Just last week, ONE Championship released the premiere date for its upcoming reality show, “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” in which 16 candidates will compete for a job under ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
Before the action kicks off on 18 March, we look at two of the candidates who call Singapore home.
First is gymnastics coach Joy Koh.
Koh grew up in Singapore as part of a Chinese-Singaporean family who allowed her to follow her own path.
With that, Koh took up gymnastics, studied during her college years in Australia, and went on to become a coach for children – but not before dealing with body-shaming and eating disorders.
“Gymnastics had the biggest impact on my childhood and adolescence, and the sport is great. There’s nothing wrong with this sport,” she said.
“Unfortunately, a lot of professionals working in the sport are not very professional at all – worldwide. I want to show that there is a better way to coach.
“When you tell a kid repeatedly what they are and who they are, they’re going to believe it,” she added. “Unless they have extremely strong family values and if their family also supports them, they’re going to internalize that.”
Like Koh, fellow Singaporean Alvin Ang found his passion in sports, but for him, it was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In fact, he loved the discipline so much that he launched his own competition, the Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open, for regional grapplers to test themselves.
Before doing so, Ang lived in Thailand, where he became a monk and learned to settle his overactive mind.
“I believe I was 7 years old when I first put on the orange robes. I didn’t think it was anything at all because I was seven,” he said.
“But the more I’ve been through in life, the more I realize how valuable that experience was. And it’s something that I can look back on and reflect on.
“I experienced a lot more self-awareness than a lot of children my age. Three hours of meditation every single day when you’re seven will do that to you.”
Now, Ang wants to use his passion for martial arts to help ONE bolster the local scene in Singapore.
The two candidates each have their own noble mission, but will they succeed in winning the US$250,000 one-year contract?
Find out when “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” kicks off on 18 March. Here’s how to watch in Singapore.
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