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“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Forst
We bring you 2 unique stories from 2 participants of W.A.D! Games 2014 who lived out the TAGLINE of W.A.D! Games “Stand out & Be Different”. In their own ways, they have taken the road less traveled and many a time, the tougher path as well.
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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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She ain’t afraid of the boys.
In fact, she relishes the challenge of playing in a male-dominated sport.
“You need to have abit of an ‘aggressive attitude’, you can’t be girly, but other than that, there’s not much disadvantage for females, in terms of physical strength or size,” said retail assistant Chia Sin Yi.
She was among about 120 youth who competed at the pool tournament of W.A.D! Games at West Coast Recreation Centre on July 12.
Asked why she liked the sport, the 24-year-old said: “It’s challenging, something that females can do well in. There’s a lot of strategy involved; it’s like playing chess.”
“One also needs to have discipline – the way you stand, the way you hit the ball, accuracy is very important.”
She started playing competitively in 2008, and her father was initially apprehensive, as he worried about her being having negative peer influence. But over time, he has been more supportive now.
Her word of encouragement for any ladies in a sport dominated by men — “Believe in yourself, because anyone can play this. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, as long as you’re human, you can train hard and do well!”
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