The Table Tennis Boys’ Team emerged as the First Runners-Up in the National School Games Finals on 20 April 2017. To find out more about the Team, and their months-long journey leading up to the conclusion of the Finals, the Students’ Council set out to interview the Team Captain, Tan Li Heng.
1) What are some memorable experiences for the Team during the Finals?
“I will not point out any specific instance, but the general feeling of a team so bonded, with members firmly rooting for one another, will stick with us for a lifetime.”
2) What legacy do you think your batch will leave behind in the Team?
“I hope we have guided the future batches well, and imparted to them the important values of determination and dedication. We hope they will continue to embody and impart these values, so the legacy of the team can be preserved and advanced.”
3) How would you advise your juniors to take the Team forward?
“Teamwork is of utmost importance in our CCA. Only with teamwork can you come together as one, enjoying the process of training and competing together. Without teamwork, the joy of being in the CCA will be taken out, and no number of trophies you win can make up for that.
See the CCA not only as a platform for winning titles, but also for forging lifelong friendships!”
4) Who would you like to thank?
“We would like to thank Ms Lum Siew Chin for her unwavering support and dedication to helping us. Last but not least, we would also like to thank our main coach Mr Leng Chih Cheng, a super dedicated coach who constantly motivated and mentored us. Almost all his time was devoted to training our team. For that, we are extremely grateful.”
The Table Tennis Girls’ Team emerged as the First Runners-Up in the National School Games Finals on 20 April 2017. To find out more about the Team, and their months-long journey leading up to the conclusion of the Finals, the Students’ Council set out to interview the Team Captain, Jane Lee.
1) What struggles did the Team encounter along the way and how did the Team remain motivated?
“On top of usual training sessions, which were already frequent, we also held training camps, which were really intensive. Many of us found it really challenging to juggle training with schoolwork and other commitments. There was declining motivation and a constant fear of burnout, as many of us became drained physically and mentally.
Fortunately, all of us shared a common vision on what we needed to achieve, and were willing to work hard towards that. Our coach and Teacher IC were also very receptive to feedback, lightening our burden by reorganising our training schedule to accommodate our needs.”
2) Who would you like to thank and what would you like to say to them?
“To our main teacher-in-charge, Ms Lum, thank you for devoting so much time and effort to us. You accommodated our needs, and ensured that we had the most optimal environment to train in.
To my batchmates, it is a pity we could not end our last season with a bang. There have been countless ups-and-downs, but I am glad we have made it through. All the best for the A Levels!
To my juniors, most of you did not get to showcase what you had trained so hard for, but I am proud of you all for the effort you put in over the past few months. Rest well, and come back stronger next season!”