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Jo: From Shanghai to New York, Business Traveller Makes Different Boxing Gyms a Home Away From Home in Every New City

People of Legends | “No matter where you are in the world, hearing the sound of jump ropes and people punching bags make a gym feel like a very familiar environment.”

Gracie Teo: Watersports Instructor at Ola Beach Club on Loving and Protecting the Ocean

Humans of Sentosa | “When I started paddleboarding back in 2014, I remember seeing lots of trash floating on the water. One day, I decided to bring a trash bag with me and started picking up trash. People thought I was crazy for collecting rubbish out at sea on my paddleboard…”

Alina: Standing Tall Against Inappropriate Male Behaviour With Toughness Carved From Boxing

People of Legends | “I guess I had to learn to be super independent. And thanks to boxing, I learnt to be more confident, even without the presence of a male figure. In the past, guys would be overly touchy, be it at work or in public spaces. Some customers would lean on me and even touch my butt.”

Shydah: Dedicating Her Debut Boxing Win to the Memory of Her Beloved Dad

People of Legends | “The very next day, I went to visit my dad and placed the medal on his grave. I talked to him, knowing that he could somehow listen to me…I kept my promise to him in the end. I hope he’s proud of me. I know he’s proud of me.”

Aylwin Aaron: From Daunting Hardships to Successful Sports Massage Therapist in Singapore

“I started in sports therapy earning less than $50 a month. I was exploited and went through depression and faced so many challenges…but I have a successful career now and I go to work happy to see my clients and loving what I do.”

Brandon Gan: Singapore Musician Finds Solace in Boxing After Injury Recovery

People of Legends | “I think that if you can face a stranger head on, take punches and be able to hug it out after that, everything else you do on a daily basis is going to be so much easier.”

Syazwan: From Bullied Kid to Motivational Fitness Coach

“A Greek god? Lol! I wasn’t born like this. I was a very skinny guy. When I graduated from secondary school, I was about 50kg.”

Rico: Hostile, Punk-Loving Youth Learns Humility as an Adult Through Boxing

People of Legends | “He made me realise I’m not the smartest after all; I’m not the strongest after all; and I’m not the most confident after all. People can beat me up when I’m alone in the ring. All that street fighting practice was nothing. This was real boxing.”

Hanurdeen: Fighting Against All Odds to Be an Amateur Boxing Champion

People of Legends | “I’ve never told anybody this, but ever since I won my first tournament at 14, I would put my gold medal around my mother’s neck. I’m not sure why I do this; maybe it gives me a sense of satisfaction knowing that I can make her proud.”

Shakur: Boxing Helps Former Secret Society Member Find Purpose in Life

People of Legends | “When I was in prison, my counsellor told me that since I like to fight so much, why not fight in the ring instead? He told me I was smart but I was letting my friends control me. I can think for myself; don’t be their puppet. I took his advice to heart.”

MMA Fighter Amir Khan: Overcoming Tourette, Bullying and Losses to Become a Champion in Life

“That’s what life is about. It’s about winning and losing. And if you do lose, it’s about how you overcome the failures to prove your self-worth. Never give up…”

Leona Hui: Paving the Way for Female Boxers in Singapore

“Boxing is such an enigma. There’s just something very ironic about it. It’s predictable yet so unpredictable. We fight in a ring even though it’s a square. We try to kill each other for three rounds; but, at the end of it, we respect each other even more.”

Boston: Juggling a Career, Social Life and Boxing After 30

People of Legends | “Everybody has their own pace and goals in boxing, so don’t be pressured by what others think you should or should not do. You know where your heart is. Everyone has their own journey in boxing so do what feels right to you.”

Wynn Neo: From Shy Kid to Pro Muay Thai Fighter

“Sometimes you feel like the path is long, but you need to take things one step and one day at a time. Instead of exhausting your mind thinking about the future, just do your best. If I can overcome all of my hardships and come out stronger, so can you.”

Valen Low: Making Arm Wrestling a Professional Sport in Singapore

“I realised that in Singapore, we’re a bit more reserved, scared and cautious to do things. If you’re passionate about something, have a concrete plan, be consistent and be courageous enough to just dive into it.”

Diviya: The Only Girl to Play in the Men’s League Opens a Cricket Academy in Singapore

I’ve learnt to keep working hard, have faith and trust the process. Whether it’s sports or business, believing in ourselves and our journey will help us achieve our goals.

Musaify: Coaching to See Boxers in Singapore Succeed, Not for Money or Personal Glory

People of Legends | “At the end of the day, I just want to see our local boys and girls put in the hard work and win. When they win, I win too.”

Velvan: Boxing Gives Troubled Teen Purpose After Mom’s Passing

People of Legends | “I want my dad to know that I really respect him a lot. We know it hasn’t been easy for him being a dad and a mom at the same time.”

Dipna Lim-Prasad: Retired National Sprinter Gives Back to Underprivileged and At-Risk Youths

Through “In My Shoes”, I hope to remove that financial barrier and give every kid in Singapore equal opportunity and access to proper (sports) footwear.

Tiffany Teo: The ONE Championship MMA Fighter on Having a Warrior’s Heart 

I knew there was no fixed road to follow if you wanted to be a fighter. But I guess I couldn’t help dreaming the dream, so I took a leap of faith and decided to just roll with it and see where this road would take me.

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