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Discover SIM GE Growing up in his hometown of Chitwan, Nepal, Nabin (pictured above) would outrun his friends while playing in the village. But running was never something he was passionate about. However, many years down the road, it would eventually play an integral part in his life and inspire him to have big dreams. Nabin moved to Singapore in 2007 together with his family at the age of 14 . His turning point came when he was asked by his friends to participate in a running competition during his days as a student at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). “It was supposed to be something fun and since my friends tried hard to convince me, I eventually decided to participate in our campus road run,” he recalls. “I ended up outrunning most of the school’s runners and came in fourth for the race. The coaches were very impressed as I did not have any professional training prior to this and the runners who I had competed against were training for years.” Nabin was approached to join the Track and Field team at NYP. He also took up the opportunity to participate in events such as The Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic (IVP) Games and the Polytechnic-Institute of Technical Education (POLITE) in subsequent years where he competed against some of the best polytechnic and university athletes. He continued his fine form and shined at these competitions, breaking records in the 3000m Steeplechase, 5000m and 10000m race events along the way. At the Hong Bao race in 2014, he also came in second to Singapore’s Southeast Asian Games gold medallist, Mok Yin Ren. Winning these races gave Nabin purpose and passion. “I never had any interests or dreams. I used to be a librarian back in my secondary school and I was that kid who just went to school and headed back home. But participating in these races gave me that spark of joy and made me realise that I had this talent,” he says. Apart from breaking records, Nabin is also known as the ‘barefoot runner’ because of his preference to run without shoes. This stems from the days where he used to help his mother at the farm without footwear. “It also helps me to run better as wearing shoes would prevent me from having skin contact with the ground,” he adds. The Road to Success After completing his national service in 2017, Nabin enrolled in the SIM-University Of London (UOL) BSc (Hons) in Economics and Management. He also joined the SIM Track & Field team. “I decided to pick SIM to further my studies because I was keen on expanding my knowledge in economics and management. At the same time, I was also looking for an institution that would further develop and support me as a runner. So this was the best choice for me,” he shares. Nabin flourished in SIM. He went on to participate in events such as the ASEAN University Games. He also became the fastest Steeplechaser in Singapore while running for SIM and clocking in a timing of 9 minutes and 37 seconds- an achievement which he is very proud of. It currently stands as an IVP Games record. Nabin gracefully leaps over the hurdle during the ASEAN University Games. Setting aside team to train every day despite his busy schedule. Nabin credits his success to good discipline, working smart and having supportive family and friends. “I think it’s really important to have good discipline and to set your priorities right. I set aside time to train and study every day. This sometimes means that I have to miss out on time spent with friends but I have to focus on my goals at hand. “I also believe it’s not just about working hard but working smart. You can fail and try again but if you don’t find out what went wrong the first time, you are bound to fail again. Find out what went wrong and keep improving and you’ll eventually get there.” As he looks ahead, Nabin hopes to work in the sports industry and make a difference in his community. He says: “I’ve always wanted to do my part by giving back in the ways that I can to my community.  I hope to train younger kids whether it’s back in Nepal or Singapore. It gives you a greater sense of fulfilment than simply winning races.” --- Posted online, 27 Feb 2019