• Every Thursday, look out for S.League previews and analysis on Yahoo Singapore’s sports section, brought to you by Richard Bok. Richard Bok is the former head coach of the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC, now known as Warriors FC). He helped the team to four S.League titles from 2006 to 2009, and was named S.League coach of the year three times.  

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    Team previews and predictions

    Tampines Rovers FC
    It is going to be an interesting 2016 S.League season, thanks largely to Jermaine Pennant. The former Arsenal, and Liverpool winger played for Liverpool in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final. He put pen to paper for Tampines Rovers FC on a record S$40,000 plus per month in salary excluding bonuses. That means it’s a free market, no more salary cap? Together with nine LionsXII players including Izwan Mahbud and latest signing former Sarawak top scorer and Ireland under-21 player 31-year-old Billy Mehmet, Tampines looks to be a sure bet for the title.

    Players to watch: Jermaine

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  • BODY POSITIVE is a monthly column by Cheryl Tay, who wishes to reach out to others who are struggling with body image issues and help them overcome it. She also recently started Rock The Naked Truth, a body image movement that encourages people to find confidence through fitness and share their stories at www.RockTheNakedTruth.com/share. The views expressed here are her own.

    Berenice Seow and Megan Yit. Photo: Cheryl TayBerenice Seow and Megan Yit. Photo: Cheryl Tay

    Some people struggle to become thin and resort to doing drastic things to lose weight.

    However, there is the other end of the spectrum where small and petite girls also receive a fair share of criticism.

    These naturally skinny girls sometimes even face resentment from those trying to lose weight, but they have their own insecurities too. 

    Berenice Seow (above left), who stands at 1.74 metres tall and 50kg, was not bothered about how she looked until she became a teenager.

    Her friends started to say things such as, “You look like a stick” or “You look like a bamboo; why don’t you hang yourself out of the window to

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational men and women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Name: Wesley Chow (IG: @wes_c)
    Age: 38
    Height: 171cm
    Weight: 63kg
    Occupation: Freelance Personal Trainer
    Status: Attached
    Diet: Intermittent fasting
    Training: Heavy strength training 3-4 times a week, HIIT and cardio on non-strength days

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    What kind of sports did you do as a kid?
    I played table tennis, badminton and soccer in primary school and got really interested in playing basketball during my teenage years after being inspired by my idol, Michael Jordan.  

    I went on to play for my squadron's basketball team during my National Service days where we were competing for the inter-squadron championship within the airbase. Other than that, I was part of

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  • Australian Open 2016 winner and German Fed Cup tennis player Angelique Kerber smiles during a media conference at the Leipzig Fair in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Germany faces Switzerland in the World Group first round match on the upcoming weekend. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)Australian Open 2016 winner and German Fed Cup tennis player Angelique Kerber smiles during a media conference at the Leipzig Fair in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Germany faces Switzerland in the World Group first round match on the upcoming weekend. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Tennis star Angelique Kerber has become the new darling of the German media since she beat world number 1 Serena Williams to win the Australian Open in January.

    Among the odd questions German journalists have asked, Kerber might’ve let slip an interesting nugget about fellow tennis player Ana Ivanovic.

    During a press conference with the German Fed Cup tennis team on 3 Feb, a German journalist asked Kerber when she thought Ivanovic would marry German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger.

    Kerber, who was initially speechless at the question, said the two were a “cute” couple and they had sent her a congratulatory photo when she won her first Grand Slam. Kerber was quoted as saying, “I look forward to the wedding but the date I cannot say.”

    Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger and his girlfriend, tennis player Ana Ivanovic, at the United for UNICEF Gala Dinner at Old Trafford on November 29, 2015Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger and his girlfriend, tennis player Ana Ivanovic, at the United for UNICEF Gala Dinner at Old Trafford on November 29, 2015

    A close friend of Kerber’s, Ivanovic has been dating the Manchester United midfielder since September 2014, and has recently been spotted wearing a large diamond ring. Kerber’s comments end speculation that Ivanovic and Schweinsteiger had already

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    He has been all over the local and international media after finalising a move to Singapore’s S.League club the Tampines Rovers last month.

    And former Liverpool and Arsenal player, Jermaine Pennant, 33, has already vowed to bring the ‘excitement of the Premier League’ to Singapore’s football fans.

    But first, he’s keen on settling into the Singapore life, with a new three-bedroom apartment located in the eastern part of the island.

    “The house hunting was good, but it’s really expensive though,” Pennant said in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Singapore. He also shared pictures of his new home here.

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    “But I can’t complain - where I live is great, with a nice pool and gym ‘lah’,” he said, using a colloquial term locals use at the end of some sentences. “There’s a meditation area, jacuzzi, fitness area (pictured above) - it’s got everything I need, really.”

    “Tampines wants me to be close to the fans, and community, which is good,” he added. 

    Club sponsors Komoco Motors will also be

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  • Singaporean Saiyidah Aisyah rowing in the heats of the 2014 Asian Games women’s lightweight single sculls event (Photo by Action Images/Sport Singapore)Singaporean Saiyidah Aisyah rowing in the heats of the 2014 Asian Games women’s lightweight single sculls event (Photo by Action Images/Sport Singapore)

    A few weeks ago, Saiyidah Aisyah tried to pay for her groceries by card as she usually does - only for the card to be declined.

    That was when it dawned on the Singapore national rower how little was left of her savings, which she has been using to fund her quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

    The incident finally spurred her to launch a crowd-funding campaign, which she had thought about after being approached by a few supporters who wanted to help by transferring her money.

    In an email interview with Yahoo Singapore, Aisyah explained that the crowd-funding would be a “transparent” process, and she went ahead with the idea by setting up a page on MakeAChamp - a crowd-funding site for competitive sports.

    It was then that I realised I've been waiting for something to happen that might fund my dreams since August and nothing has happened, and that I have to start taking my own actions,” the Sydney-based athlete said.

    Funding for Olympic quest

    The 27-year-old, who won the

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational men and women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Name: Natalie Dau             
    Age: 43
    Height: 165cm
    Weight: 59kg
    Occupation: Co-Founder of Urban Remedy
    Status: Married with one 6-year-old daughter
    Diet: Follows a very specific set of macros and calories to balance out the carbs, protein and fats; tries to eat clean and avoid sugar (except for cheat meals)
    Training: Runs 5 mornings a week, trains strength at The Pit 2-3 times a week, a few HIIT classes a week too

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    What kind of sports did you do as a kid? 
    Basketball was my main focus sport competitively, but growing up we did everything from tennis to swimming, athletics and even dancing (although that was definitely not my strength).

    Have you always

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  • Text and Pictures by Kok Yufeng, Video by Andre He

    A competitor attempts a bouldering route during the Novice Men qualifying round of Gravical 2016, a bouldering competition organised by the Singapore Management University. Photo: Kok YufengA competitor attempts a bouldering route during the Novice Men qualifying round of Gravical 2016, a bouldering competition organised by the Singapore Management University. Photo: Kok Yufeng

    With the Marina Bay skyline serving as a backdrop, climbers from a range of different nationalities and age groups swung, twisted and leaped their way up a nearly 5m wall last weekend at Gravical 2016.

    Held over four days from 21 to 24 January, the bouldering competition was organised by the Singapore Management University (SMU) Climb Team and is in its 10th edition.

    What started out as an inter-faculty competition has become one of the major events on the local sport climbing calendar, attracting some 840 participants, both local and foreign, across under-17, novice, intermediate and open categories, its largest crowd since starting in 2007.

    Head of the organising team and president of the SMU climb team Alexus Goh told Yahoo Singapore that he is confident that the event will continue to grow as sport climbing continues to gain popularity here.

    “That is one of the primary aims of Gravical — to reach out to more people through the

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  • Quah Zheng Wen swimming in the 200M Buttefly A Finals at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin. Photo: Singapore Swimming Association.Quah Zheng Wen swimming in the 200M Buttefly A Finals at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin. Photo: Singapore Swimming Association.

    From dominating the SEA Games to the high-profile successes of Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen, Singapore swimming has been hitting the headlines for all the right reasons in the past year.

    Those achievements and other “big improvements” from the swimmers have made national head coach Sergio Lopez a very happy man.

    In a meeting with the media on Thursday afternoon (29 Jan), Lopez said he believed the National Training Centre (NTC) Squad programme, set up shortly after his arrival and led by himself and assistant Gary Tan, has helped to bring about crucial mindset changes.

    The squad of around 30 members train almost daily and the Spaniard feels this has helped the swimmers, especially the younger ones, embrace the mindset of tough training.

    “I was very impressed with how the junior swimmers portrayed themselves and led the team at the World Junior Championships [last October],” said Lopez.

    Maximise small talent pool

    Lopez emphasised that Singapore needs to embrace the talent in

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational men and women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Name: Eden Ang (IG: @eden_ang)
    Age: 28
    Height: 170cm
    Weight: 65kg
    Occupation: Entertainer / Artiste
    Status: Single
    Diet: Usually tries eat clean; recently cut down sugar intake
    Training: Breakdances once a week, jogs almost daily, gyms 1-2 times a week; practises martial arts and B-boy conditioning

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    What kind of sports did you do as a kid?
    As a child I was forced into swimming due to childhood asthma. I was also made to try basketball, softball and soccer, all of which I wasn't very talented in. However, it was karate that really appealed to me. I’m a Karate second degree black belt holder and I competed internationally, as well as won multiple national

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