2010 SDSC invitational Series Meet (Credit: Banner courtesy of SDSC)
It’s not secret that the current local athletic calendar lack races, in terms of quantity and quality.
Sprint Dynamic, a local sports consultancy, have stepped up to the plate, chipping in their own small way trying to bring back our former glory days of athletics
The firm headed by former national athlete, turned coach, Mr. Tan Wei Leong, has started a series meet.
With this, aside from the mainstay SAA’s sanctioned meets, athletes have another opportunity to put their hard training to the test.
The 2010 SDSC invitational Series Meet to be held this 11th September, which started in 2008, is now in its 3rd year.
It has grown in stature. A success by its own, and growing in participation at each edition, the SDSC Meet has even offered prize money and a challenge trophy for top teams.
I spoke to Mr. Tan Wei Leong briefly regarding the meet, and SDSC:
How did the meet started?
The first SDSC Invitational Meet was held in February, 2008 at Singapore Polytechnic stadium. It was sponsored by United World College. This year’s edition is the series’ third.
SDSC Invitational purpose and objective?
The first meet was aimed at offering athletes of the diverse and growing SDSC family a chance to get together in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It also presented an additional opportunity for them to compete and help SDSC coaches gauge the progress of their charges. During the second meet, Malaysian athletes participated as guests, showcasing their talent and giving SDSC athletes an added push.
In its 2010 edition, teams from Singapore’s universities, polytechnics and clubs have been invited. A team from the Nordin Jadin Club of Malaysia will also compete. To promote competition, all-round development and teamwork, teams will compete for the S$1,200 cash prize and the challenge trophy to be awarded the best team.
This meet offers the last tune-up opportunity for Singapore’s national athletes to qualify for international Games at the Singapore Open meet the following weekend. For athletes from tertiary institutions, if offers a heads-up of the competition at the upcoming Inter-Varsity and POL-ITE Games. And junior athletes, parents, teachers and volunteers can enjoy the carnival atmosphere while gaining experience of running a meet.
What is SDSC. A background of SDSC, its formation and future plans.
Team SDSC. Tan Wei Leong seen top right in the picture (Credit: Photo courtesy of SDSC)
Sprint Dynamic Sports Consultancy (SDSC) was founded by Tan Wei Leong, who is SDSC’s Chief Coach. SDSC’s team of qualified coaches offers professional track and field coaching services to schools, organizations and individuals, who comprise the SDSC family. The SDSC motto is “Challenge Yourself”, which embodies SDSC’s proactive and holistic approach to coaching.
Beyond recognizing, developing and unveiling the full athletic abilities of its athletes, SDSC constantly employs athletics training as a vehicle to inculcate the enduring values of national pride, sportsmanship, responsibility, respect, discipline and caring for others upon its charges. Thus SDSC’s ultimate goal is to help nurture wholesome and healthy adults, parents and citizens of Singapore.
Aside from the local entries, another reason for its popularity is the inclusion of the Malaysian teams.
The Nordin Jadin Club has several Malaysian national members in its squad, and will provide stiff competition to our local lads. For the clueless Nordin Jadin, now a coach, was Malaysia former 400m record holder with a blistering time of 46.56 seconds.
Come September 11th at Innova Junior College, teams and schools such as Nordin Jadin Club, NUS, Wings Athletic Club, United World College, Tanglin Trust School to the local polytechnics will be battling it out for top prize.
So come down and support this local meet. Do spread the word.
2010 SDSC invitational Series Meet Info
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Date: 11th September, 8am to 11am
Location: Innova Junior College
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