New Sports School swim coach sees 'a ton of potential'

Doug Djang says charges adapt well; he will work closely with national set-up

American Doug Djang, 35, sees positives in the enforced Covid circuit breaker, in that it allows student-athletes to reflect on their goals and process. Swimmers Julia Lium and Ritchie Oh say their stroke efficiency has improved under his guidance.
American Doug Djang, 35, sees positives in the enforced Covid circuit breaker, in that it allows student-athletes to reflect on their goals and process. Swimmers Julia Lium and Ritchie Oh say their stroke efficiency has improved under his guidance.PHOTO COURTESY OF SINGAPORE SPORTS SCHOOL

Three months into his new role as head coach of the Singapore Sports School's (SSP) swimming academy, Doug Djang could not be more enthusiastic about how "there is a ton of potential and ability that sits inside those walls".

The 35-year-old American took up the post in February and leads the team of coaches comprising See Puay Kheng, Fang Haijiao and Mylene Ong.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2020, with the headline 'New swim coach sees 'a ton of potential''. Subscribe