Think about Singapore and Silat and the first person who springs to mind is often that juggernaut of Singapore sport, Sheik Alauddin. With numerous world titles and medals to his name, you would think having such an influential father would be extremely large shoes to fill. But one of the sons of Singapore’s “Silat King” will soon be your radar with his flashy moves, charisma and social media nous. His name is Sheik Ferdous
and he is a new Sport Singapore Ambassador
Tell us about your relationship with sports. Has it always been a big part of your life?
I grew up in a family who does sports for a living. My dad was a Sport Icon of Singapore in his sport of Silat and my mum teaches aerobics class, so sports came natural to me as I’ve been doing it since I was young. I literally juggled sports and studies since I was in my primary school days. I take part in sports day and spend my weekends either kicking balls, hitting a shuttlecock or even go for a bowl. Sport is definitely a huge part of my life.
What do you hope to achieve in your role as a Sport Singapore (SportSG) Ambassador?
I am hoping to use my voice as an athlete and a champion in my own sport, to spread the culture of sports which includes living a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit to people of all ages and backgrounds. For the young ones, that they can aspire to be great in whichever sport they choose to pursue. They see someone has done it, they would want to be like that someone or even better.
What’s your opinion of the sport scene in Singapore now and where do you hope to see it in the future?
I feel that it’s growing and I see many promotion of sports from various organisations these days. It’s becoming a common sight, to see the community engaged in sports. I’m hoping that it’ll grow more amongst the society and that each and every family can adopt the sporting culture and instil it to the younger ones. They do not have to be an athlete to participate in any form of sports. I’m hoping that they will adopt that mentality.
How do you think you can inspire people to lead a healthier lifestyle?
I would share with them, my experience with sports and how it has helped me in many ways and to be where I am today. I’d tell them the impact that sport has made in my life and the various benefits. Encourage them to take up sports not solely because of health purposes but also because, it is fun and they can bond with their family and friends through it.
How do you convince people who say that they have no time for exercise to change their lifestyles?
I will tell them to start off slowly, maybe take 5 mins out of their busy schedule, to stretch. They could also fit in a few home workout that can be done before they shower and sleep. A couple of push-ups and sit-ups is still something. They could also take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. Then when they become consistent, they can wake up earlier on weekends to go for a walk, or jog. Slow progress is still progress. There are many sporting events in Singapore that they can participate and try to fit into their schedule.