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.
It was a privilege to help out at an event for the underprivileged on a day when the President of Singapore visited.
A group of us from Singapore Sports School’s Individual Programme assisted at Dreamseeds Arts Fest, one of Club Rainbow’s showcase events organised in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary. This second edition was themed, “Finding Futurenova”, and 18 November 2017 marked the opening day of the week-long event.
I was an usher, and I directed beneficiaries and visitors through an exhibition of art and craft by the beneficiaries.
Some of the beneficiaries were unable to articulate their thoughts and feelings, and their creative works allowed them room for expression.
It was a fulfilling day for our team as we had the opportunity to interact with children and youths from different backgrounds, all in aid of a good cause.
Two For Trevor At Asian Challenge
2017 Asian Short Track Speed Skating Challenge
Posted: 15 May 2017
Singapore Sports School student-athlete Trevor Tan Xuxuan was part of Singapore’s five-member speed skating team at the 2017 Asian Short Track Speed Skating Challenge from 19 to 20 April 2017.
The Secondary 3 student-athlete held his own against his Asian counterparts, returning from Dongguan, China with a Team gold and individual bronze medal. Trevor managed a podium finish in the Men’s 1,500m before teaming up with Chua Qi En, Lucas Ng and Miki Chong to lead the charge in the Men’s 3,000m relay.
Another First For Sports School
2017 South East Asian Short Track Trophy
Acting General Manager, Individual Programme
Posted: 15 February 2017
2016 was a year of firsts for Singapore Sports School as they welcomed their first taekwondo and wushu student-athletes in Brandon Low Sze Sheng and Chan Jun Kai respectively.
Both boys’ decisions would seem vindicated after they returned with medals from various competitions. Jun Kai even represented Singapore at the Asian Wushu Championships in Taiwan.
Similarly, 2017 saw another round of firsts for the Sports School after the first skating student-athlete Trevor Tan Xuxuan won 2 medals at the 2017 South East Asian Short Track Trophy on 8 and 9 January.
“It is an honour to be the first skater in Sports School, and I am confident they can help me improve especially in my physical fitness and psychological readiness,” Trevor, who joined Sports School this year, said.
While the midstreamer won the Junior "C" Boys 1,500m event in a new personal best time, his Junior "C" Boys 1,000m race was not as straightforward.
Trevor was involved in a nail-biting finish after Thailand’s Triphop Thongngam’s clashed with Trevor and caused both skaters to fall.
Despite the setback, the 14-year-old showed resilience to bounce back and clinch the bronze medal.
“After the crash, I just wanted to stand up and finish the race as best as I could. While I am disheartened, I will not let this affect me. Instead, my two personal bests and seeing the improvements in my technique are more important,” Trevor said.
Trevor will hope his strong showing at The Rink@JCube will put him in good stead as he works towards his dream of competing in the Winter Olympics.
Junior ‘C’ Boys 1,500m
1st – Trevor Tan Xuxuan
Junior ‘C’ Boys 1,000m
3rd – Trevor Tan Xuxuan