By Jessica Pigram and Jilyn Seah, Activities Department, East Campus
How long have you been involved in your sport / activity? I have been coaching basketball since I was 14 years old, so approximately 27 years (yes, I'm getting old...)
Did you play or represent in your sport/activity? To what level? I didn't play at a very high level. I played representative ball until I was about 16 and played Varsity (SEASAC) for my school, however I wasn't the best player in the world, so I went into coaching as the best use of my abilities and experience.
What was your training schedule like? Did you practice every day? I used to play for at least three teams every week; my school team, my club team and my rep. team. And all three teams played all through the year, which meant at least three games a week. That meant about 4-5 practices per week and minimum 3 games per week. On top of that, I would play before school, at recess, at lunch and after school before practice. I'd also shoot for 30 minutes to an hour at home after I finished my homework.
What is your fondest memory of playing / being involved in this activity? Definitely the friendships with my teammates. And especially, the fun we had when travelling and playing in tournaments.
What unexpected obstacles have you had to overcome this in your sport / activity? I was never very tall or overly athletic. So working out how to be a "smart" player was the most important thing for me. All the tricks that the short, slow guy needed to be successful in basketball.
Why are you interested in this activity? Basketball is one of the most enjoyable sports I have ever found. It's quick, it requires teams to play together, it's exciting and anyone can play. As a coach, it's also really fun because you're so close to the game, and there are some fun things you can do during a game that can really help the team. You feel like a member of the team.
What is your current title and how long have you held this title? I am the General Manager of the FastBreak Basketball Club, and have done this for the past 4 years. That means I actually run the business, as well as coaching. I have a background in business, so this lets me enjoy being a business person, but also lets me work with students, and who could complain about being able to spend most of my time watching basketball and getting paid to do it?
What are your 3 greatest successes to date? Having my two daughters, moving to Singapore and (in my old life) building a live music business in Australia.
What is most satisfying about your work right now? Helping players reach their potential over a period of years.
What is the greatest challenge you have ever had to overcome in your career? Adapting to new industries as I've changed jobs.
What is the best advice you have ever received? What advice would you give to our students? You are not defined by your grades. When you're older, nobody ever asks you what your grades were in High School. You are defined by how hard you work.
Can you give us three words that best describe how you feel about your profession? Fortunate, passionate, engaged.
Who is the icon that has influenced you the most? Steve Jobs.