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COVID-19 Precautions from A Sportswoman’s Perspective

As part of the Voice Of A Fairsian Programme, Ashley Goh from Secondary 4B spoke about how she viewed the recent COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of a sportswoman. In February this year, the escalating number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore prompted the Ministry of Education to suspend inter-school activities which included the National School Games. Ashley’s initial reaction to the news was disappointment. Other student athletes shared similar sentiments. The games were, after all, the stage for these students to showcase their hard work after months of gruelling training. However, beyond her initial disappointment at the suspension - and eventual cancellation - she soon realised the gravity of the COVID-19 situation. She was grateful that the suspension of the games was one way in which students like her and her friends could be kept safe and healthy. She viewed her speech as an opportunity to encourage her crestfallen peers to look beyond their immediate situation and reflect on what they can still achieve in spite of the safe distancing measures. (This speech was delivered in February 2020 during morning assembly.)

Ashley’s Speech

Good morning fellow Fairsians! My name is Ashley Goh from the Student Council. Today, I'll be sharing with you about my CCA experience amidst this COVID-19 situation. The COVID-19 virus has since infected many fellow Singaporeans. Due to this unforeseen predicament, our respective CCA competitions were either postponed or cancelled.

Most of us, with a heavy heart, abided by the safety precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. With news that most of our CCA competitions were postponed, this generated mixed emotions amongst the ‘B’ Division players and other CCA members.

Personally, I felt rather frustrated that our team could not play for our school since we had put in a lot of hard work over the past year. This was especially difficult upon learning that we were able to move on to the second round of our zonal competition.

The ‘B’ division competition season would also be extended, which meant that we would still be competitively involved nearing our Mid-Year Examinations. I’m sure that everyone affected by this postponement is now anxious because they are wondering if they could catch up with their studies after the competitions.

After reflecting deeply on this matter, I soon realise that these actions were taken to protect us from the virus. Can you imagine the devastating impact if we were indeed infected with the virus? Instead of dwelling on the fact that our competitions were postponed, why not band together to overcome this challenge ahead of us?

Do you remember the six pillars of Total Defence? During a crisis like this, all of us can do our part by being socially responsible citizens. We should live out the core values associated with the different pillars of defence, in particular Civil Defence, Social Defence and Psychological Defence.

Firstly, let’s encourage one another not to give up and persevere on during our training sessions. Let’s tell each other that we have more time to train now. We can use this time to reflect and improve on our skills and techniques. With the extra time, we can also use it to strengthen our body’s immunity and build up our stamina to remain in top shape for our games.

As the most senior in school and with the extended time with our CCA mates, we can also take this opportunity to develop stronger bonds with our juniors and make time to get to know them better.

We should also remind fellow teammates to wash our hands after a meal or remind each other to take our temperature in the afternoon before we start our training sessions. When a teammate is too concerned or anxious about the situation, let’s assure one another to stay calm. We can do the Wipe-down routine together and even write notes of encouragement for our national healthcare workers!

Let us all work together to make sure that the school we care about is safe and clean.