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Movers, shakers and go-getters

Everyone’s a winner in NTU’s Class of 2017. HEY! salutes the many talents in our midst here

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Clifford Yow

Sport science and management

Clifford Yow in the gym PHOTO: SPORT SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

If it wasn’t for an incident during National Service before he entered NTU, Clifford Yow’s career path may have been vastly different.

Clifford had been accepted to read mathematics and economics at the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, but decided to switch to sport science and management after military service.

During his tour of duty in the Singapore Navy, Clifford endured ridicule for being “chubby” when a senior officer mocked him by saying “he could roll faster than he could walk”. The taunts – as well as encouragement from his supportive warrant officer – motivated Clifford to run 10 kilometres every day and to keep a healthy lifestyle.

A health scare within his family further sealed his decision to pursue a career in health and fitness. The 25-year-old was also inspired by health-conscious Canadians he met while he was on exchange at the University of Ottawa. During his professional attachment at the Myos Health Clinic in Singapore, Clifford saw first-hand how much he had to learn and how much he could contribute as a health professional.

A swim instructor with more than five years’ experience, Clifford harbours dreams of using swim teaching as a platform to launch a personal fitness business in the future. One of his goals is to kick-start healthy habits in school-going kids.

Until then, he hopes to use his personal Instagram and YouTube accounts, built from his days as a talent with popular YouTube channel Tree Potatoes, to broadcast his message of healthy living.