A former national level badminton player and he is also recreational Ironman triathlete
Former National Level Badminton Player Digitizing Sports through SparUp
Tell us about your startup SparUp
SparUp is a comprehensive digital platform for youth athletes and coaches to track, analyse and improve sports performance using data and sports science. The platform provides an objective process to identify and develop sports talent and creates more transparency among the key stakeholders such as the parents, coaches, athletes, academy managers and scout.
How did the pandemic impact your venture as sports is an outdoor
The pandemic had a negative impact on the sports and fitness industry in general, including school sports and youth sports, which restricted the use of the SparUp platform. However, the pandemic also made everyone realise the importance of outdoor sports and physical activity. So, we hope there is a positive uptick in participation levels and a more positive outlook towards actively and competitively playing sports, especially among kids and youth.
During the pandemic, you were focusing on sports psychology. How does sports help improve a person’s mental health?
Sports and mental health have a very positive correlation. Sports help develop cognitive abilities, and mental toughness among kids especially attributes such as focus, hand-eye coordination, decision making, judgement and mental strength. Additionally, sports psychology has become a very important discipline for competitive athletes to perform at the highest level.