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Responsibility And Excellence Key To Becoming Champions
Responsibility and excellence were values that Olympians Feng Tianwei and Li Jiawei shared with student-athletes when they delivered the “Lessons From The Champions” series at Singapore Sports School on 26 September 2012.
“As full-time athletes, we have a responsibility to do our best for Singapore,” said Jiawei, winner of the Women’s Team silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Women’s Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Agreeing, Tianwei, the Singapore table tennis captain who won the Women’s Singles and Women’s Team bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, added: “The country has high hopes and our fans have expectations, so we must always do our best. To be able to perform to expectation, I train hard to make sure that I am well-prepared for any competitions.”
A student-athlete wanted to know how they cope with the pressure of winning.
Jiawei, five-time Sportswoman of the Year, from 2002 to 2006, said she sets high targets for herself and she works towards achieving those targets.
“I turn the pressure into my motivation,” she said.
Tianwei, Sportswoman of the Year 2010, said she focuses on the match rather than her opponents.
“I go out with the mindset to win. When I lose a point, I focus on winning it back. I don’t give up. I don’t let defeats get the better of me.”
Singapore Table Tennis Association President, Dr Lee Bee Wah, appreciates the close collaboration that the National Sports Association has with the Sports School.
“Whenever a young player tells me that he wants to represent Singapore, I will encourage him to join Singapore Sports School where he can study and train to develop excellence – just like Pang Xue Jie, Isabelle Li and Zena Sim who are in the National Elite Team,” said Dr Lee.
Two student-athletes, Janina Sofia Nieto Herrera and Hannah Lau Ee Lan, and two staff, Lim Hwee Hua and Serena Wong, had the opportunity to spar with Tianwei before Table Tennis Academy General Manager, Dave Lai, took centre stage and entertained the School with a mini bat sparring session with Tianwei.
Afterwards, the two Olympians signed autographs for about 50 student-athletes, staff and parents, while the rest of the school population was given a closer look at the bronze medals they won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Also present was Jing Jun Hong, the Deputy Coach at London 2012 Olympic Games. She was a semi-finallist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Women’s Singles event and Sportswoman of the Year 2001.