National floorballers gear up for SEA Games at World Uni Floorball Champs
13 June, 2014
Our national floorballers will be facing off with international players from Korea, Russia and Sweden at the World University Floorball Championships. (Photo by VoxSports)
Singapore will get a glimpse of how far our National Floorball team has come when they step into the OCBC Arena from the 18th to 22nd of June 2014 for the upcoming World University Floorball Championships (WUFC).
In preparation for the upcoming SEA Games in 2015, which will mark the first time ever that Floorball will be gracing the regional stage, our National Floorballers will be pitting their skills against the best around the world, with the likes of Korea, Russia and Sweden in attendance for the WUFC.
“We know we are going to face tough opponents like Korea and Russia but we are hoping to at least reach the quarter-finals this time round,” commented Mr Brandon Cheong, Captain of the SEA Games Team, as he listed out the traditional powerhouses in Floorball in the region who are largely expected to clinch the podium standings during the World University Floorball Championships.
Brandon Cheong (right), Captain of the SEA Games Floorball Team, and Heng Hui Shan, National Team Player and Captain of the WUFC Team. (Photo by VoxSports)
Despite being up against the very best in the world, the men’s and women’s teams were still highly expectant of good results, bearing in mind that the home crowd will be there with them all of the way and urging them on to punch above their weight.
“I think its going to be a very special moment for many of us as this is the first time we are in the National Team. We hope to do our best and to tap off the crowds’ energy so that we perform better during the tournament,” Cheong added as he was confident that the team would still perform and possibly even pull off a few upsets en-route to the quarter finals.
“I feel this sense of excitement as this is the first time an international floor ball event is held in Singapore. We will do our best and show the nation that we can do well,” quipped Ms Heng Hui Shan, National Team Player and Captain of the WUFC Team, who was visibly excited about how far Floorball has come as a sport in Singapore and how much further it will go.
Heng Hui Shan (standing, 6th from left) National Team Player and Captain of the WUFC Team, and her team mates. (Photo by VoxSports)
“For this tournament, we are aiming for a bronze as there are six countries taking part. We are also here to show the rest of the European countries how far we’ve come” she added.
However, the ultimate aim is to clinch the coveted gold medals for the upcoming SEA Games, where Floorball will debut itself as a SEA Games sport, and be played on home soil in Singapore for the first time.
“Singapore will be fielding a really good team for the SEA Games in 2015 and we’re hoping to win a medal in the upcoming games,” said Cheong, who was upbeat about the team’s chances for the upcoming games in 2015.
The Singapore Floorball team is gunning for the gold medal at the upcoming SEA Games 2015. (Photo by VoxSports)
“For the upcoming SEA Games, we’re hoping to bring home the gold medal and we’re really excited for the games. We’ve trained really hard and we want to do our country proud,” commented Heng as she spoke about the teams’ training and their preparations for the WUFC as well as for the SEA Games in 2015.
For the upcoming World University Floorball Championships, the Singapore Mens’ Team has been placed in Group B together with the People’s Republic of China, Korea, Russia and Malaysia while the Womens’ team has been grouped with Japan and Malaysia.
“I hope more people will come down to the OCBC Arena to watch the World University Floorball Championships
as this is the first time its being held in Singapore and we want to do our country proud” urged Heng as she hoped for more Singaporeans to attend the games at the OCBC Arena with both teams fighting hard for a podium finish.