Celebrating Sporting Achievements

Danny Tauroa, Head of Sport and Physical Education May 10, 2019
Celebrating Sporting Achievements
GEMS Jaguars teams have ended the competitive sporting year on a high with several top three placings. Nine teams competed in season 3 from 8U Football up to 19U Netball.  Out of those nine teams, we came away with five medals:
12U Boys Football: Gold
12U Girls Football: Gold (undefeated)
14U Boys Basketball: Gold (undefeated)
13U Rugby 7s: Silver
14U Girls Basketball: Bronze
Congratulations to all players who contributed to this success for their dedication and commitment throughout the season. Of course, this success is only possible due to the efforts of our coaches and I wish to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our coaches and congratulate them on their team successes whether they received a medal or not.

Celebrating Individual Sporting Achievements

Over the past weeks, we have had several GEMS student-athletes achieving great successes in their chosen sports outside of our school teams.  I would like to highlight some of these individual achievements:
Alicia Soosai - Swimming
Alicia competed in the 62nd Malaysian Open Swimming Championships, held from 25-28 April. Alicia again performed outstandingly achieving three personal best times, including the 50m breaststroke, where she bettered the Malaysian National Age Group Record. She won a total of three gold and one bronze medal at the championships.
Go and Miri Fujimoto - Multi-event Racing
Brother and sister Go (G4) and Miri (G2) were each crowned champions at MetaSprint Series Triathlon on Sunday 28th April. In addition, Miri became a champion in all 3 MetaSprint races (Aquathlon, Duathlon, and Triathlon), and received a special trophy for "Overall Series Champion". Go and Miri both have been qualified for the GEMS SuperSprint Triathlon Invitational event.
Roger Kasmara - Taekwondo
Roger represented GEMS in the Singapore National Schools Taekwondo Championships in April. He competed in the Blue-tip category for his age group and was placed runner-up.
Ava Bowles - Football
Ava has been invited by Arsenal Football Club Girls Academy to train in the United Kingdom this summer at their academy for two weeks. This is a fantastic opportunity as a result of the dedication and hard work Ava has put into developing herself as a football player. Ava is an integral member of our girls football teams and often plays up in the older age groups. She is also a member of the GEMS Performance Athlete Program where she is developing her overall skill, fitness and conditioning.
GEMS SuperSprint Triathlon Invitational
The second annual GEMS SuperSprint Triathlon Invitational will be held on Saturday 25 May 2019 at GEMS World Academy (Singapore). This is an event is for qualifiers who finished in the Top 2 of their age category at the MetaSprint races held throughout the year. Our school campus will be transformed into a sprint triathlon course where the top junior triathletes in Singapore and South-East Asia will compete in two races to find the overall champions. World Champion and Hall of Fame Triathlete Emma Carney will be here to support the athletes, offer tips and present the trophies to the winners. Supporters and spectators are most welcome to come along for the event starting at 1.30pm.

Sport vs Exams

Often around exam time students and parents, feel that they must stop any sporting involvement to focus solely on their exams. My view has always been that if students organise their time effectively they can continue with the sport while preparing for exams and that in fact, any involvement in sport will help with their exam preparation. I would like to share an interesting article that supports a belief I have held for the many years I have been an educator. 
Further studies I have read also support the idea that cramming in the minutes immediately prior to an exam has absolutely no positive effect on a students performance in that exam. My suggestion to students has always been that rather than cramming before entering an exam they should instead engage in some type of physical exercise/activity. This will get the brain cells active and allow them to focus more on the exams. The image attached highlight the positive impact of exercise on the brain. Click here to continue reading.
Danny Tauroa
Head of Sport and Physical Education
GEMS Institute of Sport

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