Sideline News October November 2015

The sporting ecosystem is alive and kicking! The camaraderie of Team Singapore is continuing to grow and a number of talks, visits and events pepper an already full to the brim sports landscape! Sideline news is a short write-up of some of the happenings in the sporting eco-system that SSI plays a part in.

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Technical Talks on Kayaking Periodization and Technique by World Class Experts

On two Saturdays in October, the Singapore Sports Institute was proud to host two world class Kayaking coaches, Mr Viktor Huvos (coach for the current world champion 200m K2 (2015) and many other Hungarian national paddlers) and Mr Laszlo Babella (a coaching legend, who has more than 50 years of coaching experience with Olympic and world champions). The seminars focused on the topics of Periodization for world-class kayakers and Kayak Techniques (with demonstration on ergometers). 

Viktor Balascz

Viktor Huvos at the SSI

Asean Basketball League 

The Singapore first home game of the 2015-16 ABL season commenced on 8 November and SSI was proud to be supporting the Slingers with Sports Medicine and preparation! Go Slingers! 

SSI supporting Singapore Slingers ABL

SSI Sports Trainer, Darwis behind the scenes with the Singapore Slingers.

SSI Networking Tea Sessions

In late October, the SSI hosted a number of partners from around the sports science community who have benefited from SSI funding specific to the sports science projects. The session saw updates on 6 sports science initiatives taking place, as well as a good opportunity to rub shoulders and share food with like-minded sports science focused individuals from various institutions. 

SSI Innovation Session

Head of SSI Sports Science explains the findings of the preliminary SSI Altitude House 

Cirque Du Soleil TOTEM

SSI was happy to host a visit from a delegation from Cirque Du Soleil production, TOTEM, Head Coach, Beau Sydes, Head Physiotherapist, Brett Whyborn and Sports Physio/Masseuse, Angela. In a reciprocal visit, the SSI was hosted backstage at TOTEM and the discussion about the overlap between sports high performance and artistic expression by ex-athletes, inquiries about exercise and warm-up protocols and video analysis utilisation was riveting!

Friends from Cirque du Soleil

L to R - Brett, Angie and Beau from TOTEM at the SSI


SSI Representatives backstage at TOTEM

SSI Visit by ex-Managing Director, Jim Page, USA Olympic Committee

Jim Page, ex-MD of the USA Olympic Committee in charge of Sports Performance was in Singapore and took the time to visit the SSI facilities and meet staff. During his 18 year tenure at the USOC, he was responsible for a record 34 Gold Medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake and a record haul of 2013 medals won in Athens at the Summer Olympics to lead the medal count. A true honor to have such a sports high performance luminary grace the halls of the SSI. 

Jim Page, former USOC MD visits the SSI

L-R Jim Page visiting the SSI, with Chief(SSI) Robert Gambardella and Troy Engle, Director (Coach Development)

Womens Tennis Association Finals

Hot on the heels of the engagement session between WTA Star, Caroline Wozniacki and the sports community in September, the stars were out on display and the Sportshub was in full WTA regalia. SSI was proud to host visits by various WTA officials and participants in the Rising Stars tennis tournaments. Inspirational to see Tennis thriving at all levels.  

WTA Marketing

Indoor Stadium emblazoned with the WTA Finals branding.

Young Tennis Players doing a selfie

Young Tennis players from around the region took the time to visit the SSI during the WTA Finals.

Preparing for the 8th Asean Paragames

The last few months have seen a variety of workshops with a focus on nutrition, medicine etc preparatory talks for games administration and team building in view of the Para Games in December. Two memorable events which took place over early and mid November were the 1) APG Team Singapore Camp - where athletes participating at the APG went through team building sessions and mingling with the SEA Games athletes in a journey to better understand their role in inspiring the community and 2) Nutrition Workshops for Cerebral Palsy Football - where the athletes were put through a Master Chef Challenge for better understanding of nutrition and team building. SSI - 100% behind Team Singapore at the ASEAN Para-games! 

Team Singapore together for the APG TS Camp

Team Singapore mingling in a shared artwork

Team Singapore CP Football Masterchef Challenge

Cerebral Palsy Team Singapore Football Team at the SSI Sports Nutrition Workshop

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