Travis (front row, 2nd from right) and Ryan (back row, 3rd) with the national team
While the Singapore swimming team hogged the limelight at the 19th SEA Games in the Phillipines (30 Nov – 11 Dec 2019) with 23 Gold medals, new national and games records, and new personal best times, let’s not forget our young lads who fought with their hearts on the volleyball court.
Among them, were 2 students from TP’s School of Engineering, Travis Ang Jin Yuan and Ryan Tan Sing Kai, both from the Diploma in Mechatronics.
Training 5 days a week – and when SEA Games competition neared, 7 days a week – Travis and Ryan, who also represents Temasek Polytechnic in the sport, juggled their studies and volleyball with hearts of steel. Said Travis: "Whilst preparing for the games, we had to manage our studies with national team training as well as school training. It was tough as we were training almost every day and had to squeeze pockets of time to study and do our school assignments. It is heartening that TP was extremely supportive of our sporting aspirations and we would also like to express our gratitude to our Mechatronics lecturers who went the extra mile to help us in our studies.”
Boasting a young squad with the oldest player just 21 years of age, the Singapore team, formed only in 2018, had defied the odds in qualifying for the SEA Games by beating the 2017 Games bronze medallists, Vietnam, in the qualifying rounds.
Even though they failed to win a medal at the SEA Games, the Singapore volleyball squad are proud to have given their best for the nation. “We are honoured that we were able to don the Singapore flag and represent our nation in this prestigious international competition,” declared Ryan.
Travis (No.1) and Ryan (No.2) in action against Thailand and Vietnam respectively.