Sports Shaped my Life | Alexsandar Duric | TEDxYouth – Singapore


Told in a refreshingly frank and honest manner, Beyond Borders is far more than a footballer’s memoir. Duric’s tale of tragedy and triumph, adversity and adventure, is as surprising as it is inspiring.

BEYOND BORDERS was co-written with Glenn Wray, a Northern Irishman who works in the publishing industry in Singapore. 

The Incredible Story of Aleksander Duric | Olympian. Refugee. Footballer.


Aleksandar Đurić, Александар Ђурић, was born in Bosnia in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

He overcame a difficult childhood to become a junior canoeing champion. Against all odds, he made an unlikely appearance at the 1992 Olympic Games whilst the fires of the Bosnian War raged in his homeland, a war that had tragic consequences for the Duric family.

A nomadic career in football followed before Duric finally found his feet – and his home – in Singapore. It was in this Southeast Asian nation that Duric truly made his name, becoming an all-conquering force in Singapore’s top domestic league and going on to represent the Singapore national team more than 50 times.

He holds the record for most goals ever scored in Singapore’s top division, the S-League.

He is currently a Principal for Sport Singapore & ActiveSG Football Academy.


Aleksandar Duric’s daily discipline enabled his challenges to become true growth opportunities. He remains triumphant through adversity.

His life is an inspiration to many. Executives, sports teams, and young people all benefit from his raw energy and life story.

Whether the topic is discipline, teamwork, or perseverance, Aleksandar inspires his audiences to embrace obstacles and to follow their dreams.

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