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Finding the extraordinary
This blog tells the stories of our people who are on the SEA Games 2015 journey. From the management team, to organizing committee, volunteers, and our athletes, each one of them will walk a different path but ultimately it will converge towards a common goal – one of pride and glory, with dreams in hand.
23 January 2015
Senior Audit Associate & Team Singapore floorball player
My love affair with floorball began about seven years ago, which some might say is a little late in life to pick up such a physically demanding sport and play it competitively. But, if you think about it, floorball is actually a relatively new sport in Singapore.
Developed in Sweden in the 1970s, it was brought to our shores in 1994 as an activity for mass community events. In 1996, Singapore sent its first National team to compete in the 1st World Floorball Championship held in Sweden, and we were the only Asian country to participate.
Fast forward 19 years later and floorball, having grown by leaps and bounds in the local sporting scene, is set to make its first appearance in the SEA Games this year, alongside mainstay Games sports such as badminton, football and table tennis. I was very happy when I heard this news because I was part of the floorball demonstration team representing Singapore in the 2013 SEA Games, and for floorball to move from a demonstration sport to a medal event means that we put up a really good performance!
Playing floorball has taught me many life lessons. From juggling university commitments when I began playing, to managing work projects and deadlines as I train for competitions, I have learnt the importance of prioritising and giving up some bits of my social life. But I still make sure I carve out time to have fun!
I have also developed other qualities such as perseverance and the understanding that the process is just as important, or even more so, as the results. This has helped me become a more effective person, both in my personal relationships with my friends and family, and as I work together with my colleagues here in Deloitte.
I joined the Deloitte family when I graduated, and during my time here, I have made good friends who share the love of floorball with me. In fact, we come together to practice weekly after work and compete in corporate challenges representing Deloitte.
As Deloitte supports the 28th SEA Games through its sponsorship and volunteerism efforts, I would also like to participate and show my support to Deloitte and my colleagues in the same way that they have supported me. I look forward to cheering on my fellow Deloitte and Team Singapore athletes just like I know that they will undoubtedly cheer for me and my teammates when the time comes.
The 28th SEA Games squad for floorball has not been finalised, and I am training hard to earn my spot in the Games. As Singapore hosts the Games in its hallmark 50th year of independence, I am sure that the atmosphere will be electrifying, and it will be an honour to play for my country in front of my colleagues, friends and family.
I often wonder how long this love affair with floorball will last; I used to think I would be ready to retire from the sport after university and be content playing the game recreationally. But through a strange mixture of luck, of being challenged and of being in a workplace that allows me to pursue my passion, I find myself falling much deeper into the sport. I am older now and aware that I cannot be an athlete forever but for the moment, I am determined to enjoy the ride and be the best I can be.