I got a little offended reading this article today. As a Singapore Sports School Alumni, I can honestly say that my 6 years in the Singapore Sports School was not easy. Imagine training 25-30 hours a week (not 18-20 hours) and balancing studies at the same time, that is the amount of sacrifice that we have to go through in our lives as a student in the Sports School.
I agree that we are given a choice to defer our studies for sports, but only a small amount of students do that, the majority still balances both sports and studies, and some of them even do their O levels during Secondary 4.
After sacrificing so much time in their respective sports in the Sports School, some students still take their O levels at Secondary 4. Is that fair for them? Should MOE be aware of this issue, and level the ‘playing’ field for Sports School students and have a different ‘tier’ for calculating O level results?
Instead of procrastinating, students in the Sports School were still able to get distinctions for their O levels despite sacrificing so much of their time on sports.
So what is your excuse now?
Of course, I give credit to the Sports School for instilling us great values of Excellence and Resilience which had made us who we are today.
It’s never a level playing field
Student athletes like us in the Singapore Sports School train hard in hope of getting a medal in the Olympic Games. Yet, when we meet countries like USA, France and Australia, we realize that it isn’t a level playing field anymore. When Singaporeans compete into the Olympic Games, it’s often quite impossible to get into the finals in the Games. Of course we do have a few outstanding athletes that made it to the finals before but what are the chances? So, does that mean that there is a huge psychological impact on us?
From what you’re suggesting, we should also write in to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to consider updating the format of Olympics, this means that countries like USA, France, Australia and China should all be in one tier and Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand should be in another.
If that were to be the proposed format, will there still be meaning to competition anymore? Every competition to me is a learning experience. We learn from the best and be inspired to train harder in hope to become like them one day.
“The psychological impact of such huge losses cannot be underestimated”
Honestly, coming from a national athlete’s perspective, I’ve lost a lot in international races, not being able to even make it to the semi finals of the World Championships. I’ve even experienced finishing last place in my heat for an international race.
But has this caused a huge psychological impact on me?
NO, it did not. In fact, these losses inspired me to train even harder and be able to match up to those great names one day. That is what sport is actually all about, it teaches you values of sportsmanship and not giving up even though it may seem impossible to achieve. And through these experiences I’ve learnt values such as “hard work”, “how to pick yourself up when you fail” and it has made me a stronger person.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; but an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill
IF YOU CAN’T WIN US, JOIN US!
Lastly, if you want to win so badly, why don’t you consider sending your children to the Singapore Sports School, nobody is stopping you! We’ve got:
1) A training schedule of 25-30 hours a week without neglecting academics
2) Annual overseas competitions
3) Sports Nutritionist
4) Professional Strength Trainers
5) Great Facilities
6) Bio-Mechanic Professionals
7) Responsible teachers that will ensure that you will always be able to catch up in academics despite the overseas competitions (http://bit.ly/ssp10anniversary)
And also, we have fun in whatever we are doing! The Sports School has definitely left unforgettable memories and taught me great values in life which made me who I am today, and I am grateful for all their support.
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