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Doing SIM Proud On The Sporting Front
By Rury Narita, Student Development Senior Programme Executive
Every odd year, student athletes are selected to represent their country in the biennial World University Games (WUG), also known as Summer Universiade, where they compete at very high levels and sometimes face opponents who are top-ranked in the world. In terms of level of play, the Summer Universiade is only second to the Olympics. In this year’s edition which was held in Taipei from 19 to 31 August 2017, a total of 72 Singapore University athletes competed in 12 sports, with 15 of them coming from SIM Global Education.
SIM GE athletes with Dr Timothy Chan (sixth from left), Director, Student Life.
The athletes were subjected to a stringent selection process lasting over five months before the commencement of the games. This included first making the training squad, followed by subsequent intensive trainings and eliminations to finally make the competitive squad for the World University Games. The athletes did well to manage both their academic and training commitments. The journey was tough, but it was all for the nation’s pride. A special mention to the SIM students who represented Singapore at the Summer Universiade!
Nicholas Ho, pictured after a training session at the Summer Universiade competition arena.
“The Universiade is the second largest international sports event after the Olympics. It has been an honour to represent Singapore to swim alongside world class athletes. The spectacular atmosphere created by the crowd was a memorable one for me as I managed to attain respectable timings for all my events. Being part of the Universiade has allowed me to gain invaluable experiences and values that will prepare me for my future career. It was a great opportunity where numerous communities and cultures came together to forge new friendships that will last a lifetime.” – Nicholas Ho Wei Ming, University Of London, SIM Sports Scholar, Swimming and Lifesaving Club President.
|1||Khan Meng Linn||RMIT||Athletics (Triple Jump)|
|2||Chermain Chan Sze Wai||UOL||Archery|
|3||Teo Kee Hui Keith||RMIT||Archery|
|4||Madeleine Ong Xue Li||Stirling||Archery|
|5||Lucas Wee Zi Xuan||RMIT||Badminton|
|6||Ong Rui Yi||RMIT||Billiard|
|7||Benjamin Hwang Mo Chien||RMIT||Billiard|
|8||Leong Jun Jie Benedict||RMIT||Billiard|
|9||Fiona Ip Wing Man||UOL||Fencing|
|11||Lee Zheng Kai||UOL||Swimming|
|12||Nicholas Ho Wei Ming||UOL||Swimming|
|13||Tay Jit Kiat||UOL||Table Tennis|
|14||Tan Wei Jia||UB||Taekwondo|
|15||Fung Jin Jie||RMIT||Wushu|
Lucas Wee (second from left) and doubles partner Koh Jia Yi (first from right) of NTU after their win against Brazil, in the Men’s Doubles round of 32.
“My two biggest takeaways from the 2017 Summer Universiade were meeting the athletes from other countries and getting to know their Badminton training culture. Competing against other players at this sporting level is most unforgettable. This eye-opening experience has definitely given me many insights into my gameplay and has inspired me to train harder to improve my skills.” – Lucas Wee Zi Xuan, RMIT University, SIM Badminton Club Vice-President
With the Summer Universiade being held concurrently with the South-East Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, some athletes flew miles to represent Singapore at both sporting events; SIM student Fung Jin Jie is one such athlete. Upon completing his events at the SEA Games where he clinched a Bronze Medal in the Jian Shu category, Jin Jie rushed to compete at Taipei for the Summer Universiade.
Fung Jin Jie pictured at the 29th SEA Games with his Bronze Medal in the Jian Shu Category.
“It has been a great honour representing my country for the past 13 years, over four SEA Games; I enjoyed every moment of the competition. Despite changing events and competing in a foreign country for this SEA Games, I was confident of doing well. After the SEA Games, I rushed to Taiwan from Kuala Lumpur for the Summer Universiade. Though I faced many familiar competitors, the scale of competition was unexpectedly huge, and probably the closest to the Olympics in scale. This is definitely one of the most memorable competitions I have competed in.” – Fung Jin Jie, RMIT University, SEA Games Bronze Medallist (Wushu)
As part of SIM Student Development’s initiative to grow student leaders in the area of sports, SIM Badminton Men’s Captain, Kirk Dinsyl Lim, was selected to attend the 2017 FISU WORLD CONFERENCE on Development through Sport. The conference was held concurrently during the Games. Majoring in the University of Stirling’s Sports Studies and Marketing programme, Kirk attended a series of seminars and talks over four days at the University of Taipei, learning topics such as Values in Sports and Sports Globalisation, which is relevant to his course.
Kirk with fellow NUS student at the FISU World Conference.
“The FISU World Conference was an eye opening experience, and a great platform to converse with academic pursuant from all over the world.” – Kirk Dinsyl Lim, University of Stirling, SIM Badminton Men’s Team Captain.
Regardless of the overall sports results at WUG, SIM is proud of its athletes who put themselves through the rigorous hours of training for the competition. Kudos to all!
Posted online, 15 November 2017