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Thoughts of a Volunteer Coach - Dave Tay

I started volunteering for Special Olympics in 2008. I was in the Navy then so could only offer myself during Saturdays. I was abit worried at first because I have not coached an ID personnel before and am not sure whether I can manage them. To my surprise, it turned out to be awesome. The athletes were not much of a difference and in fact, most of them were really talented and well-behaved. My biggest joy was to watch them achieved in the National Games held in 2009.

We came in first in our division but that was not what I am happy about. What really fulfilled me was the process of getting there. We trained, we played and in the end we won. The "connection" we had were indescribable. I was proud of them not just because of the winning but also watching them achieve. 

We had an objective and we achieved it. When I saw their faces after the tournament, I knew what it meant for them. And that was a personal satisfaction for me. 

In this coming World Summer Games, I will be with them. I am honored and proud to be involved again. I hope they can have a great experience in Greece. In my opinion they have already won it. The amount of effort they put in week in week out during training was already a great achievement. They had never once complained to me about the restrictions I had imposed on them, they took pride in them. That to me is superior. 

Dave Tay; Soccer Coach

I started volunteering for Special Olympics in 2008. I was in the Navy then so could only offer myself during Saturdays. I was abit worried at first because I have not coached an ID personnel before and am not sure whether I ...

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Thoughts of Volunteer Coach - Goh Kim Pong

I have been volunteering with Special Olympics Singapore since 2005. It was by chance that I got involved. I accompanied friends who were fulfilling certain requirements and upon volunteering, I got hooked! Through these years, I've built many friendships with athletes, fellow volunteers and staff alike. I have also had many unforgettable memories - the joys we derive in each others' company, the disappointments we experience when we make mistakes, etc.

My time with the team has taught me immensely. In Singapore where the pace of life can be frantic, I have learnt to appreciate really the simple things in life and be "connected" again to my humanity. In the process of learning about others, I have also discovered that I have learnt a great deal about myself.

While volunteering has a connotation of giving or serving, it is as if I have become the recipient instead! I am extremely grateful for the many opportunities I have had with Special Olympics Singapore and the team I work with.

Goh Kim Pong - Floor Hockey Coach

I have been volunteering with Special Olympics Singapore since 2005. It was by chance that I got involved. I accompanied friends who were fulfilling certain requirements and upon volunteering, I got hooked! Through these ...

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