , Kerstin Ong Jing Rong , Kugapriya d/o Chandran , Muhammad Adnan Hakim , Muhammad Afiq Hasan , Muhammad Syazani Abdul Wahid , Nur Izlyn Zaini

2012 – 30th Olympic Games (London, United Kingdom): Dipna Lim Prasad

2011 – 26th Southeast Asian Games (Jakarta, Indonesia): Calvin Kang Li Loong (Silver Medal – Men's 4x100m Relay), Dipna Lim Prasad , Stefan Tseng Ke Chen , T Piriyah , Valerie Seema Pereira , Wendy Enn

2010 – 16th Asian Games (Guangzhou, China): Calvin Kang Li Loong

2010 – 19th Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India): Calvin Kang Li Loong

2010 – 1st Youth Olympic Games (Singapore): Goh Wei Ning , Liang Wei Wei , Wendy Enn

2008 – 29th Olympic Games (Beijing, China): Calvin Kang Li Loong

2009 – 25th Southeast Asian Games (Vientiane, Laos): Matthew Goh Yujie , Stefan Tseng Ke Chen

2009 – 1st Asian Youth Games (Singapore): Shahrir Mohd Anuar (Bronze Medal – Boys 100m), Jared Lim Jun Ting , Liang Wei , Nuraishireen Mohd Rahim

2007 – 24th Southeast Asian Games (Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand): Balpreet Kaur Purba , Calvin Kang Li Loong , Stefan Tseng Ke Chen , Valerie Seema Pereira

 

News

International Experience Brings Development Opportunities
Overseas Training Camps

Posted: 14 December 2018

While most Singaporean children enjoy a holiday abroad during their year-end holidays, Singapore Sports School student-athletes also travel overseas, some to China, Japan, South Korea and Taipei; others to Thailand and even Australia and the United States – but all for a different reason. Student-athletes have opportunities to train and spar with their foreign counterparts to stretch themselves in their sport development.

Football
Sports School’s partnership with football academy Omiya Ardija provides a chance for selected student-athletes to train with age-group players from the Japanese club and experience a different style of football so as to raise the quality of their game. Omiya’s professional senior team plays in the J2.League. Each year, up to four Football Academy student-athletes have an opportunity to train with Omiya for a maximum of one month. From 2 to 12 December 2018, Amir Syafiz Abdul Rashid (Secondary 2), Iman Hakim Ibrahim, Muhammad Ryaan Sanizal (Secondary 4) and Ong Yu En (Secondary 3) made their way to Omiya for their Japan experience.

For 10 days, they trained with the Japanese players, refining their skills and technical ability. Their fitness was put to the test as they were pushed by the faster and fitter footballers from Omiya.


Ice Skating
Ice skaters Pagiel Sng Yie Ken and Trevor Tan Xuxuan departed on 30 October 2018 bound for the United States and South Korea respectively, to up their game on the ice. Pagiel, a Secondary 2 figure skater, honed his skills under the guidance of coach Robi Chambers in Denver, Colorado. His stint concluded on 28 November an intensive four weeks.

Meanwhile, Secondary 4’s Trevor was in Goyang, South Korea, till 1 December in preparation for his debut at the 2018 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He had the privilege of training with and learning from top South Korean speed skater which included Olympic medallists.

In addition to the training sessions, Trevor also competed at the 34th Korea Skating Union President Short Track Speed Skating Cup on 24 and 25 November 2018. He won 2 gold medals – the Men's 500m and 1,000m, setting a new personal best time of 44.602s in the shorter distance. His winning time bettered the Singapore National Under 18 and 16 records which he held. He subsequently bettered his time in the 500m at the World Cup event.

“I was getting about 6 to 8 hours of training a day throughout my month-long stint in Goyang. Training alongside Olympic medallists like Kwak Yoon-gy – a Vancouver 2010 silver medallist – and Kim A-lang – a gold medallist at Pyeongchang 2018 – and being able to interact with them motivated me to push myself harder so that I can one day be a world-class skater too. Technique-wise, I saw improvements as I refined my movements through watching and talking to them,” said Trevor.

Netball
By Muneera Noor Fadhil
Netball Academy, Secondary 3

Sports School Netball Academy’s Secondary 2 and 3 student-athletes had the privilege of attending a training tour in Melbourne, Australia, from 9 to 16 November 2018. The overseas trip exposes us to a higher level of netball, especially in preparation for the upcoming 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge from 24 to 30 November.

Engaging in combined training sessions and friendly matches with the Australians has helped to hone our skills, and learn and adopt different gameplays and set-ups. We were also fortunate to train under world-class coaches Marg Lind and Nicole Richardson who gave us tips on how to be a more strategic player on court. As we stepped outside of our comfort zone and adapted to a new living and training environment, my teammates and I learnt the importance of taking care of ourselves and looking out for each other. We had to ensure that we our time and finances were managed adequately, and that we had proper hydration and nutrition each meal – even cooking meals so that we obtain the optimal nutrients for recovery.

We had several cross-training sessions planned and we got to try my hand at boxing and pilates. I enjoyed the boxing session as the high intensity helps to improve our reaction and mental toughness.



Shooting
Shooting Academy shooters participated in the 2018 Airgun International Competition from 13 to 17 November 2018 while in Taipei for a training camp. They won 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Under 15 competition. Ariana Beh Yoke Ching, the Women’s 10m Air Rifle gold medallist, shares her lessons from the overseas trip.
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By 马育真 (Ariana Beh Yoke Ching)
Shooting Academy, Secondary 1

代表新加坡体育学校参加在台湾举办的2018年中正杯射击比赛,是我经历的第一次国际赛事。比赛紧张、刺激,富有挑战性。通过比赛,我可以学会克服不熟悉靶场的困难,也学会如何管控压力。

这次在台湾的训练和比赛,教练指导我如何尽快地适应新的靶场和环境,如何集中注意力;学习怎样与其他射手交流。同时,我也学到怎么控制自己的心情,不让失败打扰我的射击动作和比赛过程。在比赛中,尽管我的资格赛成绩并不理想,但我在决赛中,打到242.6的高分,最终赢得比赛。

这次台湾训练比赛的经历,真的让我学到很多好经验,也学了很多新知识。我相信我的成绩会有更大提高,对此,我充满信心。

期待明年会有更多的国外比赛机会。

Translation
The 2018 Airgun International Competition in Taipei was my first international event representing Singapore Sports School. The competition was intense, exciting and challenging. Through the competition, I learnt to overcome the difficulties of shooting in an unfamiliar range, and also cope with the pressure of competing with top age-group shooters from Taipei.

During the training sessions and competition, my coach, Coach Song Haiping, gave me guidance on how I could adapt to the new shooting range and environment as quickly as possible, how to maintain my focus, and how to interact with other shooters. At the same time, I also learnt how to control my emotions, instead of being affected by mishits. Despite not being up to mark in the qualifying round, I was able to shoot 242.6 points in the final to win the 10m Air Rifle event.

I’ve benefited from this overseas training and competition experience in Taipei and believe that it will contribute to higher scores in the coming year.

I look forward to more of such opportunities next year.



Swimming
Twenty-two Sports School's swimmers raked in a tremendous haul of 49 medals – 14 gold, 27 silver and 8 bronze – at the 2018 Aichi Age-Group Swim Meet on 1 December 2018 while they were in Aichi, Japan, for a training camp from 28 November to 8 December.
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Contributed by Carol Rachmadi (Secondary 1), Jerald Lium (Secondary 2), Candice Ang Ruo Han (Secondary 3),
Julia Lium (Secondary 4), Regine Goh Xuan Xuan (IBDP Year 5)

The overseas stint in Aichi developed us to be more independent and responsible people and athletes. All of us were given our own rooms to stay in during this trip, so we had to look after ourselves, as well as do our own laundry. Keeping track of time so as not to oversleep and ensuring that we had all the equipment necessary for training was important, instead of relying on reminders from our teammates. However, although this may sound contradictory, staying separately also made us more aware of looking out for our fellow teammates.

Being immersed in the Japanese culture was also an eye-opening experience. They were respectful, considerate and polite towards each other. This could be seen in the simplest of activities such as rinsing themselves before entering the pool to ensure that the pool remains clean for other swimmers. The Japanese swimmers also always greeted us even when we were passing by, which made us more conscious of greeting our coaches and staff whenever we met. Furthermore, the streets were litter-free and even public facilities like the toilets were extremely clean.

The importance of discipline and punctuality at training was evident amongst the Japanese swimmers, to the point that we entered and exited the pool exactly on time – not one minute earlier nor later.

The training programme in Japan was a tougher than what we’re used to in Singapore which helps make us stronger swimmers. Training was more intense as we swam further in shorter durations. The importance of teamwork and unity was more apparent during this trip. Encouragements from our teammates in between sets spurred us on towards completing our programme – no matter how tiring the session was.



Track and Field
Track and Field Academy student-athletes attended a five-day training camp in Bangkok, Thailand, from 15 to 20 November 2018. The 48 student-athletes had the opportunity to train alongside Thai athletes from Thammasat University to help push their boundaries and stretch their potential.


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Sprinter Veronica Shanti Pereira
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PROGRAMMES AND COMPETITIONS

PRE-SINGAPORE SPORTS SCHOOL PROGRAMMES

Singapore Sports School-Singapore Athletics Primary Schools Invitational Meet

The SSP-SA Invitational Meet is an annual meet that the academy organises each year for student athletes in the primary schools. The carnival-style meet, which introduces competition in a fun environment, gives primary schools athletes an additional opportunity to pit their skills against their competitors from other schools before they meet again at the National Inter-Primary Schools Championships. Events are age-appropriate and adapted to make them child friendly.

MOE Junior Sports Academy

The Sports School’s Track and Field Academy conducts the Junior Sports Academy for the Ministry of Education. Primary School students have the privilege of receiving coaching under Sport School’s coaches who design the training curriculum for the programme. The training curriculum is planned and written by Head Coach Pedro Acuna. Coaching sessions are conducted by Sports School coaches, as well as Sports School alumni who are qualified coaches and accomplished athletes.

This programme exposes 10 year-old athletes to a wide variety of movement experiences via the multi-event concept in Track and Field. Fundamental bio-motor abilities such as agility, balance, coordination and speed are developed through fun-filled activities involving sprints, jumps, hurdles and throws. Taking into consideration the physical, cognitive and physiological development of the participants, this programme aims to build a broad skill foundation for them by avoiding early specialisation.

LOCAL AND OVERSEAS COMPETITIONS

International Children’s Games

Thailand Sports School Games

LAWA Perth State Track and Field Championships

The Sports School sends its student-athletes to the LAWA Perth State Track and Field Championships. The LAWA Perth State Meet is an annual event that sees up to 3,000 athletes between 10 and 17 years old participating in the local meet. The carnival-style meet is a good platform for our athletes to hone their skills in different events. The Sports School sends up to 10 student-athletes each year to compete in the age-group competition, while other top performing student-athletes may also be selected by the Combined Schools Team to represent Singapore Schools.

WALA/MSSM/SSSC Track and Field Championships

Multi-Event Competitions

Western Australian Little Athletics State Multi-Event Championships

Bukit Jalil Sports School International Combined Events Championships (BJSSICE)

The Track and Field Academy participate in multi-event competitions to achieve its aim of long-term athlete development. Student-athletes take part in multi-event competitions where participants are required to compete in sprints, jumps, hurdles and throws events. Two such meets, where student-athletes are able to test their abilities against competitors from Australia, Malaysia and Thailand, are the Western Australian Little Athletics State Multi Event Championships and the Bukit Jalil Sports School International Combined Events Championships.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

Ulsan Sports Science Secondary School Training Exchange

Overseas Training Camps

Singapore Sports School Track and Field Academy student-athletes have opportunities to train overseas and learn from physically and technically stronger athletes.

The variety in training environments and training partners have shown to add value to our training programme.

Student-athletes have gained motivation from training alongside elite Thai athletes at Thammassat University as well as youth athletes from Taoyuan Senior High School in Taiwan.

Taoyuan Senior High School is a powerhouse in the Middle Schools Track and Field in Taiwan.

A varied training programme was introduced to take advantage of the different terrain and facilities. The overseas training camps have contributed to a change not only in training attitude, but an improvement in performance.