by Lim Wai Sian (LaoLao)
with illustrations by Nur Sorfina
What does giving up mean to you?
In February 2010, LaoLao, then a player for the Singapore Slingers and National Team, had a near-fatal accident while he was training. He sustained a major head injury that put him out of commission from basketball. Though he survived, LaoLao lived with a hole in his head for four months before he underwent a second operation that replaced part of his skull with plastic. Despite the intense mental and physical strain, LaoLao could not turn his back on his ultimate goal as a sportsman. In October 2010, he returned to basketball, fought his way back to earn a spot on the Men's Team, and represented Team Singapore one last time at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia.
Now, LaoLao wants to share his story with the younger generation and motivate them to find their passion in life. Rebound: LaoLao's Guide to Giving Up is a light-hearted, personal retelling of LaoLao's life that will charm readers both young and old. It follows him from his early days as a struggling student and through his memorable basketball career, where he became one of the first Singaporeans to join the Singapore Slingers, the nation's first professional basketball team.
About the Author
LaoLao, aka Jayden Lim, is a former Singapore Slingers and National Team player. He is currently a motivational speaker. As a young boy, LaoLao wasn’t keen on his studies during primary school. He had to go the long way through the system, taking on the Normal Technical course in secondary school, ITE, and polytechnic. He now holds a Bachelor in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from NTU. Aside from playing basketball, he is a passionate motivational speaker who aims to reach out and support youths who are facing challenges with studies and with setting goals in life.
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Dimension: 130mm x 200mm