Singapore: A few nuggets worth sharing

Published on December 11th, 2013

Scuttlebutt gets sent a lot of stuff. We were reading an interview about a Singapore youth sailor, and found a few nuggets worth sharing.

* Darren Choy, 19, is sailing at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in the 470 class, a biennial multi-sport event for 11 countries of Southeast Asia. He had previously won silver at the 2012 Asian Sailing Championship and his aim is to compete at the Olympics one day.

* Darren started sailing at 9 years at the urging of his primary school teacher who asked him to try out for the school team.

* Darren says that sailing for him has changed from being all about results to now being about performing well internally and letting the results of his training pay off.

* Darren says he would get into kite-surfing if it were not banned in Singapore.

* Darren says that if he hadn’t got into sailing, he would have probably got into e-sports (ie, electronic sports).

Debrief:  Asia has a mini Olympics, kids learn to sail in the school system, they are mature, there are funny laws, and gaming is considered a sport.

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