The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) recently held the highly competitive leg of the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asia Schools (IASAS) Rugby (boys) and Touch (girls) Tournament. Over three days, 150 visiting athletes from six international schools including ISKL battled it out at one of the premier athletic conferences in the world.
ISKL’s High School Activities and Athletics Director, Mr. Ryan Naughton, stated, “The IASAS Conference typifies the benefits of an international school education by giving students the opportunity to travel and compete with their peers across the region. While we were hosting the rugby tournament here at ISKL, we sent almost 20% of the High School to a basketball tournament at the Singapore American School, a swim meet at the International School of Manila, and a tennis tournament at the International School of Bangkok. It’s an amazing experience for our students to be able to compete at such a high level while also being able to forge positive relationships and friendships.”
Visiting students were hosted by ISKL families and the parent-led Booster Club ensured visiting parents, coaches, supporters and participants were warmly welcomed and well looked after. Mr. Naughton continued, “Like any sporting event, IASAS tournaments are the culmination of a lot of hard work and long hours over the course of the season, not just by our athletes but by our coaches, parents and community. I may be biased, but I believe that ISKL has the most amazing group of coaches. They build confidence in our students, turn individual athletes into a team, and then motivate that team to work together to find and fulfill their potential.”
Photo: The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)
The long-lasting legacy of the coaches is why the Thomas family decided that their contribution to ISKL’s ‘We Build People’ campaign be used to create ‘The Coaches Garden’ – a dedicated space on ISKL’s new campus celebrating the hours of hard work and dedication by all ISKL’s coaches. David Thomas explained, “Our four sons have all participated in ISKL sporting teams throughout school and have truly benefited from the experience. ISKL athletes are taught not only to compete and play their best, but also about key lessons in sportsmanship and team spirit. We know they will carry these life-long lessons and wonderful memories with them for the rest of their lives.”
So, as the tournaments ended in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok and Manila, the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat were quickly forgotten. The bigger stories of how cross-cultural friendships were forged, team commitment was rewarded, and relationships created through these shared experiences, will be remembered. IASAS is a story of communities embracing the spirit of competition, camaraderie and cultural cooperation, which is why an international education at ISKL lasts a lifetime.
For more information on the ISKL and its new integrated campus, visit www.iskl.edu.my.