Coach Jack

Singapore Distance Legend & Experienced Athletics Head Coach

SAA Coaches Registry No. C094
NROC Registered as Senior Coach
MOE Registered Coach

Brief Story of Jacter Singh

Jacter Singh, started running seriously at the age of 17 in 1979. At times, his normal training routine was by doing 30 laps easily with constant pace of 84 – 85 secs per lap.

Mr. C Kunalan (former Singapore 100m record holder) noticed this young boy and approached him to join Swift AA club and to train under Mr. Maurice Nicholas (present AAA secretary). With only 2 weeks of proper training, Jacter Singh stunned  everyone by clocking 32.50.2 secs in the 10,000m, the time was below the qualifying time base on the 3rd placing of the previous SEA Games (1977). Since then, Jacter was label in the media as the Flying Sikh, Speedy Jag, Man with a Mission, etc ….

Jacter broke the national record twice in 5,000m (his pet event), his 2nd record breaking time was 15.06.5 secs after running a 10,000m a day earlier, where he won a bronze medal in the 1983 SEA Games with a time of 32.44.0. Two days later after this 2 runs during the SEA Games, helped Singapore clinched another bronze medal in the ASEAN Relays by running last leg in the 4x1600m.

Courses / Seminars Attended

  • IAAF – New Level 2 (Old Level 3) Pilot Course on Jumps & MLD/RW (Jakarta, Indonesia), 2016
  • IAAF – Level 1 Lecturer Course
  • IAAF – Level 2, Middle & Long Distance (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • IAAF – Level 2, Sprints (Singapore) – Attended
  • IAAF – Level 1 & IOC – Olympic Solidarity Course (Singapore)
  • ASCA – Australia Strength & Conditioning Association
  • SSC / SAA – Track Officiating Course
  • SCC – Mental & Life Skill Training Course
  • SCC – Symposium of Sports Science
  • SNDA – Scientific Seminar – Sports Nutrition
  • SDSC – Disability Sports Conference
  • IOC – Sports Administrators Course
  • SDSC – Disabled Track & Field Technical and Coaching Course
  • First Aid Course (Singapore Red Cross)
  • MOE / SSSC / SPSSC Coaches Accreditation Course
  • SSTI – Understanding & Working with People with Physical Disabilities
  • CDSTC – Sports Technology, Sports Training & Sports Medicine
  • ACE/FIT – Sports Injuries
  • ACE/FIT – Advanced Muscle & Strength Development
  • ACE/FIT – Training Older Adults
  • ACE/FIT – Mobility & Stability Assessment and Training
  • SSC – National Standards for Youth Sports
  • SSC/MOE – National Standards for Youth Sports
  • SDSC – Team Manager Training Programme

Achievements / Awards

  • Former 5,000m Men’s National Record holder for 12 years (1983 – 1995)  
    Twice broke the Men’s National Record in 1983, both time was set in Singapore
  • Current 10,000m (32:37.9) National Under 20 Record Holder since 1979
  • Current 5,000m (15:06.5) National Under 23 Record Holder since 1983
  • 12th SEA Games (1983) – 10,000m bronze medalist –
    No Singaporean have won any medal in this event for the last 33 years
  • Represented Singapore in 4 SEA Games, 1 Asian T & F meet and numerous regional meets
  • Locally was unbeaten in National Cross Country runs, Road Races, National Road Relay runs and Half Marathons from 1979 – 1985
  • Locally was unbeaten also in track events over the distance from 800m to 10,000m from 1979 – 1985
  • Won numerous International meets and represented Singapore from 1979 – 1985
  • Singapore South Zone / School’s Sports Council – Colours Award, 1979
  • Singapore School’s Sports Council – Colours Award, 1979
  • Singapore Police Force – Sports Colour Award, 1981
  • SAA only nominee for Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) Meritorious Award, 1983
  • Represented Singapore Sikhs in Football
  • SDSC – Coach of the Year Award, 2007
  • Numerous Schools Awards

Coaching Experience

  • More than 24 years coaching experience, at all levels with sound results
  • Former Head Coach of Australia & New Zealand Association (ANZA) from 1999 – 2008
  • Former Chairman of Training / Selection & Head Coach of Swift AA
  • Former coach of St Andrew’s Junior College (SAJC) for 4 years & United World College (UWC) for 5 years
  • Current coach of Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) National Team since 2007
  • Currently also coaching our Local schools, conducting Private classes and Adults Running Programme 

Overseas Competitions as Coach

  • 2008 Asean Para Games (Korat, Thailand) – Athletics Coach
  • 2009 Arafura Games (Darwin, Australia) – Athletics Coach
  • 2009 Asean Para Games (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – Athletics Coach
  • 2009 Asean Youth Para Games (Tokyo, Japan) – Athletics Coach
  • 2009 IWAS World Games (Bangalore, India) – Athletics Coach
  • 2010 German Open (Bottrop, Germany) Team Manager & Athletics Coach
  • 2010 Danish Open (Copenhagen, Denmark) Team Manager & Athletics Coach
  • 2010 Asian Para Games (Guangzhou, China) Athletics Coach
  • 2011 Arafura Games (Darwin, Australia) Team Manager & Athletics Coach
  • 2011 SEA Junior Athletics Championship (Jakarta, Indonesia) SAA Athletics Coach
  • 2011 German Open (Singen, Germany) Team Manager & Athletics Coach
  • 2011 Asean Para Games (Solo, Indonesia) Athletics Coach
  • 2012 Malaysia Open Para Athletics C’ship (KL, Malaysia) Team Manager & Athletics Coach
  • 2014 Asean Para Games (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar) Athletics Coach
  • 2014 IPC China Open (Beijing, China) Athletics Coach
  • 2014 Sri Lanka Para Games (Colombo, Sri Lanka) Team Manager & Athletics Coach
  • 2014 Asian Para Games (Incheon, Korea) Team Manager & Athletics Coach
  • 2015 IPC China Open (Beijing, China) Athletics Coach



(An article extracted from 1983 Athletics Digest, Singapore)

Jacter Singh – National 5000m Record Holder

Jacter Singh started his athletics career at the age of sixteen. He claimed the 5000m record only recently during the 3rd All Comers Meet 1983, when he returned a time of 15:10:0s breaking P.C. Suppiah former record by a mere 0.6s. With stiffer competition in the SEA Games, Jacter is all set to break his record as well as the 10,000m record of 31.19.0s currently held by P.C. Suppiah in 1973. Jacter has also set his sight for future marathon races.

Performance

Event 1st Official Race Time ALL TIME PERSONAL BEST
10000m 32.50.2 32.37.9 (1979, Singapore, Age 17)
5000m 15.56.3 15.06.5 (1983, Singapore, Age 22)
3000m 9.02.6 Never competed again
1500m 4.05.1 3.55.6 (1984, Germany, Age 23)
800m 1.58.0 1.54.2 (1984, Germany, Age 23)
400m 52.3 Never competed again

If you would like to know more about the legend, his achievements, glory days and etc, read the clippings…..for your leisure.