TeamNUS successfully defended its title as champions of the Singapore University Games (SUniG) for the ninth consecutive year, winning the overall championship gold in 15 sports:
- Badminton (Men’s)
- Basketball (M)
- Football (M)
- Floorball (Women’s)
- Handball (W)
- Road Race (W)
- Swimming (M & W)
- Table Tennis (M & W)
- Tennis (M & W)
- Touch Football
- Volleyball (M & W)
“A culture of excellence” is what NUS women’s floorball team captain and Year 4 NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies student Westine Juay credits for the team’s SUniG win this year. The team won all six of its games against the other universities, convincingly ending a four-year gold drought.
The women’s floorball team overcame numerous challenges to emerge as champions, including recruiting up to 10 new players to fill vacancies left by team members who had graduated.
They trained by participating in the ActiveSG-Singapore Floorball Association’s Division 1 League, which pitted them against the best floorball teams in Singapore. Their hard work and commitment, together with their coach’s unorthodox tactics and emphasis on getting the small things done right, helped them to dominate the competition. The win has also secured the team’s place in the next Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic Games.
The men’s badminton team also took the gold at SUniG 2019, for the second time. The team’s last gold medal was in 2017. To get the team in winning condition, they supplemented their weekly training sessions by competing in Universiti Teknologi MARA’s International Sports Fiesta 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“This opportunity exposed us to the higher standards of other regional universities, which allowed us to refine our training methods and tactics,” explained Eng Chin An, captain of the NUS men’s badminton team and a Year 2 NUS Real Estate student.
An NUS Sports Scholar, Chin An emphasises the importance of balance for student-athletes. “NUS ensures holistic development of their student-athletes, where the skills and values we acquire from both sports and academics can be applied interchangeably. But ultimately, the responsibility still lies with us to be disciplined and prioritise our time effectively,” he shared.
SUniG, which ended earlier this month, is organised by the Singapore University Sports Council and aims to foster goodwill and friendship between university students through sports.