The Netball Academy has produced 5 national representatives for Netball Singapore.
2018 Year of Graduation Ayshath Zaseela
2017 Year of Graduation Siti Nurshawallah Rashid
2014 Year of Graduation Kimberly Lim Wei Yan
2012 Year of Graduation Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman, Suhailah Kariman
2011 Year of Graduation Shelby Lian Koh (left SSP in 2010)
2008 Year of Graduation Melody Teo
MAJOR GAMES REPRESENTATION
2015 – 28th Southeast Asian Games (Singapore): Kimberly Lim Wei Yan (Gold Medal – Women's Team), Shelby Lian Koh (Gold Medal – Women's Team)
2015 – Netball World Cup (Sydney, Australia): Kimberly Lim Wei Yan, Shelby Lian Koh
2014 – Mission Foods Asian Netball Championships (Singapore): Kimberly Lim Wei Yan (Team Champion), Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman (Team Champion)
2012 – Nations Cup (Singapore): Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Samad, Shelby Lian Koh, Suhailah Kariman
2013 – Nations Cup (Singapore): Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman (Team 2nd), Shelby Lian Koh (Team 2nd), Suhailah Kariman (Team 2nd)
2014 – Nations Cup (Singapore): Kimberly Lim Wei Yan, Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman
2015 – Nations Cup (Singapore): Kimberly Lim Wei Yan (Team 3rd)
2013 – World Youth Netball Championships (Glasgow, Scotland): Koh Hin Ann (Co-Captain), Shelby Lian Koh (Co-Captain), Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman, Nur Athirah Zulkiffle, Olivia Chen Yutong, Seah Yunzhen, Siti Nurshawallah Rashid
2013 – Asian Youth Netball Championships (Brunei): Shelby Lian Koh (Team 3rd), Koh Hin Ann (Team 3rd), Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman (Team 3rd), Nur Athirah Zulkiffle (Team 3rd), Olivia Chen Yutong (Team 3rd), Siti Nurshawallah Rashid (Team 3rd)
2015 – Asian Youth Netball Championships (Hongkong): Avelyn Leong Kit Yan (Team 3rd),
Ayshath Zaseela (Team 3rd), Georgina Lee Si Ling (Team 3rd), Jeraldine Lee Sze Kee (Team 3rd), Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman (Team 3rd), Nur Athirah Zulkiffle (Team 3rd), Olivia Wu Su Han (Team 3rd)
IYNC A Development Ground For Netballers
2018 International Youth Netball Challenge
Posted: 14 December 2018
From 24 to 30 November 2018, 12 teams from six countries gave their best shot for a fighting chance to be crowned 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge champions.
Singapore Sports School welcomed teams from Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore to its premises for the 10th edition of the tournament, which provides Under 15 netballers a platform for international exposure. The different styles of play that the international players bring also helps to raise the quality of netball amongst the youth.
Over the seven-day tournament, New Zealand’s Mount Albert Grammar School was victorious in all their matches from Round-Robins to the subsequent knockout matches to retain the Championship Trophy. They defeated Potch Gimnasium from Potchefstroom, Africa, 27 points to 20 in the Championship Match for their fifth win since the tournament’s inception in 2008.
Sports School was represented by two teams – Singapore Sports School Hunters and Rangers – that concluded in eighth and 10th place.
Student-athletes and alumnae of the Netball Academy contributed to make the IYNC a success. While some competed, others took on roles assisting as event organisers, scorekeepers, liaison officers to the foreign teams. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Year 5 student-athlete Rishika Ghanamoorthy had a unique experience of providing live commentary to the final two matches which were streamed on 1 Play Sports’ Facebook page. Videos of the matches have garnered over 4,000 views online. Secondary 4’s Janell Tan Hui Ru, who was a Liaison Officer, and Rishika share their experiences.
“As a liaison officer, I was tasked to look after the needs and interests of Melville Senior High School from Perth, Australia, which included having to communicate frequently with the Organising Committee to ensure that players and officials are provided the best competition experience. This role entrusted a huge responsibility on me – and my fellow Liaison Officers – as we had to look after administrative matters such as transport arrangements, catering of meals and ensuring that they could recover sufficiently after each match. I was also a tour guide, showing them around popular tourist attractions. By the end of the tournament, I felt like I was part of their team. One week passed by really quickly and I was amazed at how quickly I was able to bond with the overseas players.”
– Janell Tan Hui Ru, Secondary 4, was a Liaison Officer at the 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge
“I had an invaluable opportunity to commentate the third-place match as well as the Championship Match of the 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge on 30 November live on Facebook. I was very excited to pick up this new skill. Not only could this help me improve my emceeing skill, it also tested my wit, quick-thinking and ability to improvise. This experience taught me to think on my feet and even helped improve my analysis of the sport. Having to read game plays and share them with the audience made me understand the match much better.
“Furthermore, it taught me the value of working with the crew behind the scenes and I’m glad I also made new friends through this. I was humbled by the experience as there was a lot of background work I had to do before the big event; and it was not an easy task. I not only had to obtain shooting statistics of the top four teams that I was providing commentary for for the entire duration of the competition, I also had to research and find out interesting and key information of the players and the teams.
“I am truly privileged to be given this experience to stretch myself. I had to overcome the initial apprehension that washed over me as it was my first time doing something of such nature unguided. However, I soon found my groove and my confidence grew.
“What I enjoyed most about this experience was the fact that I was able to contribute to the sport in a different way, to play a small role in growing the netball scene internationally. The focus wasn’t on me as a commentator, but with just my voice, I had the opportunity to add excitement to the sport on top of the interesting court-plays.”
– Rishika Ghanamoorthy, IBDP Year 5, was a commentator for the Facebook live streams of the Third-Place Playoff and First-Place Playoff matches at the 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge
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.
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 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.
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 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.
By 马育真 (Ariana Beh Yoke Ching)
Shooting Academy, Secondary 1
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.
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.
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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TNP School Sports Star Nominee
Nur Amelia Omar Abdullah, who plays netball for Singapore Sports School, is one of TNP's School Sports Star nominee. Click here to watch her video. (Uploaded on Jul 27, 2011)
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