Sports & Wellbeing

Crushing stereotypes, one cue at a time


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Cheryl Hoe at the Singapore University Games 2019/2020.

23 December 2020

As a curious teenager who wanted to try her hand at a new sport, Cheryl Hoe picked up Cuesports at the age of 17 when she was studying in a local Polytechnic. The current NUS Year 2 Business student surprised herself by being the first female NUS player to join Cuesports Singapore’s National Development Women’s Squad.

Cheryl recalled when she first started playing in professional competitions: “I was very nervous and my hands were shaking! I was emotionally attached to the games and cried when I lost my matches.”

Her love for the sports compelled her to debunk gender and social stereotypes in this male dominated sports.

She added: “Billiards, snooker and pool are often perceived as “ah beng” or “ah lian” activities in mainstream media. On the contrary, they are highly intellectual games that require strong concentration and strategy development.” Cheryl is on the path to changing that perception for Cuesports to be a respectful, sophisticated and intellectual game that it is inclusive for all gender.

A mind matters sports

To advance in her play, Cheryl trained hard under the guidance of her seniors and coaches. The game requires independent mental training and self-training is an important component. Cheryl dedicates 3 - 4 hours a week in her solo practices. She also demands self-discipline in all her sessions by switching off her mobile phone so as to intentionally focus on her drills.

This method of self-training has helped Cheryl to control her emotions and not overthinking her moves. At the same time, she has learnt to build up her confidence.

CueTrainingTraining at Cuesports Singapore under the National Women’s Development Squad.

Paving the way for female players

Undoubtedly, Cheryl has gained more attention as a female Cuesports player. As a young player, she is thankful for the support she has received along the way especially during the pandemic period. She attributed her success to her teammates and thanked TeamNUS coaches including national players - Chai Zeet Huey Charlene and Chan Keng Kwang (KK).

She said: 
I owe this to the previous NUS Cuesports Exco for organising virtual trainings even during Circuit Breaker and also our coaches, KK and Charleen for guiding and giving us tips during training.

Cheryl hopes to pave the way for many other female Cuesports players and one day represent Singapore at international competitions.

CueWomanSquadWomen’s Development Squad members with Coach David Bala.

Want to find out more?

NUS Cuesports is recruiting for their recreational and varsity teams in 2021. Join the Telegram group for updates. You can cheer Cheryl on at her next competition at U25 Tournament in January 2021.

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