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“You have straight As? Too one-dimensional” – US university admission officers

"So it’s a wakeup call. Our students getting straight As are insufficient and in some cases can actually be a hindrance. So getting the three As and the one B, plus representing Singapore at the Singapore school level, are probably better than getting straight As," said Mr Richard Seow.

By |2017-12-24T20:14:09+00:00November 12th, 2017|Industry in Motion|0 Comments

How do they train youth players at Ajax football club? They learn judo

At AFC Ajax, youth footballers spend 50 percent of their time on football. The other 50 percent? They learn other sports. Only as they age do they gradually specialise on football.

By |2017-11-09T12:22:04+00:00November 9th, 2017|Body in Motion, Industry in Motion|0 Comments

Are you picking talented youth? Or just the older player? Beware the Relative Age Effect

We see a group of primary school boys playing football. We think we can spot who is more talented. In actual fact, all we may be doing is just picking the older boy.

By |2017-11-08T09:37:33+00:00November 6th, 2017|Body in Motion|0 Comments

British performance pathway planning – the grind behind the gold

At their home Olympics in 2012, Great Britain, with 541 athletes, won 29 gold, and 65 medals in total, to finish third on the medal table. While countries will fade away after a home games, remarkably, the British went to Rio in 2016, and with a smaller contingent of 366 athletes, won 27 gold, and two more medals in total, to finish second.

By |2017-11-06T17:51:45+00:00November 6th, 2017|Industry in Motion|0 Comments

“By age 8-9, many of our youth athletes are playing only one sport throughout the year. For a small country like ours, this is sub optimal” – Richard Seow

Mr Richard Seow, Chairman of Sport Singapore, was speaking at the opening of the 2017 Youth Athlete Development Conference organised by the National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI) on Friday, Nov 3, 2017, at *SCAPE.

By |2018-03-07T16:34:15+00:00November 5th, 2017|Industry in Motion|0 Comments

Skateboarding, sport climbing, BMX, 3×3 basketball are now Olympic sports – what should Singapore do?

Over 200 participants took the opportunity to discuss urban youth sports at the Youth Athlete Development Conference.

By |2017-11-06T17:52:37+00:00November 5th, 2017|Industry in Motion|0 Comments

How can Singapore keep late developing sport talents in our system? Bio-banding

We have all seen it before – two boys of the same age but one is much bigger than the other. Why? The rate of biological maturation – the two boys grow at different rates. The result? The early developer is usually chosen for the school team over the late developer.

By |2017-11-05T15:12:53+00:00November 5th, 2017|Body in Motion, Industry in Motion|0 Comments