Lunging to retrieve a shot in the Dymon Asia 2021 Squash Circuit Finals, 6 March 2021, Kallang Squash Centre.
25 March 2021
There’s something about hitting a ball against a wall in an enclosed space and alleviating stress. A game of squash with friends can enhance and even amplify the stress-relieving effect.
With Jia Shen Nur Ad Din’s passion for squash and support from his coach and friends, he participated in the “Dymon Asia 2021 Squash Circuit” organised by the Singapore Squash Rackets Association (SSRA). The event took place from 27 February – 6 March 2021 at the Kallang Squash Centre.
A lot of focus and hard work had been put into the game. He even outperformed two national players to clinch the first place in the Division 1 category. How did Jia Shen do it against the odds? Here’s his game plan and he hopes that you too can pick up a tip or two and apply it to your student life.
Jia Shen Nur Ad Din’s Game Plan:
1) Staying disciplined
During the training period, concentrate on your performance and manage your time well. That means prioritising the time to train while juggling a full-time internship, coaching students and maintaining a meaningful social life. Be strict managing your calendar. Plan ahead.
Serving during the Inter-hall Games, Jan 2020, University Sports Centre.
2) Adapting to new norms
Different court conditions and play styles are important especially at a competitive level where small differences can change the course of a match. Off the court, it was crucial to adapt to the new norms and routines as a result of COVID-19. The absence of cheering and the electric atmosphere of a crowded stadium may dampen the competition atmosphere, but nonetheless, strive to perform your best. Be flexible and have an open mind.
Safety measures in place at the Kallang Squash Centre.
Playing a volley against Mark Lee (national trainee) in the semis, 4 March, Kallang Squash Centre.
3) Finding support
Due to the limited number of people permitted on the premises, game proceedings had to continue without an instructor. Thankfully, Samuel Kang, NUS Squash coach, advised me in between games. This helped with focusing and reaffirming the game plan. It’s okay to reach out and ask for help.
Jia Shen made three consecutive upsets in quarters, semis and finals. He now has a renewed belief that he can take on national trainees with these three recent learnings. He reminds his peers “Remember to enjoy the game as well!”
Prize presentation in Division 1 category, 6 March, Kallang Squash Centre.
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