Ang Peng Siong
Ang Peng Siong is in a class of his own. A swimmer, a coach, a volunteer, an entrepreneur, and the eternal competitor. He first swam for Singapore at the 1978 Asian Games. Almost 30 years later, he was still competing in World Masters events.
At 18 he won a sports scholarship to Houston University in the U.S. after being scouted at an international meet in Hawaii. Only two years later, Peng Siong won gold by setting the fastest time in the world for the 50m freestyle: 22.69 seconds at the US National Championships in Indianapolis. In 1984, Peng Siong placed 9th at the Los Angels Olympic Games in the 100m freestyle with a time of 51.09.
Believing that the ‘road to excellence is paved with pain, toil and sweat,’ Peng Siong has never stopped putting in the hours for his sport. He has coached the National teams for the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games, and he continues to be one of the best advocates for the sport. He was named Sportsman of the Year in 1982, 1983 and 1984. He also received the IOC Award for Excellence in Sports and Studies (1987).
Peng Siong has proved to be as gifted a coach as he was an athlete. Launching the APS Swim School was a natural progression for him, as surprising as it may have been to many people. “Sportsmen are not usually looked to as entrepreneurs. I think this will show that there is life for sportsmen past their prime.”