Swimming is such a big part of Leonard Tan’s life. The former national team captain started swimming at the age of eight and represented Singapore and SMU till his early twenties. Since graduating in 2012, he has been coaching young swimmers at one of Singapore’s top swimming clubs. Today, as the head coach of the National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI), he plays a major role in moulding the future of Singapore’s swimming scene.
Interestingly, Leonard is one of only a handful of national coaches who were former national swimmers. We chat more with Leonard to find out more about what it’s like living his passion full-time and training young, aspiring swimmers.