Report on IOC/NOC Leadership Training for Women in Sport for Asia

Xuan Yi (in black) and Chin Sim (far right) in Cambodia. Photo: Dr Teoh Chin Sim

12 Jan 2015

Report on IOC/NOC Leadership Training for Women in Sport for Asia, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 8-11 January 17, 2015 by Ms Ang Xuan Yi

It has been an incredible experience representing Singapore in the IOC Women and Sports Seminar 2015 in Siem Reap. I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to attend this seminar and interact with leaders and athletes of Asia. I have benefited immensely from the three-day workshop, picking up lifelong skills that will greatly benefit me not just in my sporting career but also beyond.

Throughout the three days workshop, I have interacted with many leaders and athletes from Asia, some of them are even Olympic gold medalist! Through our conversations, I learnt about how they contribute back to their sports after retirement and their humble attitude has once again reminded me to work hard and stay humble.

Before the seminar, I was unaware of the significantly lack of participation of female athletes and officials in major sporting events in Asia. And throughout the seminar, I begin to understand the issue better regarding this gender gap – mainly social and cultural barriers. In addition, there is also an imbalance in media coverage of women’s sport as the focus is mostly on men’s sports. This is significant because the media plays a major role in influencing our opinion and attitude towards women and sport, which, in turn, influence participation levels. However, despite these challenges, many of the female leaders of Asia decided to step up by forming Woman and Sports Committee in their local community and organise events and seminar to increase participation of women in sports.

By the end of this powerful seminar, I do see myself as a leader and wish to contribute more towards the sporting movement in Singapore, especially encouraging more young female athletes to particiapate in major games. Besides coping with my studies and national training, I am also coaching the judo team from Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary). I hope my example of taking on the world will also inspire my students to want to take the step up from school level judo to the international stage.

I would like to thank SNOC for this amazing opportunity to attend this seminar.