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Hone your Sporting Talents at NUMed

Hone your Sporting Talents at NUMed

Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) is a campus that fosters talents and passions for things outside the classroom, in addition to inculcating academic excellence. In fact, Ng Peck Yin, a recent NUMed Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) graduate, competed in the underwater hockey event at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. NUMed’s bustling student lifestyle and supportive campus environment encouraged her to indulge in sports while handling the rigorous demands of her medical studies.  

“I mainly played badminton and basketball when I was studying at NUMed. The university’s seniors were very friendly; this made me want to participate in the extra-curricular activities. EduCity is equipped with very good sport facilities, and I was happy to know that these were provided to the students weekly for free,” said Ng, who is currently preparing for housemanship and would like to specialise in Orthopaedics.

Apart from badminton and basketball, Ng also trained for swimming and water polo. Having started swimming since the age of 10 and played water polo for eight years, being introduced to underwater hockey was a natural progression for her. She is glad that she chose to stay active during her time at NUMed as it made it possible for her to compete internationally within six months of graduation.  

For aspiring doctors who love sports like Ng, there are plenty of activities to choose from at the EduCity Sports Complex. The indoor and outdoor arena, gymnasium and 50-metre pool are available for students to use. There are also dance and recreation rooms, and various clubs and societies to choose from. The aim is to encourage students to actively pursue extra activities and refine important soft skills like negotiation, teamwork and communication skills.

When asked for her advice to current NUMed students, Ng emphasised that keeping an active lifestyle can benefit students tremendously. “It’s a great way to socialise and to practice making quick and situational judgment. It also forces you to be flexible in thinking. Learning how to balance study and play will help students to transition into working life much more easily.

“Recognise your study pattern and use the rest of your time to do what you like, be it sports or making yourself a good meal. We should know by now how to treat our body and mind well to go far in life,” she shared.

published on: 6 January 2020