Canoeing Across Generations – Muhammad Syaheenul Aiman

June 26, 2014 in Featured, News by Singapore Canoe Federation

This being the month where fathers around the world are honoured in the observance of Father’s Day, it is timely that our next feature is by Muhammad Syaheenul Aiman, one of our national athletes and the son of a very familiar figure that generations of sprint paddlers would have seen watching his young charges like a hawk – none other than Nasiman bin Karim. Read on for Aiman’s thoughts about his chosen sport and his bond with that inspirational figure in his life.

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Canoeing is the sport that I enjoy the most among all the other sports that I’ve tried in the past, and the people whom I’m currently training with makes it even more enjoyable. In recent years, we’ve managed to bring back quite a few medals from the SEA Games.

I’m proud to have been part of the 2011 SEA games team that brought attention to the sport after winning 2 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals. We’ve been getting a lot more support from the Singapore Sports Council ever since. With the support and expectations set on the team, I’ve set my sights on the gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore and a top 6 placing at the 2013 Asian Games later this year.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of my parents and specifically my father. When I was in secondary 4, he bought me a boat and a paddle and kind of forced me into the sport. Fortunately, I took it and took to it well! At that time, my school did not offer canoeing as a co-curricular activity and for every training, my father would rush down after work to pick me up after school to train.

When I entered NUS, he bought me a motorbike so that I would be able to better manage getting to school and training better. My father has been my greatest supporter and without him I would not be where I am today.

My father has been involved in the local canoeing and dragonboat scene for many years, and has coached many clubs and school teams over the years. Oddly enough, he doesn’t really tell me about his achievements in his younger days, but from the number of people who know and respect him, I gather that he must have been pretty awesome in his youth J.

Till today, he still gives me advice and motivation once in a while when we’re having a father-son conversation. Me being in this sport definitely means a lot to him and therefore, I want to do well so that I can make him proud and also to show him that his efforts in supporting me have paid off.

 

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