Sideline News August September 2015
Sideline News is a short write-up of the happenings in the sporting eco-system that SSI plays a part in. Read on below for more details!
SSI Get-Together Day - 29 July 2015
A much deserved get-together for the 128 strong SSI staff, post SEA Games at the KF1 Circuit! Congratulations to all who participated and a real treat to the team who are usually the ones finetuning the athletes engines! But it wasnt long before the team got back into the swing of things supporting Team Singapore at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships AUGUST 25-30. Check out the excellent recovery food pic below!
FINA World Junior Swimming Championships AUGUST 25-30
Since the finish of the SEA Games, the SSI has had the privilege of an influx of visitors keen to find out more about the engine behind Team Singapore. Some of the visiting groups included the CEO of the Spartan Race, the Economic Development Board, the Workplace Safety and Health Council, students from NIE, Senior Teachers from MOE and students visiting on behalf of the Total Defense initiative. Based on the feedback received from the students during the SSI Tour, the general feel was that they felt inspired when Team Singapore athletes showed fighting spirit and resilience, regardless whether they won a medal or not and the importance of showing sportsmanship both and off the field - great stuff! Some pics below:
Special SSI Engagements
23 August: SSI – F1 – SIA Engagement
The SSI was proud to be part of the SIA “Paper Plane Challenge”, made possible through the use of the SSI Bio-mechanics Radar Gun to measure the speed of the Paper Planes.
12 Sep: The SSI was proud to be part of the proceedings of the 12th Singapore Open Gymnastics Championships with Chief (SSI), Bob Gambardella the GOH.
18 Sep: SSI – WTA: In tandem with the Tennis Taskforce, SSI received WTA star Caroline Wozniacki in a meet, greet and share session and then a sports science video analysis session in the Bio-mechanics area
SSI Preparing Team Singapore for the Asean Para Games
Along with the storage of Team Equipment and the conversion of the SSI Bio-Mechanics lab into a training facility for APG Table Tennis on an almost nightly basis, 2 workshops (4 sessions in total) have been conducted with the entire Team Singapore contingent for the Asean Para Games. The agenda of the workshops was to help the athletes (many of whom were first time debutantes) understand about the rigours of the games, the Medical and WADA requirements as well as sports nutrition and how to have the right frame of mind in preparation for competition as well as overall mental strength for life challenges. Check out the pics below!
Another special project of note is the new Boccia ramp designed for benefits such as reduced friction and improved shot accuracy - intended for eventual use in 2016 - a result of a partnership between SSI Sports Scientist, Edwin Chong and Nanyang Polytechnic.The collaboration with NYP was initiated to overcome two main challenges faced by Team Singapore Boccia parathlete, Ms Nurul Taha, and her assistant. They are: (a) time consuming and difficulty in setting up, operating and dismantling of ramp, and (b) inconsistency in ball placements and the lack of control over each shot. Edwin and team constantly sought feedback from Nurul on the design and her inputs were key in refining the design.
SSI on Social Media
The SSI has released a promotional video about the SSI, thanks to all the athletes who pitched in to help! Check it out at https://youtu.be/S7GY_woMPqA
SSI on Instagram
The SSI is proud to launch the following hash tags:
#ssisportsscience (including bio-mechanics, sports physiology etc)
#ssistrong (gym, strength and conditioning work)
#ssidelish (SSI Sports Nutrition)
#ssithenewpartnership (focusing on the organisational partnership between SSI and NSA's)
Feel free to use the above hashtags to show your hardwork (pictures and videos) behind the scenes. From 1 August, each weekday morning the SSI Instagram monitor will refresh to feature the newest uploads! Be sure to check it out! Reminders of the hashtags have been surreptitiously placed around the SSI! What are you waiting for - get hash tagging!
SSI Signature Wall & Track and Field Remote Controlled Car
You may have already noticed the new features in Room 3 of the SSI (facing outwards): The SSI Signature Wall and the Remote Controlled Volvo Car used to retrieve items at Track and Field. The SSI Signature Wall is currently being populated by sporting luminaries and visitors and is a visual reminder of the sporting legacy of Singapore and a testament to the constant evolution of the sporting ecosystem. A recent signature is of Mr Tan Howe Liang, Singapores first Olympic medallist! See who else you can find!