An indiegogo path to the WTA

21 October, 2015   Nicolette Mok

 sarah pangPhoto: Under Armour

Sarah Pang has a dream, and she would like you to share it with her.

The Team Singapore tennis player, who turned professional this year, is gunning to achieve a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking and to play on the WTA circuit.

In a bid to be proactive in finding funding to pursue her life-long tennis dream, the 30-year old has turned to raising the relevant funds on crowdsourcing website Indiegogo. Sarah, who explained that the money would go into financing her full-time training and tournaments (20 to 30 a year!), will be the first independent national athlete in Singapore to obtain monetary support in such a way.

“The burn rate on tour as a pro is high. A simple example: When on tour, I can burn through the soles of a pair of shoes in two to three weeks. Over a year and multiple tournaments, that's a lot of shoes!” she explained.

Despite starting her tennis career at the admittedly advanced age of 19, Sarah had huge ambitions. She set out determined to play in the WTA one day, and could well be on her way to achieving this dream, which was once condemned by others as a delusional fantasy.

sarah pang Photo: Under Armour

Demonstrating just how close she was to success, Sarah revealed her most recent achievements: “I currently have five points on the WTA scoreboard. I'm a point away to being the only current Singaporean with a WTA doubles ranking.”

“A highlight this year was also reaching the doubles semi-finals of a 10K International Tennis Federation Women’s Pro Circuit tournament in Indonesia. This year has been a year of breaking through personal bests. And it has been very exciting. I am so grateful to the incredible coaching and sports science team I have behind me,” she added.

For Sarah to maintain her development as an elite tennis player, she aims to raise a least US$230, 000 through her Indiegogo venture – which comes with a creative twist. Offering innovative perks to her supporters, those who contribute may claim a range of unique gifts that include dedicated haikus, exclusive tennis clinics, and or even contribute Pang’s own hours to SportCares, Sport Singapore’s philanthropic arm.

Of course, contributors can also expect personalised emails of gratitude from this upcoming international star herself. If you do receive one, remember to reply with a note of support for, according to her: “The road’s really not been easy, but the [messages of encouragement] remind me what a privilege it is to be doing this for my country and the people behind me.”

sarah pang Photo: Chow Rong Qian