NYSI TOP Athlete Programme Selection Trials at ITE College West
Nur Dyana Binte Abu Bakar (in black), NYSI Athlete Life executive, explaining the test results to a participant.
The National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI) brought the TOP Athlete Programme Selection Trials to the ITE College West on 2 April 2019 to allow ITE students the opportunity to try out for the programme. The selection trials were held on the sidelines of the ITE College West CCA Fair.
A total of 50 students signed up and went through five tests – the 20m sprint, 6-second Wattbike test, vertical jump, grip strength, and pull ups. Students who came in first for each station were given an NYSI premium. Seven ITE College West students from Higher Nitec in Sport Management also provided assistance in conducting the tests.
Cheryl Ng, 17, a track and field student-athlete, came in top three in all five tests and emerged first in the 6-second Wattbike and 20m sprints. “This is my second time participating after the trials at the National Stadium. I wanted to try again to better my results from the previous trials, and I just gave my best,” she shared.
“This is a good platform for me to see where my potential is. I came down after hearing about this programme via the school. It is definitely a great opportunity for me to try the stations out and see the level I’m at,” said Ogano Ong, 18, a rock climbing student-athlete who came in second in the pull-up station.
Yeo Wei Zhi, 19, an Ultimate Frisbee student-athlete, also wanted to try out after hearing about the programme. “I heard about the trials at the National Stadium, but I couldn't make it, so it’s good that this programme was brought to my school. I am curious about my fitness level and wanted to give this challenge a shot,” he said.
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Tan Jing Wen (in black), NYSI Talent Identification and Development Executive, preparing a participant for the vertical jump test.
Dylan Pereira (right), Higher Nitec in Sport Management student, conducting the 6-second Wattbike test.
A participant taking part in the 20m sprint test.
Tan Jing Wen (left) overseeing a participant trying out the vertical jump station.