'We had people thinking we were nuts': Singapore parents on why they back their kids' sporting dreams

David Chua and Teo Ee Sin supported their daughter Grace, a national badminton player, when she wanted to pursue the sport full time before going to university.
David Chua and Teo Ee Sin supported their daughter Grace, a national badminton player, when she wanted to pursue the sport full time before going to university.PHOTO: COURTESY OF GRACE CHUA

SINGAPORE - In his daughter's work ethic, David Chua had seen the signs.

He had seen kids at a badminton class cut short their 45-minute cool-down and saunter off after 10 minutes but Grace, a primary school pupil then, would keep going till the finish. He had seen her finish two practice sessions some days and still keep training.

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