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Thoughts of a Volunteer Coach - Charles Chua

“I thought that I have been the one teaching the athletes, but they have showed and taught me more things than I have ever imagined.” – Mr. Charles Chua; Floorball Coach, Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 While working on a personal project to expand Floorball as a sport in Singapore back in 2013, I stumbled upon a video that featured Floorball at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. I pondered on the possibility of introducing the sport to individuals with special needs, contacted Special Olympics Singapore, and before we knew it, the floorball programme was up and running! The journey has been fulfilling and enriching for me. I have, on several occasions, witnessed the athletes encouraging each other to do better, and forgiving each other when things did not go as planned on the court. This is the right attitude and approach to life, which we do not see often from the modern day society. The most memorable coaching session for me was the very first session we had full attendance - something that is rare due to the athlete’s work commitments, and the athletes wasted no time in making friends with one another, and bonded together as a team. I felt fantastic when I was appointed as one of the coaches for the World Winter Games Team. I am glad and excited to be with them for their first ever Floorball Competition representing Singapore, and to fight alongside with them. This opportunity at the games will be as much a learning journey for me as it will be for the athletes. I hope to see the athletes playing as one team, to exhibit good sportsmanship in and out of the court, showcase their skills, as well as learn from other athletes from around the world. My message for the athletes competing at the World Games: “Win as a team and lose as a team. Show the world your hard work and team spirit. Work hard and play hard during the competition. The fun will come in when you enjoy what you are doing.”
“I thought that I have been the one teaching the athletes, but they have showed and taught me more things than I have ever imagined.” – Mr. Charles Chua; Floorball Coach, Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 While working on a personal project to ...
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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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