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Winning on the Court and in the Classroom

30 Jun 2017

Gary Wong (in red) in action at the World Floorball Championships 2016.


Gary Wong is captain of the Singapore men’s floorball team – and a student in the SIM-University of Manchester, where he is pursuing his part-time degree in Management. He shares the important life lessons he’s learnt, both as a sportsman and as a student.

On the Court

One of the things that you have to learn to overcome as an athlete is injury. Each time I got injured, I came back stronger and this has taught me an important lesson in perseverance.
Playing a team sport taught me to be a team player and to work with people, despite our differences.
We should also never be afraid of making mistakes and be ready to learn from them.

Why Study Management?

I get exposed to different areas of specialisations in the industry. It equips me with the knowledge of different aspects of management and gives me the opportunity to eventually narrow down what I would like to focus on in the future.
The University of Manchester curriculum is also ideal for my schedule. Unlike other similar courses, it allows me to focus on one module at a time.

Juggling Different Balls

One of the challenges that I’ve had to overcome during my university studies was juggling work, studies and floorball. I learnt to prioritise and decide what was more important at different points of time. More importantly, you have to manage your time well.

New Perspectives

School events such as Project 1095 and the social awareness campaigns let me look at things from different perspectives as well as meet people from different walks of life. I felt especially privileged to be involved in the Community Involvement Programme as I was able to do my part in helping the less fortunate.

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