09 Nov 2018
Athletics Newletter (November 9, 2018)

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November 09, 2018

Upcoming events

ACSIS High School Swimming @ SAS - 40 Swimmers to represent the school on Saturday 10 November in the ACSIS swim meet. Please check out more details below.

Remember - Tryouts for Season 2 sports continue next week for selected sports. Please check myStamford for more details.

Athletics News

ACSIS Cross Country - Proud is an understatement! The High School Acsis Cross Country Championships took place after rescheduling during bad weather and UWCE decided to host the event at Bedok Reservoir on the 7th of November. The High School Cross Country team prepared well and hard for this event and were ready to give it their all. The boys started at 8.30am and the girls followed at 8.35am, it was a beautiful morning and perfect run weather, sun, breeze and a bit of share under the trees. The Stamford Lions once again made the sure that they were the best-dressed team, looked neat in our white, red and blue uniforms. The route was rather challenging with one big steep hill at the 3km point, stairs to run down and still 2km flat to go. Our team gave their opposition some competition on Wednesday. We would like to give a big shout out the High School Cross Country team for their hard work and early weekday and Saturday mornings of training, you made us extremely proud. We had 2 of our runners on the podium, Maya Rostoft came 3rd of all the u16 girls and Jonathan Robbins 3rd of all the u19 boys. Overall the U19 Boys came 2nd out of 6 schools and the girls very close finished 5th. Congratulations and we look forward to welcoming you back next season, keep running!

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 Gymnastics

Our Squad of the Week is our Level 3 Junior squad. Our Level 3 Junior squad are practicing both Australian Levels Program level 3 & level 4 skills. Here are the level 3 skills they have been working on....


  • Handspring Flatback 60cm


  • From dish hold, Glide swing

  • Pullover/kickover to front support

  • Cast, toes to bar height

  • Back hip circle

  • Underswing OR Toeshoot

  • 3 x long swings to release at the back of 3rd swing


  • Jump to front support, lift leg over to straddle sit. Lift to mark clear straddle position, back to straddle sit, swing legs back to squat, stand

  • 2 x forward kicks

  • 2 x backward kicks

  • 2 x straight jumps (series)

  • Forward entry to “L” handstand

  • Passe ½ turn on one foot, ½ turn on 2 feet, releve

  • (Hold 2 secs)

  • 2-3 steps to punch jump off the end


  • Forward contraction

  • 2 x cartwheel to step in

  • Stride jump

  • Backward roll to squat on feet

  • Bridge kickover

  • Handstand forward roll

  • 2 x step kicks forwards

  • 2 x step hops

  • 2 x springs

  • ½ turn one foot + ½ turn 2 feet

These are our level 3s performing handstand on the balance beam. It may look easy, but it takes a lot of practice to perform the skill expertly without incurring any deductions. They have been supporting one another physically and mentally. Team Work Makes The Dream Work

​​Internal Grading

Next week is our internal grading week. The purpose of grading is to describe how well our gymnasts achieved the learning objectives established for the course of Season 1. It will reflect gymnasts' performance on their skills, flexibility, strength and their approach to learning.

Season 2 (26th November 2018 - 10 March 2019)

  • More information on Season 2 will be emailed to parents next week.

  • There is no need to try out again for existing student.

  • For new students who wish to join the program or come for a tryout, do email us directly.

Coach Dub and Coach Audrey are currently attending FIG Level 2 MAG and FIG Level 2 WAG coaches course respectively in Singapore. For those who don’t know, the FIG Academy is an international coaches course and accreditation conducted by international veterans/ experts that is held several times a year around the world.

Lions Tennis

We are so pleased to announce that we’ve finished our U11 season as 2ndplace in girls and 3rdplace in boys. We have noticed that after every week of training, after every match played, the kids were getting more confident and getting more in the loop in order to perform better and better in the next match, especially their eager and their attitude were in there. At the end of the day this is what it counts, how the athletes develop their skills ending up enjoying the game itself and trying their best.

Now we are about to finalize the U19 tryout week, only three more days to go: today with the girls in the afternoon and with the boys on Monday morning at 7am and Tuesday afternoon at 4.30pm. This year we are super excited about the SEASAC D2 Tennis Championships hosted by Canadian International School of Hong Kong on Thursday January 24thand Friday January 25th, 2019. Looking forward to it !!!!

This week is the last one of Lions Tennis Academy Season 1, it has been lots of fun having over 100 kids developing their skills thru games, drills, agility ladder, live ball exercises and so on. Thanks for your support, it has been amazing having your kids on board. If you are still interested in joining us in season 2, we’ll open the registration period on November 12th-24th. Season 2 will run from November 26th- February 22nd.

If you have any questions, please drop us a line to : rosa.perezdomenech@sais.edu.sg ( Rose Perez Tennis Director ) or pablo.guarinosvinals@sais.edu.sg ( Pablo Guarinos Head Coach ).

Lions Swimming

There is so much happening at Stamford Swimming at the moment:

ACSIS High School Championships - 40 Swimmers to represent the school on Saturday 10 November 6am at SAS.

  • Olympic Champion - Pernille Blum to visit Stamford Swimmers - Tuesday 13th November at 3.30pm

  • 6 Stamford Lions to compete at FINA World Cup - Thursday- Saturday 15to17th November

  • 3 Stamford Coaches Selected to World Cup Teams at The FINA World Cup

  • Coaches attend the GAINS Workshop by Vern Gabetta

  • Season 2 swimming officially begins November 10th

ACSIS High School Swimming Championships

  • Date: Saturday November 10th

  • Arrival: 6am (no later than 6:15am)

  • Venue: Singapore American School (swimmers are to meet at SAS)

  • Uniform: White Shirt, Blue Shorts, Stamford American Cap (any one piece suit/tech suits are optional)

  • Parents please wear red in support of the team.

Pernille Blume of Denmark - Olympic Champion

FINA World Cup

6 Stamford Lions Swimmers will compete at The FINA World Cup next week November 15-17th at The OCBC Aquatic Centre - National Stadium

Their schedule of events and days there competing is as below:

Stamford Lions Swim Team Coaches named to Intentional Teams.

Director of Aquatics and Head Coach Gil, Lead Coach Grace and lead Coach Liane have all been nominated and selected to serve as coaches at The FINA World Cup

  • Coach Gil will serve as the Head Coach of the Israeli Team at Singapore Final and Team Coach for Singapore

  • Coach Grace will serve as Team Coach for Singapore Club Team at The FINA World Cup Final

  • Coach Liane will serve as team Coach for Singapore Club Team at The FINA World Cup Final

Dryland Training Concepts by Vern Gambetta

Coach Gil, Grace and Leonard were invited to attend workshop delivered by Vern Gambetta - widely considered as the Guru of Strength and Conditioning Trainig in athletics. Coach Vern has helped place at least one swimmer who is involved in his sports training system on Olympic Medallist podium at the last 6 (thats over 24 years) Olympic games.

Vern has been employed by the Singapore Swimming Association to improve refine and improve the strength and conditioning of the National Team and he offerd a workshop to a few select coaches from Singapore.

The workshop was incredible and what we were able to take away from it is so valuable with the lessons will be passing on to our swimmers in order to – as per Coach Verns Mission Statement:

Instill a culture of daily physical preparation that grows and nurtures adaptable swimming athletes who understand the wisdom of their bodies, its ability to self-organize and solve movement problems. The goal is that at the end of the journey – all physical limitations are eradicated, and the swimmers are ready technically, tactically, physically and psychologically to compete to win

Season 2 begins - November 10th-January 26

Season 2 Swimming officially begins on November 10th.

There is no need to try out again - unless you are looking to move to a different squad.

Payments for Season 1 are now over due while payments for Season 2 will be due by the end of November