Pushing Limits: The Champion Mindset

21 Jun 2023 06.30 PM - 09.00 PM O2Work, 16 Collyer Quay Alumni, Current Students, Public
Organised by:
NTU Office of Alumni Engagement

Join us at the What’s Up Wednesday Alumni Speaker Series event and hear from chess grandmaster, Kevin Goh (NBS/2007), and professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, Sim Kai Xiong (SSM/2022), who will share about their NTU student days, what inspires them and what it takes to succeed in the competitive sports industry.  

Organised by the NTU Office of Alumni Engagement, the event is the fourth of a series of fireside chats where alumni speakers share about their industry and their journeys after graduation. 

Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2023
Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Venue: O2Work, Collyer Quay Centre (former [email protected]), 16 Collyer Quay, Level 12, Singapore 049318


6.30pm: Registration, tea reception and networking
7.30pm: Commencement of event (including a Q&A session)
9.00pm: End of event


  • Kevin Goh (NBS/2007)
    Chess Grandmaster and CEO of Singapore Chess Federation

    Kevin is Singapore's first Chess Grandmaster in 21 years and an eight-time Singapore National Champion. He also won three SEA Games bronze medals. While most players attained grandmaster status by training full time, Kevin juggled a career as the Chief Financial Officer of Lucence, a biomedical start-up specialising in cancer diagnostics. With more than 30 years of experience playing chess, he has been awarded NTU Sportsman of the Year 2005/06, Tatler's Gen.T Leader of Tomorrow Honouree in 2020, and JCI Singapore's Ten Outstanding Young Persons.

  • Sim Kai Xiong (SSM/2022)
    Professional Mixed Martial Arts Athlete and Coach

    Kai Xiong started participating in amateur tournaments in 2014 and won his first amateur boxing championship in the same year. He spent the next nine years building up his skills and racking up competition experience. A professional mixed martial arts fighter since 2019, Kai Xiong is the first Singaporean to take part in Road to UFC, a tournament for top Asian prospects, in May 2023. He hopes that his appearance in the fight will help create interest in the local MMA scene and increase its talent pool.


Cheryl Tay (SSM/2013, NIE/2018)
Academy Lead of ActiveSG Canoe Academy and Team Lead, Sport Development at Sport Singapore

Cheryl graduated from the BSc Sport Science & Management pioneer cohort at NTU, and thereafter completed her PhD in Sports Biomechanics. Her foray into the world of sport science started with simply wanting to paddle faster. Having represented Singapore as an athlete in Canoe Kayak Sprint, Kayak Marathon, Dragon Boat and Rowing, her work today enables the next generation to chase their sporting dreams. Cheryl is an ICF Level 3 Expert Coach, NROC Master Coach, ICCE Coach Developer and a published researcher.