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‘Game For Life: 25 Journeys’ Synopsis


The book, 'GAME FOR LIFE: 25 Journeys' chronicles the transformation of 25 ordinary lives made extraordinary through sport. Featuring 25 individuals from diverse backgrounds playing different sports, it aims to inspire readers to play the game of their lives, and in so doing, discover themselves, unleash their true potential and develop their character.

'GAME FOR LIFE: 25 Journeys' celebrates the triumph of man, showcasing role models with a spirit of excellence and perseverance. The 25 remarkable stories are set to stir the hearts and minds of every reader, young or old, man or woman. Instilling in all the principles of team camaraderie, sportsmanship, leadership and sporting for life.

Why should I read this?

'GAME FOR LIFE: 25 Journeys' aims to inspire readers to play the game of their lives, and in so doing, discover themselves, unleash their true potential and develop their character.

Who is this book for?

Readers of all ages especially youths, parents and educators will find the book inspiring, relevant and reflective.

Where can I get the book?

The full e-copy of the book can be downloaded here.

A hardcopy Game For Life Book can be requested from the Character & Leadership Development Department, Sport Singapore.

Email us: eliza_sr_tan@sport.gov.sg / diyana_saleh@sport.gov.sg

The book is also available for loan at all public libraries islandwide as well as the Sports Hub Library.


Using the 25 Stories

Reflection is known and have been commonly used in sporting teams for coaches to go through performance during trainings and competitions, to allow athletes to better understand errors made during trainings and competitions and on how to improve it. Coaches will evaluate, gather and disseminate feedback and get athletes to reflect on their individual development.

There are many different methods to conduct a reflection session. One of which is through the use of stories. Storytelling as a reflective tool has been used in many areas such as higher education, children education and also in sport settings. The use of story-telling as a method could help coaches to deal with unexpected situations and consider the possibilities for what could have happened as well as what actually transpired. Coaches can then apply knowledge from past stories to new situations to help athletes or the team make sense of them. Stories can also be used to inspire valuable lessons and values in athletes as it is often used to invite deeper thought and reflection on larger issues. It also helps coaches to educate their athletes on issues well beyond the sporting arena.

We believe that sport is not just about technical ability and skill, but rather, a reflection of more complex attitudes and value systems in our lives.

Why should I use this resource?

'GAME FOR LIFE: 25 Journeys' aims to inspire readers to play the game of their lives, and in so doing, discover themselves, unleash their true potential and develop their character. The 25 stories have been written and structured in a way to facilitate reflection, focusing on the sporting values (see below) that have shaped them to be the person they are which have helped them to succeed in life. With the values that are highlighted and the guided reflection questions in the stories, coaches can use them during reflection sessions:

  • As a check-in before your training sessions / during your huddle
  • As an independent team activity to reinforce the team’s culture and values
  • Click on the links below to access individual stories!

Glory Barnabas (Athletics)

Jane Lee (Mountaineering)

Subhas Anandan (Cuesports)

Kristen Tan (Triathlon)

Richard Tan (Motor Sports)

Adrian Mok (Triathlon)

Gary Yeo (Athletics)

Grace Young-Diao (Bowling)

Khatijah Surattee (Shooting)

Laurentia Tan (Para Equestrian)

Tan Wearn Haw (Sailing)

Yip Pin Xiu (Swimming)

 

Alan Koh Swee Wan (Athletics)

Canagasabai Kunalan (Athletics)

Dr Benedict Tan (Sailing)

Grace Young-Diao (Bowling)

Jane Lee (Mountaineering)

Jing Junhong (Table Tennis)

Kadir Yahaya (Football)

Lim Heem Wei (Gymnastics)

Melanie Ann Martens (Hockey)

Dr Benedict Tan (Sailing)

Gary Yeo (Athletics)

Glory Barnabas (Athletics)

Jovin Tan (Para Sailing)

Kadir Yahaya (Football)

Khatijah Surattee (Shooting)

Mathavan Devadas (Hockey)

Shamsul Maidin (Football)

Subhas Anandan (Cuesports)

Tan Wearn Haw (Sailing)

Adrian Mok (Triathlon)

Glory Barnabas (Athletics)

Grace Young-Diao (Bowling)

Khatijah Surattee (Shooting)

Richard Tan (Motor Sports)

 

Canagasabai Kunalan (Athletics)

Dr Benedict Tan (Sailing)

Lim Heem Wei (Gymnastics)

Shamsul Maidin (Football)

Tan Wearn Haw (Sailing)

Alan Koh Swee Wan (Athletics)

Associate Prof. Aymeric Lim (Tennis)

DPM Tharman Shanmurgaratnam (Hockey)

Jane Lee (Mountaineering)

Melanie Ann Martens (Hockey)

Richard Tan (Motor Sports)

Shamsul Maidin (Football)

Kadir Yahaya (Football)

Subhas Anandan (Cuesports)

 

Alan Koh Swee Wan (Athletics)

Associate Prof. Aymeric Lim (Tennis)

Canagasabai Kunalan (Athletics)

Gary Yeo (Athletics)

Grace Young-Diao (Bowling)

Jane Lee (Mountaineering)

Jing Junhong (Table Tennis)

Jovin Tan (Para Sailing)

Khatijah Surattee (Shooting)

Kristen Tan (Triathlon)

Laurentia Tan (Para Equestrian)

Lim Heem Wei (Gymnastics)

Richard Tan (Motor Sports)

Shamsul Maidin (Football)

Adrian Mok (Triathlon)

DPM Tharman Shanmurgaratnam (Hockey)

Kristen Tan (Triathlon)

Melanie Ann Martens (Hockey)

Yip Pin Xiu (Para Swimming)

Kadir Yahaya (Football)

Melanie Ann Martens (Hockey)

Tao Yi Jun (Wushu)

Yip Pin Xiu (Para Swimming)

 

 Canagasabai Kunalan (Athletics)

Jing Junhong (Table Tennis)

Jovin Tan (Para Sailing)

DPM Tharman Shanmurgaratnam (Hockey)

Shamsul Maidin (Football)

Tao Yi Jun (Wushu)

Alan Koh Swee Wan (Athletics)

Associate Prof. Aymeric Lim (Tennis)

DPM Tharman Shanmurgaratnam (Hockey)

Dr Benedict Tan (Sailing)

Gary Yeo (Athletics)

Jane Lee (Mountaineering)

Laurentia Tan (Para Equestrian)

Mathavan Devadas (Hockey)

Melanie Ann Martens (Hockey)

Subhas Anandan (Cuesports)

Tan Wearn Haw (Sailing)

Tao Yi Jun (Wushu)


Praise for 'GAME FOR LIFE'

"Game for Life: 25 Journeys' provides inspiring real life stories of the power of sport for transforming lives. This alone makes it a wonderful read. Moreover, it goes beyond these stories by posing reflective questions that make the reader think about how sport can shape his or her life.

I believe that 'Game for Life: 25 Journeys' is not only a must read for athletes but also for sport parents and coaches. Teachers will also find the book to be a great starting point for young people to discuss what they are experiencing in sport and how these experiences can result in important life lessons. Young people will reap much more from this book if they reflect on its content and engage in discussions about their sport experiences and how those experiences are best interpreted to maximise psychological growth.

So, don't just read this book. Reflect on the questions posed and lessons that sport has taught others. Think about what sport is teaching you and discuss it with fellow participants and your coaches."

- Daniel Gould, PhD.
Professor and Director
Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
Michigan State University


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