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Get to know: Coach Wei Yin

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Get to know: Coach Wei Yin

Coach Wei Yin is the coordinator of our very successful Dragons Badminton Club programme here at UWCSEA East. The programme started in Season 2 of last academic year in 2017. With now close to 100 students taking part in the programme throughout the year, we took the opportunity to interview her to allow the community to get to know her better! And if you haven’t already... join the Dragons Badminton Club!

How long have you been involved in your sport/activity? Since I was five years old, I played on the roads outside my home.

Did you play or represent in your sport/activity? To what level? I played for school from 7 to 16 years old at the national level. From 17-18 years old, I swapped to a new sport - softball - and played at the national level. After which, I kept in touch with both sports at university and at work.

What was your training schedule like? Did you practice every day? I coach about 4-5 times a week for both UWCSEA activities and Dragons Badminton Club. I practice when I coach.

What is your fondest memory of playing/being involved in this activity? My fondest memory is playing badminton as a child with other kids. No rules, no nets, just play.

What unexpected obstacles have you had to overcome this in your sport / activity? Breaking boundaries in coaching, convincing my parents that a purpose driven job that pays less is possible, and balancing motherhood and coaching.

Why are you interested in this activity? I love the speed and finesse required, the competition, and the friendships made.

What is your current title and how long have you held this title? My current title is Mother of one, and I have held this title for one year.

What are your 3 greatest successes to date? Growing a values centered badminton community, building a family and being a mother.

What is most satisfying about your work right now? Watching the students grow in different and exciting ways across the years.

What is the greatest challenge you have ever had to overcome in your career? Instilling culture changes and building my confidence as a values first coach.
What is the best advice you have ever received? Don't take college classes that start at 8am.

What advice would you give to our students?  

“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, We will fall!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”
― Christopher Logue

Can you give us three words that best describe how you feel about your profession? Fun, fulfilling and fit.

Who is the icon that has influenced you the most? God.


15 Feb 2019
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