Overcoming Past Failures – Kelvin Liow

Basketball Interviewee (600x800)Moving on from past failures is a challenge almost every athlete goes through, and this was also the case for basketball player Kelvin Liow, 18, from ITE College East.

His greatest disappointment in his five years of playing basketball was when his team was knocked out of the quarter-finals in the Milo Cup basketball competition last year. The team made it to the top eight teams, but not to the top four as he had hoped.

But after that episode, his team got its act together.

“We’re of different backgrounds and different races. But we learnt to become closer as a team, and not pick on anyone for their faults. We trained hard together and worked hard together.”

In this year’s Milo Cup, Kelvin’s team became first runner-up.

Kelvin, as part of team T-Net @ MacPherson, was also one of about 170 youth who took part in W.A.D! Games at the Clementi Sports Hall on July 12. The fourth of six children, he picked up the sport from his older brother and older sister.

At a height of 167cm, he is slightly shorter than his elder brother. “But it’s not really your height that matters. It’s the passion, and how you learn lessons from the past,” he said.

He also said he looks up to Ng Han Bin of the Singapore Slingers. “I learnt from him that we should not just wish for something, but we need to go for it. Go for it to achieve your dream.”


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