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A chat with our bocce coaches – Shin Leong and Florence

posted May 7, 2017, 5:03 AM by West End Project   [ updated May 7, 2017, 9:03 PM ]

In this short chat, our bocce coaches share the importance of having combined trainings for the upcoming Special Olympics National Games. Combined trainings are trainings where athletes from all the different projects come together for trainings.

Interviewer: How long have you been helping out with Special Olympics for MINDS MYG?

Shin Leong:  It’s my second time helping out with Special Olympics. The last time I helped out, I was a coach. (This time, Shin Leong is the Head Coach for Bocce).

Shin Leong (in grey shirt) coaching one of the trainees.


Florence: It’ my first time.

Florence (in white shirt) coaching one of the trainees. 

Interviewer: Why did you want to be a coach?

Shin Leong: The sense of satisfaction and achievement I feel when the trainees do well keeps me going.

Florence (laughs): I was ‘arrowed’ by my daughter. She heard from Shin Leong that it will require 5 months of commitment and she said “Mummy can!”

Interviewer: What do you think about combined trainings?

Shin Leong: With our own projects’ trainees, we are very strict and we treat them like our own children, even when we “scold” them. However, during combined trainings, we tend to be more objective and encouraging, partially because we don’t really know the other trainees as well as we know our own.

Florence: During combined trainings, I am able to witness how some of trainees (from other projects) improve, like Jia Yan from Fernvale. It’s satisfying. I think combined trainings are opportunities where coaches can share expertise with more of our trainees.

Interviewer: What do you think of our competition squad?

Shin Leong: I feel that we have a good team this year and they have chance of winning prizes with their throws after going through so many trainings. 

Florence: I think we have a good mix of both young and old, male and female athletes. I think ultimately, we would like people to realize that bocce is an inclusive game, a game that everyone can participate in.

Interviewer: Anything else you would like to share?

Shin Leong: One of our trainees, Siew Phang from BKTG, gets the most scolding from us. But surprisingly when his caregiver asked him about his trainings at the end of the day, he has always told them that he enjoys bocce trainings very much.

Florence: I think bocce is a good sport as we can get trainees who are gaining weight to exercise, and this pushes them to exercise in a fun way.


With only two more weeks left, the team has just one combined training left. Let’s wish them all the best!