To this day, still vividly remembers the story that happened when he was 15 years old. Ishwarpal returned home with tears and fear. He told his father that he failed to join the school hockey team.
His father Santokh Singh was a sports enthusiast, and he fostered his son to practice hockey as a true athlete. When he heard his son reporting bad news, instead of being disappointed, he simply told Ishwarpal to see him throw a ball on the floor.
The ball hit the floor and bounced back higher than its position. It was the first time his father taught him the lesson of recovery. And this lesson has stuck with me for the rest of my life. The important thing is not how you fall, but how high you turn.
Throughout his career as an athlete, he has encountered many failures. He had to sit in reserve for important matches, lost in the final, and once made the wrong decision that the team lost. But I always remember to recover. This lesson is what makes a big difference to British everyday life.
Ishwarpal recounts that resilience is a value instilled in him from a young age. He grew up in sports stories at home and started playing hockey in a yard with his father and siblings.
At that time, he was only 5-6 years old. Later, he studied at Raffles Institute. And he started playing for the national team when he was 19. Ishwarpal once represented Singapore for three Olympic Games.
“Many times, I have not been selected to the team. I never played for the national team at any age group, until I was 19, ”Ishwarpal said. Ishwarpal’s father died in 2016, but his lesson with his son forever: “If not resilient, there will be no success”.