Things have been shaping up the past few months. If you haven’t already heard, rowing for me has come to a standstill. Or should I say pretty much a done deal. After months of email clarifications as well as the lack of it, I guess it’s about time to spill the beans on the entire situation.
After the SEA Games in Nov of 2011, I received an email informing me that, and I quote:
“with respect to the ‘selection of national athlete’, please fall back to your respective clubs. Your club administrators will ensure that your training needs and SSC needs are met. Information about your training requirements, SRA targets, selection invitations and staging dates will be disseminated to your club administrators by SRA.”
For the purpose of background information, for SEA Games selections, I fell under a rowing club which was then run by a volunteer coach. Now that he is no longer involved, I was informed that the club has merged with another. Which leaves just 2 rowing clubs in Singapore. I proceeded to seek membership at the merged RC, only to be rejected by this email response:
“As mentioned by you earlier this year, the coaches in Singapore have got no quality and cannot commit to your “high performance”. I am coaching only happy “amateur athletes” who train despite limitations that our small humble club has. ”
“My club policy is that athletes will only get staged with my recommendation. Ordinary members will not get recommended to be staged. I cannot and will not recommend someone who will train alone and without my supervision. Ultimately, all my athletes have understood their expectations since early this year and respect any decision I make for them.”
“As for now, i cannot fulfil your training needs and I hope everything goes well with roozaimy’s barrage contact.”
I proceeded to contact the other RC, which is predominately catered for social and recreational rowing, if the club would nominate members for national selection and what the club criterias are. This was the email response: