Juggling different responsibilities, she still came out tops

A tchoukball competition overseas. Preliminary examinations. The SYF (Singapore Youth Festival) modern dance competition. More examinations. Another tchoukball competition overseas. Working part-time as a waitress to help pay for all the overseas trips. And then came the N Levels. All in one single year.

 

Yet Adalene Chua still managed to become the top Normal (Technical) course student in the N Levels, in the whole of Singapore. No wonder that she thinks 2011 was a “very busy but memorable year”.

 

The 18-year-old ITE College Central student started playing tchoukball when she was 15, and she initially played the relatively new sport with boys only, all from social work agency Youth Guidance Outreach Services. “I was known as a crybaby but the guys took care for me. But they also played seriously, and that helped to build my character.” Later on, she was helping another girls’ team to play, when she was talent-scouted by the national women’s team captain in 2010.

 

Playing for a national team was not easy at the starting phase. “At that time I cried alot, because I was asked to improve in different aspects. I was quite sensitive to small remarks like that… Sometimes I thought I was not progressing, but others kept saying I was.” Over time, she became more confident, and she remained open to feedback.

 

“Sometimes people outside the court can see the game from a better perspective. If I want to improve, I must also listen to others, even if they were not playing in the court.”

 

Having to prepare for competitions in the arts, sports and academics in 2011, would she be willing to do it all over again if one could turn back time? Yes, she said.

 

“If I study all the way, it’d be quite boring. And when you grow up, you’ll have to juggle different things anyway. So this is a good opportunity to learn how to manage and juggle different stuff.”

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