Recently, Singapore held the 28th sea games and it was so spectacular. The opening and closing ceremony was so nicely done, especially the theme and flow of the performances. The event committee even include a tribute segment to our late founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. On a personal touch, I felt that it was rather respectful and sweet of them to do so. Certainly, we wished that he could celebrate our achievements (84 golds yo, way past our expectations) and our nation’s 50th birthday. However, this is part and parcel of life, people come and go. I believed he will be SO proud of us when we came together as a nation and fought for our GOLD.
The athletes will forever be gold in our eyes even though some of them may not have gotten a medal. WIN OR LOSE, WE ARE STILL #ONESINGAPORE! Of course, the main bulk of the gold medals were hauled by our national swimmers. Some of them had 2 events on all 6 days while others had long distance races. Nonetheless, we saw their spirit and hunger for gold when they are competing. They wanted to bring pride and honour to our country, they wanted us to feel connected and they wanted us to feel proud to be a Singaporean.
The elites of the elites are with doubt commendable ( Quah zhengwen, quah tingwen, joseph schooling, taoli, Amanda, roanne etc). But, rest of the swimmers were as equally good as them, mentally. They are strong enough to know what is installed for them, be it the competitors, distance, jitters and lacked of confidence, they didn’t opt out of the race. Instead, they faced their challenges with HOPE and FAITH. THEY ARE UNBREAKABLE. THEY ARE THE CHAMPION.
Definitely, we ought to give the coaches credit too. If it weren’t for them, will the swimmers be able to have the right mind set? Probably not. If you have read the interview of QTW (quah ting wen), she said that it was Sergio who helped her gain back the passion for swimming. While studying in UCLA, she had wanted to try surfing, thus she went on a surfing ‘lesson’ with her friends. Unfortunately, an accident happened and she broke her arm. This affected her strokes and confidence in the pool. But, Sergio came and he saved the day. The national coaches also emphasise on teamwork although swimming is mainly an individual sport. They specially held a weekend camp for the swimmers to bond and interact so as to foster stronger friendship between one another. Most of them said this year’s national team is one of the ‘tightest’ (closest) team ever. Such wonderful friendship and teamwork was displayed during the sea games. Oh how I wish I was one of them…
To conclude, competition is another thing, winning is also another thing, however friendship is EVERYTHING. The sea games really showed that Singapore athletes have true sportsmanship and they should be respected too. Without their hard work and dedication, we wouldn’t be able to excel. I hope that their passion for the respective sports will never die and they continue to achieve greater heights. Thank you athletes.
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