Check out the following interview with Coach Gabriel, Gymnastics Coach at UWCSEA East Campus! Interview conducted by Jessica Pigram and Jilyn Seah, Activities Department, East Campus.
How long have you been involved in your sport/activity?
Since 1995, a total of 24 years.
Did you play or represent in your sport/activity? To what level?
I represented Singapore in International level competitions.
What was your training schedule like? Did you practice every day?
Six days which roughly equates to 24-30 hours a week.
What is your fondest memory of playing/being involved in this activity?
Training hard, going through the pain, enjoying the experience, making new friends at international competitions, and finally, standing on the podium winning for my country.
What unexpected obstacles have you had to overcome this in your sport/activity?
Lack of financial support from federation and governing bodies; challenges with inadequate training equipment and to have a permanent training venue.
Why are you interested in this activity?
Satisfaction of achieving difficult skills through hard work and perseverance, and podium finish for performing well during competition.
What is your current title?
UWCSEA East MAG Coach and Coordinator.
What are your 3 greatest successes to date?
Singapore’s first ever SEA Games IAA, Team and Pommel medalist.
Two-time Commonwealth Games Pommel finalist (2010 & 2014).
2014 Asian Games IAA finalist.
What is most satisfying about your work right now?
Seeing progress in my students; training the next generation of elite gymnasts.
What is the best advice you have ever received? What advice would you give to our students?
An opportunity only comes once.
Can you give us three words that best describe how you feel about your profession?
Hard work, Honesty, Perseverance.
Who is the icon that has influenced you the most? Li Donghua