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Rising above obstacles and pain

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Tanush Saravanan got injured in a cycling accident a few days ago, but that did not stop the 8-year-old boy from competing in the mini athletics competition organised by the ActiveSG Athletics Club

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Tanush Saravanan and his father, Saravanan Palanisamy, during the mini athletics competition at the Home of Athletics. Photo: Sport Singapore

With bandages on his feet, wearing a pair of slippers instead of track shoes, Tanush persevered through the pain and ran alongside his peers in the endurance run and obstacle course on Saturday.

“It is my favourite sport and I like it a lot so I decided to come today,” said the boy who hopes to become Singapore’s Usain Bolt one day.

A small flesh injury did not discourage Tanush from participating in the sport he loves, and Team Singapore athlete Kenneth Khoo was duly impressed by the boy’s spirit and passion.

“His attitude today exemplifies the best of what we want to see in ActiveSG Athletics Academy; this never say die attitude,” the SEA Games athletics team captain and ActiveSG Athletics Club Ambassador said.

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Team Singapore athlete Kenneth Khoo cheering on participants during the mini athletics competition. Photo: Sport Singapore

“He is a perfect ambassador and role model for what we are trying to do here.”

Launched in April this year to give youths a platform to fulfil their potential in the sport, the athletics club has benefitted Tanush in more ways than one.

Besides winning a gold medal in his school’s 100m sprint, participating in the club’s activities has also helped him become more disciplined.

“He was quite into sprinting and he is quite an active kid from a young age, so I wanted to channel that energy where he can utilize it well and he can achieve something in his life,” Tanush’s father Saravanan Palanisamy said.

“Sport has helped him a lot. I enrolled him in the ActiveSG Athletics Club and last three months he has been doing quite well.”

“Normally, he used to just play around. Now, at least he has got some discipline. He’s got a lot of focus now so that’s helped him a lot.”

The next season of athletics training starts on 17 Sep, and the club is also organising a school holiday programme from 5 – 7 Sep to keep school children active and occupied. 

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Participants from the ActiveSG Athletics Club in action during the mini athletics competition. Photo: Sport Singapore

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