Abigail Smith first entered a swimming pool when she followed her elder sister to a summer swimming camp in Franklin. In fact, there was an initial test on the first day before participants were allowed to go for the camp. Unfortunately, she didn’t make the cut as she wasn’t able to swim across the pool. However, the instructors still allowed her to stay for the camp. Their faith in her made a huge difference in years to come.


When Abigail first arrived at Franklin Community High School, she contemplated switching to a new sport as she has been swimming since she was five years old. She thought that it would be a good time to take a break from the sport and try something else like tennis instead. However, Brett Findley, the swimming and diving coach of the school, convinced her to stay with swimming. She agreed and carried on with swimming. Now, she is grateful for listening to Brett because she has managed to earn a swimming scholarship. This scholarship will help to pay for four years at the University of Evansville, which is a big deal because University fees do not come cheap. This justifies that her hard work and perseverance paid off. You can read the full article from here.

In Singapore, there are scholarships offered in both Polytechnics and Universities for those who excel in sports too. However, for those who specialise in swimming, they can always take the route offered by the Singapore Sports School. In recent years, our government has put more emphasis into sports and also getting talents to start at a young age. The Singapore Sports School accepts students from ages 12 to 15. Even after completing their secondary school education, it doesn’t stop there. Selected students will be able to progress into either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or Republic Polytechnic diploma programmes. As for students who are either National or National Age-Group representatives, they will be allowed to further their studies at  NanyangTechnological University under its Discretionary Admissions Criteria.

It’s important to understand that sports in Singapore are getting more recognition nowadays. If your child or you yourself have a talent in swimming, don’t put it to waste. However, you need to understand that no matter how talented one is, a lot of practice and hard work is still required. At Happy Fish Swim School, we offer Competitive Swimming Training too. With the help of our instructors, you will be able to reach greater heights!