2021's hybrid international conference over-arching theme of "Sport Reimagined: Thriving Amidst Challenges" encapsulates the opportunities that were presented to coaches in 2020, to reimagine their coaching practices and professionally arm themselves with progressive pedagogies in the digital space. Thematized conversations and sharing sessions during this conference will be purposefully curated to encourage coaches to build communities of practice and optimise a culture of continued coach education. ACT, revisited, is a reminder for coaches to continually:

"Adapt" and be receptive to "Create" and seize opportunities with renewed knowledge, and "Transform" the local coaching ecosystem leveraged through innovative coaching.

As Singapore manages the sports eco-system in these uncertain times, the coach is perceived as a multiplier to achieve our nation's Vision 2030 objectives and outcomes. He is an incisive leader, a professional that possesses relevant competencies who moulds the current generation to become better people in and through Sport.

Three broad conference themes have been identified to steer the direction of this conference to enable our fraternity to appreciate the sensibilities required to operate effectively in the times we live in.



With increasing complexity in the sporting landscape, a sound understanding of the various scientific disciplines will fortify our journey in professionalizing the coaching industry. The pandemic has also anchored us on the importance of technology to innovate our coaching practice. Staying at the forefront of new advances in sport science and technology will help build new capabilities and forge new ways of thinking to navigate in this new normal. Topics and questions that include sport analytics, modern day coaching paradigms and accessible technology will be examined.

Topics and questions that include sport analytics, modern day coaching paradigms and accessible technology will be examined.



The coach is fundamentally a practitioner and teacher. It is pertinent that a coach is informed on relevant and progressive methods for sport education to engage their charges effectively. Sound pedagogical practice is a key enabler to delivering coaching effectiveness and this theme will be further examined and reflected upon our community.

Some of the areas we may look into include planning an appropriate program that develops fundamental movement skills, effective feedback methods and how to become a nurturing communicator.



Besides imparting technical expertise, the role of a coach is inextricably linked to developing better teams and people. How we lead has an impact on sport performance and in the longer run, the character of our athletes. Sound leadership practices that include values education and culture building will be an important asset in achieving coaching objectives and amplify our impact in the sport eco-system in the long run.


Lastly, we have curated a diverse programme that encourages a participatory nature and a more congressional mode to examine issues which matter to different stakeholders where representational basis of individuals and qualified delegates belonging to National Sport Associations plays a pivotal role in influencing the necessary change in the respective sports and this conference would provide the space for them to take on a bigger role to communicate and implement their plans.

This international event aspires to be a catalyst to guide our community towards world class standards in coaching and sport.

Submission Details

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Submission Deadline
16 July 2021
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Notification of Confirmation
30 July 2021

To Note

All proposals will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Proposals submitted after the deadline may not be considered. The Conference Organising Committee reserves the right to make the final decision to approve the presentation.

All presentations will be 30 min inclusive of 10 min of Questions & Answers (Q & A). If you have a special request pertaining to the duration, you may let us know. English will be the language for all presentations.

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Conference Programme

Day 1 – 26 Oct (Tuesday) Format
08:30 – 09:00 Hybrid Conference Auditorium Open & Admission  
09:00 – 10:30 Opening Address by Guest of Honour & Keynote 1 - “Playing With The Coaching Playbook - Reconsidering The Experience of Sport” by Mr Wayne Goldsmith Virtual & Physical
10:30 – 11:00 Break  
11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions Virtual & Practical
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch I Free & Easy Networking Session + Virtual Exhibitions  
14:00 – 15:30 Treading on Uncharted Waters: Journey to Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games from Singapore’s Lens (Plenary) Virtual
15:30 – 16:00 Break  
16:00 – 17:30 “The Ingredients of Success” (Plenary) Virtual
17:30 End of Day 1 Programme  


Day 2 – 27 Oct (Wednesday) Format
08:30 – 09:00 Hybrid Conference Auditorium Open & Admission  
09:00 – 10:30 Keynote 2 – “Coaching Lessons From The Lens Of A Sensei” by Ms Yuko Fujii Virtual & Physical
10:30 – 11:00 Break  
11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions Virtual & Practical
“An Athlete-Coach Perspective on Effective Coach Leadership Practices” (Plenary) Virtual
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch I Free & Easy Networking Session + Virtual Exhibitions  
14:00 – 15:30 “How Coaches and Athletes are Using Technology to Win” (Plenary) Virtual
“Athlete, Context and Coach - ‘Fit’ for Olympic Success” (Plenary)  
15:30 – 16:00 Break  
16:00 – 17:30 “Skill Acquisition Framework for Youth Coaches In Singapore” (Plenary) Virtual
17:30 End of Day 2 Programme  


Day 3 – 28 Oct (Thursday) Format
09:00 – 09:30 Hybrid Conference Auditorium Open & Admission  
09:30 – 10:30 Keynote 3 – “Rethink: Lessons In Sport” by Mr Mark Chay Virtual & Physical
10:30 – 11:00 Break  
11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent NSA Congress Sessions Virtual
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch I Free & Easy Networking Session + Virtual Exhibitions  
14:00 – 15:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions Virtual & Physical
Safe Sport Congress:
Developing Resilience and a ‘Duty to Care’: How Do Coaches Navigate the Environment
My1stCoach Congress:
Coaching Kids: You Only Get One Chance to Make a Good Impression
15:30 – 15:45 Conference Closing Virtual
15:45 End of Conference  


Break Out Sessions

S/n Presenter Title Sub-Theme
1 Mr Glenn Cundari Coaching Coaches Differently
(This session is catered for Coach Developers)
2 Mr Mark Hull Training For It: Not Just Looking For It: Talent – Mental Toughness – Strength of Character L
3 Dr. Jean Cote The Personal Assets Framework: A Dissemination and Implementation Model for Coaching Research and Practice L
4 Mr Jonty Skinner The Holistic Development of Athletes: The Coach - Athlete Relationship L
5 Mr Aaron Alsop Understanding Elite Athlete Wellbeing as a Performance Enabler: Taking an Ecological Systems & Holistic Development Perspective L
6 Mr Adrian Low Tackling Amotivation: A Practical Coaching Approach CP
Ms Tan Li Si & Mr Wong Zi Heng Excellence through ABCs (culture building) L
7 Mr Russell Lim Remote Coaching: The Next Paradigm Shift In Coaching CP
Mr Airnel T. Abarra & Dr Mauricio Garzon Coaching Education Start-Up in the Face of Pandemic: The Adrenaline Solutions Model CP
Mr Jonathan Chan & Mr Lua Jiong How Remote Coaching with Close Support - A Usability Perspective (Running) CP
8 Mr Jasper Thomas, Mr Alfred Sim & Mr Gabriel Huang Time to Practice What We Preach (Structured Mentorship Programme) L
Ms Stefanie Ang It Takes a Village, It Starts with Me! - Coaching Persons with Physical Disabilities CP
Dr. Lin Yen-Chun & Mr. Chu Kin Kiew Insights into Singapore’s Sport Coaching Industry – Coaching Providers L
9 Dr. Nicholas de Cruz Coaches as Gatekeepers: Achieving Holistic and Sustainable Athlete Development in Partnership with Sport Psychologists L
Mr Neo Beng Siang Building High Performing Teams and Lessons in Leadership L
10 Ms Eliza Tan, Dr. Cheryl Tay, Ms Brenda Ter, Mr Lin Yen Yu (Jay) & Mr Yap Pern Fei (Erick) Game for Life: Coaches’ Practical Tips on Integrating Values in Coaching Practice CP



We start the conference by providing an overview of a range of topics that address WHO the coach is. The coach is a leader that delivers holistic outcomes – 4Cs of Character, Connection, Competence and Confidence. #CoachAsLeader

S/n Presenter, Institution Title Sub-Theme
1 Mr Martin Andrew Just Enough Coaching – Can We Do This? CP
2 Mr Bill Lee Wei Liang Sprint Kayaking - Individual Sport or Team Sport L
3 Dr. Koh Koon Teck Basketball in Singapore: 2021 and Beyond L
4 Dr. Sheik Alau'ddin Yacoob Marican Adaptability in Coaching Despite the Pandemic, and Training in the Endemic L
5 Mr Klyushin Andrey Problems and Principles of Qualification of High Level Fencers for the Olympics (from the experience of a coach) CP
6 Ms Dawn Ho
Mr Alexis Lebedew
Building a Sustainable Coaching Ecosystem – a Case Study from Singapore Gymnastics CP
7 Mr Shayne Bannan Leadership in Challenging Times L
8 Ms Julie-Ann James Developing Positive Mindset Coaching Cultures CP
9 Dr Jeff Coleman Leadership in a Changing World: The Critical Role of Mental Skills in leading teams. L
10 Dr Tim Knovoval An Ecological Approach to Coaching and Coach Development for Disability Sport CP
11 Mr Danny Ong Breath Control (Aquatic), Simple Yet Complex CP
Ms Sijakhwa Sulochana Analysis of Biomechanical Indicators in Lower Limb In Karate S&T
Dr. Hu Haixu An Empirical Analysis of the Factors Affecting the Performance of the Olympic Games CP
12 Ms Annette Bishop Implementing Positive Pedagogy in Youth and Elite Coaching (In-Person Practical Session) CP



Moving on to Day 2, we focus on WHAT do a #CoachAsLeader do? We zoom in to specific sports to appreciate what coaching pedagogy, leadership and sport science & technology look like in practice.

S/n Presenter Title Sub-Theme
1 Dr. Richard Swinbourne, Ms Huang Liyan, Ms Parimala Sivaperuman, Ms Olivia Wong & Ms Cheryl Teo Sport Nutrition: 4 Experts, 4 Questions S&T
2 Mr Joshua Chua Exploring the Impact of Coaches' Mental Health During Covid 19 - Self Care to care for Others S&T
3 Mr Hanif Abdul Rahman Understanding the Youth Athlete, A Differentiated Instruction Approach CP
4 Dr. Miriam Lee, Dr. Jonathan Leo Ng & Mr Reiner Leong Applying Learner-Centred Approaches in FMS development and Multisport Experience CP
5 Dr. Lucas Capalbo Developing Online Sport Psychology Activities to Promote Mental Health Among Children During and Post Isolation S&T
6 Dr. Masamitsu Ito Coach Development and Support Cases In Japan CP
7 SSI Team Mr Kelvin Chua Strength & Conditioning: Strength Training Modalities & Practical Applications for Sport Performance S&T
SSI Team Ms Goh Wan Xiu & Mr Kenny Tan New synthetic vs traditional natural feathered shuttlecocks: mechanical differences and players' responses S&T
8 SSI Team Mr Joshua Tai Qi Jun & Ms Wong Shu Fen Assessing fitness in a confined environment: Potential usefulness of the burpees exercise S&T
SSI Team Ms Darine Choo Practical Tips on How to "Appropriately" Interpret Our Athlete's Test and Performance Results S&T
9 Mr Tim Newenham Sport Without Boundaries' - Accelerating Potential in Para Sports S&T
10 Mr Julian Lim & Mr Etienne Ding Mobile Applications for Measuring Physical Performance in Sport S&T
Dr. Daichi Yamashita & Dr. Takaki Yamagishi Evidence-Informed Training Plan in the High Performance Gym at the Japan High Performance Sport Center S&T
11 Ms Helena Wong Olympic Weight Lifting, for Youth Athletes? S&T
Mr Amirudin Jamal Mr Adrian Low Solving the Accleration Puzzle: A Practical Approach S&T



We conclude the conference by focusing on HOW a #CoachAsLeader can operate in this new climate amidst the pandemic backdrop. We look at the multiple roles that a coach play where he/she puts on the lens of a sport scientist or teacher. We also look at specialized roles of a para-sport coach, high performance coach and community coach to examine how one can be effective in these roles.