Fariza wants more kids to try out floorball
National floorball team goalkeeper Fariza Begum was happy to be back at her alma mater, Zhonghua Primary School, to share her experiences as a Team Singapore athlete yesterday.
The 27-year-old, along with national para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu, attended the first One Team Singapore Roadshow organised by Sport Singapore. It is aimed at generating more support for local athletes participating in the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August and September respectively.
Fariza, a 2015 South-east Asia Games gold medallist, shared her experience with the pupils, aged seven to 12, and hopes to be an inspiration to them.
"I hope they will pick up some values that we mentioned earlier (like resilience) and have a passion for sports," Fariza told The New Paper.
"I believe it's not just about academics, it's really about teaching the kids in a holistic manner and tapping on their strengths.
"I hope there will be more avenues for them to channel their positive energy so that they can also be successful."
She also hopes that more students can be exposed to floorball at a young age.
"It takes time but the sport is growing," said the 27-year-old.
Fariza is now focusing on club duties as her team, Albatross Floorball Club, prepare for the Singapore Floorball League which begins in July.
In December, the women's national floorball team will begin training for the Asia Pacific Floorball Championships (APAC) scheduled for the following month.
APAC is also the qualifying tournament for the World Floorball Championships in December 2017.