23 Nov 2018
Athletics Newletter (November 23, 2018)

Click on a thumbnail to enlarge

November 21, 2018

Upcoming Events

SEASAC Golf - Good luck to our top golfers who head to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to play two rounds at Royal Selangor Golf Club on Tuesday evening. They have been working hard to improve their game under the skillful guidance of PGA professional Nigel Bark. Check out more information on the tournament here.

SEASAC Cross Country - Our Cross Country team are into their final preparations for the SEASAC races on November 30 & 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Alice Smith School (KLASS) will be hosting the 2 race series.

Lions Tennis Academy - Lions Tennis Academy wanted to inform you that on November 12th thru November 24th registration period opened thru myStamford ( Lions Tennis Academy tab) to sign up with us for another fun season. Season 2 will run from November 26th- February 22nd, makeup days will be sent if needed. Total 10 weeks of action.

Any questions, you can always contact: Rose Perez ( Tennis Director ): rosa.perezdomenech@cognita.com or Pablo Guarinos ( Head Coach) pablo.guarinosvinals@cognita.com

Athletics News

SEASAC Golf - Our golf team safely arrived in Kuala Lumpur for SEASAC Tournament over the next 3 days. At the time of writing the team had just completed their practice rounds getting their distances and club selection accurate and tomorrow will take part in 18 holes of stroke play follow by the final round on Friday. Under the watchful guidance of Coach Nigel Bark and Thomas Fairclough, we wish the team every success during the tournament! See the information above for more details on the tournament.

Uniforms – All U11 to U19 athletes are required to purchase a customized, named uniform through Tsunami's online site - The site will be open on Tuesday 13 November. Here you will find the necessary uniform to purchase for your child to wear when competing for SAIS. Those students that have a uniform from last year are not required to purchase a new one. It is important to note that only those students who have been selected into the U19 teams, are required to purchase both a ‘Home’ and an ‘Away’ jersey.

Step 1: Click on the “Sports” icon, select the sport, and then the appropriate age bracket in which your child has been selected. You will see the full uniform needed for the start of the new season.

Step 2: Choose the appropriate size for each item and include his/her surname, which will then be printed on the back of their shirt. Be careful to check your spelling, as it will appear exactly as you submit it. Please note that this will be done locally.

Step 3: Ensure that you have selected both the jersey/shirt, shorts and socks (where applicable).

Step 4: Process the shopping cart for payment.

Uniforms are held at Stamford and a time will be arranged for students to try them on and find the best sizes. Please wait until your child has tried on the uniform before going online to make the purchase. For those wishing to personalise their tops, we will be using a local vendor and will take approximately 1 week from the time we collected them.

ACSIS Scheduling – We are finalizing the schedules for all the ACSIS teams. We have our customized LIONS fixtures and a results app that can be downloaded onto your phone. Click this link when viewing on your smartphone and then save as a bookmark. We encourage you to use this platform to check all relevant information about your child’s sporting life at the school.

Lions Swimming

"On the Shoulders of Giants"

The FINA World Cup - Singapore Final

7 Stamford Lions Swim Team swimmers 6 Current and 1 Alumni together with 3 Stamford Coaches qualified to compete and represent at The FINA WORLD CUP

(Last year – Stamford Lions Swim Team had 2 swimmers qualify swimming in 8 events)

This year we have more than tripled the number of athletes with 7 swimmers competing in 52 events across 3 days:

  • Minori Sato– Singapore/Japan - Grade 7

  • Minna Abraham– Hungary - Grade 8

  • Sydney Londergan– Singapore/USA - Grade 9

  • Lear Eldar – Israel/Singapore - Grade 10

  • Daniel Looi– Singapore - Grade – Grade 11

  • Max Silver– Singapore/USA - Grade 12

  • (Levente Abraham– Hungary - Stamford Alumni - has returned to study in Hungary this academic year qualified & competed in the Budapest, Hungary leg of the FINA WORLD CUP)

Stamford also had 3 (the largest number compared to any other swim team) of our coaches selected to serve as coaches at The World Cup:

  • Coach Grace – Singapore Club Coach

  • Coach Liane – Singapore Club Coach

  • Coach Gil – Dual role of Israel Head Coach & Singapore Coach

These young swimmers with their teammates and coaches worked relentlessly for 9 swim & 1 Gym session a week for 16 weeks including an intensive Fall Break focused Training Camp where they swam over 60000m in that week in order to pursue excellence in striving to reach their goal times, all the while staying on top of their academics and not slipping up once from homework, assignments and assessments that were due at the same time.

The support of a sports psychologist as well as one of the Singapore National Team Strength & Conditioning Coaches and in house Chiropractor together with my team of coaches here at Stamford all working collaboratively with the students – culminated in Stamford Lions swimming with composure, poise and a fearless focus not only in the execution of their races but also in surpassing many of their long term dream times. The back end support of the academic and administrative teams of; of principals, teachers and administrators with their patience, interest in the event and co-operation in helping these student athletes remain on track with their academics was immensely helpful to all involved for a World Class event such as this. Thank you.

The experience was immense. Lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom or at home but only through experience at the highest level including learning to deal with the lights and tv cameras, interviewers and celebrities in the sport, meeting past and current champions, FINA officials, how to deal with drug testing, corporate branding technicalities, the stress and anxiety of the call waiting rooms and swimming with and against the world’s finest athletes…

Joseph Schooling (Singapore Olympic Champion),Kyle Chalmers (Australia – Olympic Champion), Mack Horton (Australia – Olympic Champion),Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden Olympic Champion, World Champion, World Cup,) Pernille Blum (Denmark – Olympic Champion), Katinka Hosszu ( Hungarian Olympic Champion, World Champion, World Cup Champion and OR, WR, WC Record Holder),Emily Seebohm (Australia - Olympic and World Champion), Michael Andrew (USA - World Champion), Alia Atkinson (Jamaica - World Record Holder) ...

Mimi– 12 year old – Grade 7, was the fastest Singapore swimmer in the 800m freestyle race finishing in an extraordinary 11thplace overall. Mimi is now regarded as one of Singapore’s most exciting freestylers competing in every distance, the 50m,100,200,400m and 800m races. Mimi swam against the 31year old Dutch Olympic Champion, Femke Heemskerk, in her 800m race and finished 3rdwhilst being almost 20 years younger than the Olympic Champion and one of the youngest swimmers in that event at age 12.

Minna 12 year old – Grade 8, in her first national team selection representing Hungary, was exceptionally fast in the sprint events posting times that have her way ahead of the curve in terms of speed and ability and skill relative to her age. She has it all – incredible torque and upfront sprint speed – supported by a massive capacity for endurance events across all 4 strokes. Minna’s speed off the blocks and underwater streamlining ability had her leading almost every race she swam in and touching first on her heats.

​​Sydney– 14 year old – Grade 9, showed her endurance, courage and strength in swimming an incredible 10 races and was magnificent across the grueling 400m individual Medley race and 200m Butterfly races with 10 and 8 sec drops respectively. She also led out our medley relay team less than 4minutes after having completed her 200m Individual Medley race and with no recovery time permitted in between the 2 events.

​​Lear–15year old – Grade 10, in his first national team selection representing his home country Israel had an insane 42sec time improvement on the 1500m freestyle and then within an hour of completing that race dived back in shortly afterward to compete the 200m Butterfly where he improved another 10sec. he swam across 9 individual events including 2 timed finals over 3 days.

Daniel – 17 year old – Grade 11, retained his position as Singapore’s finest 400 Individual Medley Swimmer and one of the best 3 in the Breaststroke events across all the distances in both short course and long course meters from 50m,100m and 200m. Daniel, continuing along this curve of improvement looks set to qualify for the Olympic Trials for the Singapore National team and, once there – anything is possible!!

​​Max – 17 year old – Grade 12, had superb time drops whilst competing beside Joseph Schooling in the Butterfly event, and Kyle Chalmers in the Freestyle Event. His finest event was the 200m freestyle with a significant improvement in time. As arguably the hardest working athlete in the team – his ethic and commitment to grinding out the miles has led to him putting down some times that will be attractive to USA College coaches looking to recruit swimmers to their university teams.

The FINA Swimming World Cup is an international series of 7 swim meets:

#1 Kazan-Russia, #2 Doha-Qatar, #3 Eindhoven–Netherlands, #4 Budapest–Hungary, #5 Beijing-China, #6 Tokyo–Japan, #7 Singapore–Singapore) organized by FINA, the International Federation for swimming.

The series was started in the 1988/1989, and is contested by the Olympic and World Champions, Olympic and World Record Holders and swimmers at the forefront of international competition attempting World Championship and Olympic qualification times and placings on their respective National and Olympic teams.

The World Cup Champion is crowned at the final leg of the series – in Singapore.

385 of the very best swimmers from 39 countries competed at The Singapore World Cup including:

Champion and OR,WR, WC Record Holder) ,

The meet was held at The OCBC Aquatic Centre -the 3,000-seat OCBC Aquatic Centre is a world class facility that caters to both the general public and elite athletes.

I could not be more proud of these student-athletes. Their work ethic, commitment, the sacrifices they made, their disciplined goal orientated approach, pride in representing their team, their school, their countries, their families and most importantly of all …themselves really shone through. Marrying the old school concept of hard work with the new age growth mindset and process focused approach has taught them that absolutely anything is possible and that when opportunities arise – to grab them with both hands and make the most of them.

Over the last 16 weeks, I have learnt so much and experienced firsthand – what the Hollywood/Disney movies depict so well - the limitless capacity of human ambition and spirit. This event and our young student-athletes have opened themselves, the team, the school and me to another global dimension in one of swimming''s highest levels of competition.

“I have seen further through standing on the shoulders of these giants”

What an immense privilege it is to work with the student-athletes of the Stamford Lions Swim Team.

My sincere gratitude and immense congratulations to all involved.

Lions Gymnastics

Our Internal Grading has come to an end. Everyone is excited with Season 2 which kick off next week. We also celebrated our Head Coach Joy birthday!

Emails have been sent out to parents on the details for Season 2. If you did not receive any emails or informations do email us. Here are the lesson dates for Season 2.

Lions Tennis

Lions Tennis Academy is ready to kick off season 2 next Monday on November 26th - February 22nd. If you are ready for action and ready to have a great time playing tennis, do not miss your chance and sign in thru Lions Tennis Academy tab, we'll be happy to assist you.

We wanted to share with you all the type of balls and equipment we use in our tennis program depend ending on level and age the player has for his proper tennis development. The main difference is the bounce of the tennis ball ( slower or faster ). This piece is very significant for the kids in order to learn how to play tennis and manage the tempos and technique way better. Thanks to our sponsor HEAD, we have all these types of tennis balls and also for the U14 and U19 Tennis teams we use high balls ( yellow ).

The size of the tennis racquet is an important aspect too. If the racquet is too have or too long for the kid, he won't be able to handle it and will get bad habits, also he might get injured. Therefore if you have any questions about this matter, please don't hesitate to contact us, we'll be happy to assist you.

In short, coming to the tennis session with a proper racquet, playing with the right tennis balls ( either red, orange, green or yellow ), using equipment, suncream, water, cap and wearing tennis shoes, all these will lead to get much more benefit from the tennis session. Think about all this the day before your tennis session is scheduled, eventually it will become a habit which will lead to a very positive impact in your tennis development.