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'Sport Development & Excellence For The Student-Athlete'

10th Anniversary International Conference

Singapore Sports School’s 10th Anniversary International Conference, “Sport Development & Excellence For The Student-Athlete”, saw more than 350 participants from 12 countries gather for two days of intense discussion, networking and productive collaboration.

Singapore Sports Council (SSC) Chairman, Mr Richard Seow, in his opening address, said the international conference represents a milestone for the Sports School and reflects a growing institution that has begun to contribute to the wider sports ecosystem. Mr Seow also spoke about how the Sports School plays a special role in Vision 2030; Organising for Success, Sport Without Boundaries, Future Ready through Sports and Sport as a National Language. Vision 2030 is a joint project led by SSC and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) with active participation from the public and private sectors.

The first keynote speaker, Professor Daniel Gould, Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Michigan State University, spoke about Psychology of Athletic Talent Development which was followed by sessions centred on sports schools. The second keynote speaker, Datuk Marina Chin, Principal of Bukit Jalil Sports School, shared the reasons and events leading up to the setting up of sports school in Southeast Asia. With contributions from as far as Finland, Qatar and Thailand, the discussions revealed the vast difference in challenges faced by the sports schools; from the systems, roles, functions and excellence that come with it. After lunch, the conference continued on with 2 breakout sessions. The breakout session held in the auditorium saw the likes of presenters from National Institute of Education and School of the Arts discussing different issues on character development in talented students. The other breakout session held in the AVA showcased SSP’s unique academic programme that caters to the demands of the student-athletes. The first day of international conference was then concluded with the Singapore Sports School Sports Academies giving a behind the scenes insight to the schools development programmes and infusion of sport science support.  

Day 2 began with a wide range of discussions on Developing Champions and Talent Identification. Mr Will Tullet, Movement Specialist, Chelsea Football Club Academy, gave an insight into The Movement Development Pathway In An Elite Talent Development Environment which was followed by presentations from amongst others Mr Bernd Stange, Head Coach, Singapore National Football Team, Mrs Ruth Aitken, National Coach and Technical Director, Netball Singapore, Dr Taisuke Kinugasa, Head Talent ID Unit/Senior Sports Physiologist Athlete Pathway Development Project, Japan Sport Council and Dr Caroline Ringuet-Riot, Lecturer of Sport Management, Griffith University, Australia. This was followed by the Joint Symposium of Exercise and Sport Science, a partnership with Defense Science Organisation, National Institute of Education, Physical Education & Sport Science, Raffles Institute, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Sports Institute,  in the afternoon which covers topics such as Biomechanics/Training, Physiology/Recovery, Coaching/Pedagogy and Nutrition.

While the sessions were intensely busy, the social aspect of the conference was not neglected. An opening day dinner and visit to Chinatown allowed the international guests to have an insight of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Singapore, while the following day’s visit to the Gardens by the Bay showed the guests the “City in a Garden”.

Singapore Sports School Principal, Mr Tan Teck Hock, who delivered the closing address, said he was delighted with the outcome of the international conference. The international experts as well as coaches and sport scientists were all drawn together by a common purpose to better support our young aspiring student-athletes.

Speakers’ presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the topics below:

Day 1
Key Note Speaker 1
Professor Daniel Gould (Director, Institute of Study for Youth Sports)
Key Note Speaker 2
Datuk Marina Chin (Principal, Bukit Jalil Sport School)

Plenary Session
Singapore Sports School: A Decade of Excellence
Dr Irwin Seet (Director of Sports, Singapore Sports School)

Sports Schools in Thailand
Mr Nitiphan Saraphakdi (Vice President for Sports School, Thailand)

Dr Sami Kalaja (Principal Kilpinen Secondary School, Finland)

Mr Christopher Earle (Director of Sport, Aspire Academy Qatar)

Character Building and Excellence for the Gifted Student
A/Prof Maureen Neihart (Head, PS & Head, Academic Quality Management, National Institute of Education)

Tabula Rasa - Character & Leadership Development @ SOTA
Dr Yap Meen Sheng (Vice-Principal, Development, School of the Arts Singapore)

Character Development Singapore Sports Schools’ Holistic Approach
Mr Raymond Mak (Assistant Director, Student Development, Singapore Sport School)

Academic Programme in Singapore Sports School - The Inside Story
Mr Poh Leong Joo (Assistant Director, Instructional Programme, Singapore Sports School)

Mr Ho Beng Kiat (Assistant Director, Teacher Development, Singapore Sports School)

Day 2
Key Note Speaker 3
Chelsea Football Club Academy:
Mr Will Tullett (Movement Specialist, Chelsea Football Club Academy)

Developing Champions: Coaches' Perspectives
Improving the Game by Learning from the Best 
Mr Bernd Stange (Head Coach, Singapore National Football Team, Football Association of Singapore)

Mrs Ruth Aitken (National Coach & Technical Director, Netball Singapore)

Mr Lip Ooi (Head Coach Golf Academy, Singapore Sports School/ PGA Golf Professional)

Mr Ralf Bissdorf (Head Coach Fencing Academy, Singapore Sports School, Silver Medallist Olympic Games 2000)

Developing Champions: Coaches’ Perspectives
Mr Kunalan Canagasabai (Senior Manager, Sports Alumni, Singapore Sports Council)      

Talent Identification & Development
Talent ID Framework for Shooting
Mr Kevin Gerard Wong (Senior Talent Identification Specialist, SSP)  and Mr Koh Aik Beng (General Manager, Shooting Academy)

A/Prof Katalin Kovacs (Associate Professor, Semmelweis University, Hungary)

Dr Taisuke Kinugasa (Head, Talent ID Unit / Senior Sports Physiologist Athlete Pathway Development Project, Japan Sport Council, Japan)

Dr Caroline Ringuet-Riot (Lecturer of Sport Management, Griffith University, Australia)

Professor Timo Jaakkola (Lecturer of Sport Pedogogy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Joint Symposium of Exercise & Sport Science Sport Science & Technology

Mr Scott Vanderput (Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach, Singapore Sports Institute)

Efficacy of 5-day accelerated vs 10-day Conventional Heat Acclimatization for Fire-Fighting Trainees
Mr Muhammad Nazri Bin Isa (NUS Life Science Honours Student )

Hydrodynamic Forces Acting on the Hand in Swimming
Dr Shige Kudo (Senior Academic Staff, Republic Polytechnic)
Efficacy of Heat Mitigation Strategies for Endurance Exercise: A Meta-Analysis
Ms Pearl Tan Min Sze (Member of Technical Staff,  Defense Science Organization National Laboratories)

Ms Nicole Ho Wan Ying, Ms Joy Teo Su-Yue & Ms Chan Wai Sze Rachel (Students from EW Barker Institute of Sports, Sports Science Research Programme, Raffles Institution)

Ms Chua Jia Min, Ms Tan Xin Hui, Ms Leong Hwee Ting Jazell & Ms Lee Jiaqi Amanda (Students from EW Barker Institute of Sports, Sports Science Research Programme, Raffles Institution)

Emergent Innovative Curriculum Assessment, Teaching and Learning in Response to New Knowledge, Technology and Changing Disciplinary Direction. Two Examples of Creative and Innovative Technology in Sport & PE Assessment-DAD & Animated Task Cards-Invasion Games
Dr Tom Browne (Lecturer PESS, National Institute of Education)

Asst Prof Do Young Pyun (Lecturer PESS, National Institute of Education)

Ms Huang Liyan (On behalf of Ms Cheryl Teo)(Sports Dietitian, Singapore Sports Institute)

The Effects of Low- & High-Glycemic Index Foods on Simulated Team Sports Performance (A pilot study)
Mr Mohammad Haiyum (Programme Chair, Republic Polytechnic)