Wednesday, 31 October 2007

People Association S.T.A.R Trainer

*Drum rolls..............................*

I am proud to present myself to you as a *Drum rolls again............* S.T.A.R Trainer from the PEOPLE ASSOCIATION!

It's an important milestone for me! Being a trainer with a reputable and well-managed organization like the PEOPLE ASSOCIATION a.k.a PA. It's where I would really want to give back to the community.

And of course, like any organization, they would always want the best of the best trainers in the industry. *know wat i mean?* =p and for the PA, they wan their trainers to be S.T.A.R! Sorry, cant revel much, but all I can say is... I'm becoming a Superstar Swimming Coach....

Can't say how proud I am of myself... But I am!

The Superstar Swimming Coach of tomorrow. =D

Friday, 26 October 2007

Voices of children

1st of all.... Allow me to apologise for not blogging for the past weeks. I suddenly realised that there are actually a handful loyal readers out there... You know who you are... So.... Thank you! And also...

So.... on today's topic... Voices of children.... You know... sometimes when a GROUP of kids get together... the decibel just seems to increase... Some might love it, so might feel that their voices are so noisy that they almost break down.... For me... I simply love it!

If someone were to tell me, excitment can be felt thru swimming. I would believe that! Just take a look @ the photos. =)

My favourite and most well taken photo so far. The photo shows how lively the water is, coupled with the happy expression of children. Man.. I'm gonna to send this photo for a competition some day! haha...

Friday, 12 October 2007

About Jerry

Someone said this to me... "Why is your blog all about swimming? I don't want to know about your swimming stuff... I want to know about your privacy life!"

Haha...1st of all.... Swimming takes up 90% of my life. At least for now, there is no love that is greater to overtake swimming and teaching.... So, u noe my marital status... =p I simply love these two. As for now, Swimming + teaching + Kids are the loves of my life now. =) I'm really doing something that I love doing it. Something that I place my heart and soul into it...

For the majority and the questions that I'm often being asked... How qualified am I? Here are the following...

I used to serve as a lifeguard for the following clubs

- Keppel Country Club
- Temasek Country Club
- Fort Canning Country Club
- Cosata Sand Resorts, East Coast
- NTUC Chalet, Pasir Ris
- SAFRA Yishun
- SAFRA Tampines

Also, during my Army days... I was also a lifeguard.

My professional qualifications are as follows:

- National Registry of Coaches (NROC) coach
- National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) Theory Level 2 Coach
- National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) Technical Level 1 Coach
- Singapore Sports Council Certified Swimming Instructor
- St.John Ambulance Qualified First Aider
- Padi Open water Diver

In 2007, I was given an opportunity and invited to KUWAIT (Middle East) to serve as their swimming coach. But I rejected that offer. It was a very difficult decision between exploring the world and staying with my family and students back at home. I choose the latter. Reasons? I guess, that will be 1 long entry! So, I will write about it when I have the time. =) The main point is... I was given a very good opportunity over to KUWAIT! =D

All right... Enough about my "professional qualifications", now a sneak preview into my privacy... I think alot of people will get shocked by what they are going to read....

Other than doing sports on a daily basis, I play the saxophone (its a dream since I was alittle kid to play the sax) I must admit that I'm not really that fantasic but I play for lesuire.

I took up the saxophone to nuture my patience... And it really helps when most kids now adays learn music.. It makes me easier to communicate to them... See, these are little things that I go the extra mile for the kids....

One kid said this to me.... "Oh, Jerry.. That means the head breathing and the hands must have the correct timing together when I recover? It's just like my piano.. Must have the same timing" His timing refers to beats in music I believe...

Then again... I must admit my musical senses are really bad... I guess I get exposed to music at too late an age. =D Anyway... the image of Jerry playing the saxophone doesn't seem really right... So... haha

That's all for the preview! Will write 1 more entry in a few days time... =p Yum yum...

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Triathlete to be...

Phip from Canada... He's a great man! And a very respectable man.....

I admire his courage in preparation for his 1st triathlon.... It's sad that he wouldn't be having his triathlon here in singapore... I mean... it be such a great feeling to swim, cycle and run side by side with someone I coached.... But... nevertheless... I wish him all the best in his pursuit for his very 1st triathlon in Canada which I guess will be in next summer....

Well, if I have the chance or money.. I would like to join you over there! I've never been to Canada. So, I wonder how would it be like to have a race over there... esp when he told me about snow and snowboarding over there... Coolz~

Well... Like always, good times dun remain too long don't they? He's leaving for France this month to complete his MBA studies..... I sincerely wish him all the best and I'm glad that he's strokes have improved and he can do longer distance....

Nice having you as my student Philp! All the best! Good luck!

Monday, 8 October 2007

My Coach My Hero

Ever saw those ZO Cards/post cards that has those movies on it?

There is 1 for coaches too! And I recieved 1 too! =p

Oh...... Isn't tat sweet!?
And thanks to the kind folks @ Singapore SPorts Council... They gave every coach a nice shirt... =p

Monday, 1 October 2007

Happy Children's day!!!


1st of all.... I really liked to thank all the parents for the help in making this year children day a success.... We would never have make this event a success if not for the food you guys brought.... The chicken wings, the satays, the otahs, the fish balls, the bee hoons, the hot dogs, the home made agar agar and not forgetting the drinks & desserts!! Thanks....

I'm really glad that I have so many supporting parents around who are willing to spend their sundays with their kids swimming coach. Haha... It sounds funny... but hey, it was a fun day for the kids!!

It was a crazy night... With so many kids running around... I can hardly keep them in places.... No kids could sit still for 5mins... Trust me, that's true!! 1 parent said to me... "Jerry... u r like a honey... see, wherever you go... all the kids follows... And today, you are the parent, cause what we say, they dun listen.. but what you say... they all listen..."

Haha...As if!! Look at how they bully me!!

Here are some photos for you to enjoy..... From the preparation of the children's day to the day itself... Look @ how crazy things were and how thoughtful this coach has been... hee... =p

Getting ready for the big event in a very tidy manner...

The tibits for the kids....
Their presents that their coach has choosen for them with thoughts...
On my front are their presents... @ the back, are their goodie bags in boxes!
The chalet for Our Children's Day Party 2007

This is the bbq pit. We booked 1 room hence we are entitled to just 1 pit, but it was just too small for us~ Hence, we used a second one on the right! And guess what? The manager came but luckily, he was very understanding and helped us make the neccesary arrangements... Over here, I would like to thank you for helping us make our children day's a pleasent one! Thank you!

The highlights of our event.... Fire sparklers!!

The kids just know how to play....

Running everywhere with the sparkles... Hee...

The parents having a nice break as they enjoy a moment of peace from the kids.. So, where are the kids!? =D
Kerstin and Desmond are pri 5 this year.... which suddenly strike me... I was in Pri 5 too!!
12 years ago... Not too old rite... =p

In case you are wondering what they are looking at... Its Jerry the Magician!
They are queing up for their beloved stuff... with half of the group already gone to play! So, this is just half the queue! When it comes to play... The kids help each other.. and not their teacher... Hee... My 1st batch of swimmers. From non-swimmers to swimmers.... I watched them grow... Parties are never fun without a group photo!

It's a children day's party. How can we missed out the big children!! 12 years ago.. we were in Pri 5! It's heartwarming to see all my long time friends doing well in life... And 1 of our pilot is leaving to the states for 3 years to train his flying skills... So, it was also a farewell party for him.. All the best Wei Hang!

Last but not least... The most important person behind the scene... My parents! All these were possible with their help... In a big company, they would be under the logistics department... Hee.. They were the ones who got all the bbq stuff, making sure the drinks were enough, the charcoal, the food etc were in places.... My mum was the sponsor for the curry for the 3rd year running. And my dad was the runner... Running here and there to get more cups, drinks, charcoal and ice... Thanks mum & dad!

Luckily this year, there was no rain!! We are really very lucky!!! Lookin forward to next year children day's party!!! Over here, I would like to thank everyone who has took time off their busy schedule to attend our Children Day's Party. Without your help and effort, the kids would never had so much fun. Thanks for all the support... SO here it goes...