Throughout her career, Junie Sng, one of Singapore’s most renowned swimmers, collected an astounding number of medals, broken numerous records and dominated the swimming scene in the SEA and Asian Games.
Junie was 11 when she started swimming competitively for Singapore. Her first international competition was in 1975 at the 8th SEAP Games, where she claimed a gold and silver medal. In the 9th SEA Games in 1977, Junie won an amazing 5 gold medals and 1 silver, and broke 6 meet and 2 Asian Games women’s records. In the same year she smashed not only the Singapore Open women’s 400m freestyle record, but also the men’s 800m freestyle.
In 1978 Junie became the first Singaporean female swimmer to win gold at the 8th Asian Games. Her first came in the 400m freestyle and, just 24 hours later, she won the 800m freestyle. She also took a silver medal in the same games. During 1978, Junie made it to the finals in the Commonwealth Games in Canada for her efforts in the 800m freestyle. She continued her incredible run of success in 1979, in the 10th SEA Games, claiming 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal, and breaking 3 games and 3 national records. In the Tokyo Mini-Olympics, Junie collected 2 gold and 1 silver medal, also claiming the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award. To add to her growing collection of medals in 1979, Junie took home 9 golds in the 3rd Asean Age-Group Championships.
Determined to go out on a high note, Junie retired from swimming after the 1983 SEA Games. The Games were held in Singapore in front of her home crowd, and Junie didn’t disappoint her many fans. They watched her win an astounding 10 gold medals confirming her place in Singapore’s sporting history.