Nicole Chia (CS’16) picked up her first tennis racquet when she was 10. From then, her interest in sports journalism grew in tandem with her admiration for Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal.
Bringing her love for tennis to the newsroom, Chia did a six-month internship at The New Paper’s sports desk as an undergraduate.
In her final year, she continued as a stringer, covering regional sporting events such as the 28th Southeast Asian Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games.
Currently a sports journalist at The Straits Times, Chia reports on local and international sports. As part of her work, she covers everything from breaking news and sporting events to feature profiles on Simona Halep and Andre Agassi.
“My favourite thing about the job is that no two days are the same,” said Chia, who was the sports editor for The Nanyang Chronicle in 2016.
Chia’s job has brought her to multiple places across the globe, including the 2017 Roland Garros in Paris, the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur and the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Chia even missed her own convocation to cover the ASEAN Schools Games in Chiang Mai.
Being a journalist over the years has taught Chia how to think on her feet, and to ask a questions in various ways to get the best answers for the story.
Chia said: “I’ve learnt how to adapt when things don’t go as planned, that some things are beyond my control and I shouldn’t panic about them.”
Urging juniors to enjoy their schooling years while they can, Chia said: “When the time comes, enter the working world with an open mind and a humble attitude.”