James Luzuriaga, a 15 year old taekwondo exponent from the Philippines, was in Singapore from 31 March to 4 April 2008 to explore the possibility of continuing his education at the Temasek Polytechnic.
It was coincidental that he had chosen Temasek because the institution was ideal for him to pursue his further education and sport interest. It offered not only the course he was interested in but also a taekwondo programme which he excelled.
Temasek finished second in the recent NTU Invitation Championships. It lost narrowly to NTU for the overall title.
During James’ visit, he took the opportunity to train with the national training squad at the National Training Centre from 1 to 3 April 2008.
James proved to be a dream player for all coaches. He was coachable, capable and committed. What’s more, he gave more than 100 per cent to each training session. Members of the national training squad were impressed with his focus and dedication.
It was no wonder because James, despite his tender age, was already an accomplished player with numerous titles under his belt. Last year, he collected 6 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in numerous championships in the Philippines and overseas and served notice that he would be the one to watch in the Youth Olympic Games in 2010