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Ryu Seung-min: Only the prepared can seize their opportunities

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STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp (SEA YSLC): ryu seung minFormer Olympian Ryu Seung-min speaking to the 136 participants of the inaugural STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp. Photo: Sport Singapore

That was the advice given by former Olympian Ryu Seung-min to the 136 participants of the inaugural STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp (SEA YSLC) yesterday.

Speaking at Temasek Polytechnic where the youths are being hosted during the length of their stay, Ryu, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist for men's singles in table tennis and current member of the IOC Athletes Commission, advised the young camp-goers to step out of their comfort zone in order to attain their own successes.

In his motivational message, Ryu used his experience with the IOC to condense 5 key notions of becoming a good leader -- being courageous, seeking knowledge, challenging one's self, actively engaging with others and overcoming language barriers.

STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp (SEA YSLC): ryu seung minParticipants of the inaugural STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp enjoying the sharing session by Ryu Seung-min. Photo: Sport Singapore

The camp, jointly organised by Sport Singapore, Temasek Foundation International and Singapore Olympic Foundation, was started with the aim to build young leaders in the field of sports and forging ties among youths in the region.

Said Vu Thi Anh Thu, a badminton player with the Vietnamese youth national team and a participant of the camp: "I've never attended a camp with this many people of different nationalities. I'm most looking forward to making new friends from other countries and learning some leadership skills."