Our Coaches

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All our coaches are current or former Singapore national team kayakers who want to share their passion for the sport with the next generation.

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Wang Nan Feng 

Nan Feng first picked up kayaking in 2007 when she was studying in Temasek Secondary School. A member of the National Kayak Team from 2009 – 2013, she has represented Singapore in various competitions both locally and overseas, including the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010. She currently assists in coaching the kayak teams from National Junior College and Crescent Girls’ Secondary and is also the coach of Damai Secondary School.

By coaching with Kid-in-a-Kayak, Nan Feng hopes to give as many children as possible the chance to try the sport and develop an interest in water sports. At the same time, she hopes to help children develop both the necessary paddling skills and build character as young athletes in a stimulating and fun setting.

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Benjamin Low

Benjamin was a competitive soccer player during his primary school days and picked up canoeing in 2007 when he was a student in Gan Eng Seng Secondary School. He was selected to the National Team in 2010 and began representing Singapore in 2011 at the ICF World Canoe Marathon Championships and the Asian Canoe Marathon Championships, where he won the Junior K1 event. Most recently, Benjamin represented Singapore in the K4 1000m event at the 28th edition of the Southeast Asian Games in 2015. He currently assists in coaching the canoeing teams of Temasek Polytechnic and Bukit Panjang Government High School.

By coaching with Kid-in-a-Kayak, Benjamin aspires to nurture the love of canoeing in children from a young age, thus fostering passion in the long run. In his words, “Nobody just gets to know what canoeing is; I want to help children learn to love paddling so that they can continue doing so at a competitive level in the future.”

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Reuven Cheng

Reuven began paddling in 2008 with the St Joseph’s Institution Kayak Team and later represented Singapore in the ICF Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships in 2014. Reuven is currently paddling with the National University of Singapore Kayak Team and is a member of the National Development Squad.

Reuven hopes to pay what he has learned forward by doing his part to provide a solid foundation for future generations of paddlers in Singapore even as children learn to experience the great feeling that paddling brings. Reuven also hopes to teach children about mutual respect and teamwork, and thereby help mould them “to be good paddlers, but better people”.
 

Cheryl Tay

Cheryl Tay

Cheryl started sprint kayaking in 2006 with the then-Raffles Junior College Canoeing team. Over the years, she has represented Singapore in kayaking, canoeing, dragon boat racing and rowing. Her love for the sport has led her to pursue a Sport Science degree from Nanyang Technological University, and she has followed up with post-graduate research on team boat performance in sprint kayaking. She currently coaches the canoeing teams of Raffles Institution and Bukit Panjang Government High School.

Cheryl hopes to give back to this sport through nurturing the next generation of paddlers in Singapore. She believes that canoeing/kayaking is a fantastic opportunity for character building and values education.

 

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Deborah Saw

Deborah started sprint kayaking in 2009 with the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Canoeing Team and joined the National Team in 2014. She represented Singapore at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in 2015 and graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a degree in Sport Science and Management in 2016.

By coaching with KIAK, Deborah hopes to pass on what she learnt from her coaches and to introduce canoeing to children. She believes that canoeing/kayaking is a unique sport that allows one to experience being on the water and to see the world from another perspective, and at the same time, learn respect, teamwork and perseverance. 

 

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Soh Szeying

Szeying picked up kayaking in 2010 when she was schooling at Serangoon Junior College and was selected to join the National Team for training in 2014. She represented Singapore at the 28th SEA Games in 2015, winning gold in the K4 500m and silver in the K4 200m. She also represented Singapore in the K2 200m at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in 2015. She is currently balancing her commitments as a National athlete and her undergraduate studies in Sport Science and Management at the Nanyang Technological University.  

By coaching in the KIAK programme, Szeying hopes to incite interest and awareness in kayaking in future generations of young Singaporeans. Additionally, she believes that the balance between teamwork and individuality, and the ruggedness of this sport, provides a superb setting for character building in kids.
Luke Yap

Luke was first introduced to the sport of canoeing in 2005 while studying at St Joseph’s Institution. He was then invited to join the Direct School Admission programme offered by National Junior College due to his good track record in both studies and canoeing. At the age of 17, he participated in the national team selection trials held by the Singapore Canoe Federation and was invited to join the national junior training squad. Some of his notable achievements as a junior include winning the gold medal in the K2-1000m event at the 2010 South East Asian Championships Junior category. Most recently, Luke represented Singapore in the K4 1000m event at the 28th edition of the Southeast Asian Games in 2015 and at the Asian Canoe Championships held in Indonesia.

By coaching with Kid-in-a-Kayak, Luke hopes to impart all his knowledge and skill sets to the next generation of paddlers. Most importantly, he believes that children should have fun while paddling to keep their interest and passion for the sport burning.

Jonathan Chong

Jonathan started kayaking in 2009 in Hwa Chong Institution. As a current member of the National team, he has represented Singapore in local and overseas competition. He currently coaches kayak teams from Hwa Chong Institution, Gan Eng Seng School and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. By coaching with Kid-in-a-Kayak, Jonathan hopes to get more kids like the sport and to continue paddling for a long time to come. To achieve this, the crucial paddling skills will  be imparted in a challenging yet fun way.