Singapore National Olympic Council http://www.singaporeolympics.com Official Site Mon, 18 May 2015 01:09:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Speech By Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister For Social And Family Development And President, Singapore National Olympic Council at the Team Singapore 28th Sea Games Flag Presentation Ceremony http://www.singaporeolympics.com/2015/05/12/speech-by-mr-tan-chuan-jin-minister-for-social-and-family-development-and-president-singapore-national-olympic-council-at-the-team-singapore-28th-sea-games-flag-presentation-ceremony/ http://www.singaporeolympics.com/2015/05/12/speech-by-mr-tan-chuan-jin-minister-for-social-and-family-development-and-president-singapore-national-olympic-council-at-the-team-singapore-28th-sea-games-flag-presentation-ceremony/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 08:42:14 +0000 http://www.singaporeolympics.com/?p=1601 The 28th SEA Games Singapore contingent is not only the biggest contingent to represent Singapore at any major Games, this is also the biggest crowd I have ever seen at a Team Singapore Flag Presentation Ceremony!

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Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community & Youth Chefs-de-Mission Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang
Athletes and officials
Colleagues and friends from the Singapore National Olympic Council, MCCY, Sport
Singapore, and National Sports Associations
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

Good evening.

The 28th SEA Games Singapore contingent is not only the biggest contingent to represent Singapore at any major Games, this is also the biggest crowd I have ever seen at a Team Singapore Flag Presentation Ceremony!

There are many milestones to celebrate today. We are here to commemorate the official start of Team Singapore’s SEA Games journey and we have just witnessed Tianwei, Yuegu and Pinxiu’s Hall of Fame induction. We have also heard from our athletes on how Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy has benefitted every one of us here.

The wheels have been set in motion for Singapore to deliver the 28th SEA Games right after the 2013 edition concluded in Myanmar. Since we last hosted the Games in 1993, our athletes have been very eager to compete on home soil again. It was not an easy job for the SNOC Selection Committee to select 749 athletes out of the many nominations we received. We wanted more athletes to compete in front of the home crowd yet we also needed to maintain the standards of the contingent. In competition, it may not always go according to plan, but I am confident that regardless of the results, our athletes will do their very best.

Among the athletes and officials in this contingent, there is a very diverse mix and representation of Singaporeans – from our youngest athlete and sailor, Primary 6 student Muhammad Daniel Kei, to 50-year old teacher Vicki Heo who is not only competitive in the sport of Pétanque but also champions the sport to her students. There are also the privileged few who were part of the 1993 SEA Games contingent. 1993 sailing Gold Medallists Anthony Kiong and Colin Ng will be aiming for another shot at glory. Whether you are a debutant or veteran, I am sure you will have an extraordinary Games.

For the first time, we have appointed two Chefs de Mission for a major Games as we need to cover a contingent size of 749 athletes and 342 officials competing in 386 events in 36 sports. With Eng Liang’s vast experience in leading successful major Games outings and Nicholas’ enthusiasm, Team Singapore is in good hands.

Over the past 18 months, there are many people working behind the scenes helping our athletes and serving their needs to help them prepare for the Games. NSAs, SportSG, Singapore Sports Institute, coaches, sparring partners, employers, schools, families and friends, we know this Games is as important to you. Athletes, let’s give them a round of applause for their unwavering dedication and efforts.

Hosting the SEA Games in Singapore during its 50th anniversary celebrations is hugely significant. It’s been 22 years since we last hosted our regional friends and for our athletes to compete in front of our home crowd at the SEA Games. I know that our athletes and our citizens will be great ambassadors for Singapore. I believe we can all be inspired by the 28th SEA Games and to not only achieve greater heights in sports, but to be united as one nation and one people.

I wish all of you a wonderful Games. Thank you.

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Swimmer Quah Ting Wen and gymnast Hoe Wah Toon to lead the 749 athlete-strong contingent as Flag Bearer and Pledge Taker respectively

Singapore, 12 May 2015 – Athletes and officials of the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) Team Singapore contingent gathered at the Singapore Sports Hub’s OCBC Square today to commemorate the start of their journey towards the Games. The contingent of 749[1] athletes and 342[2] officials will be the biggest ever team representing Singapore at a major Games.

With 24 days to the start of the Games, family members and friends joined the athletes as they witnessed the Flag Presentation ceremony in the presence of the Guest-of-Honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, and Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Ministry of Communications and Information.

Minister Tan presented the Singapore flag as a symbol of honour to the two Chefs de Mission (CDMs), Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang, who had the honour of handing it over to Ms Quah Ting Wen, the flag bearer for the 28th SEA Games.

“Hosting the SEA Games in Singapore during its 50th anniversary celebrations is hugely significant. It’s been 22 years since we last hosted our regional friends and for our athletes to compete in front of our home crowd at the SEA Games. I know that our athletes and our citizens will be great ambassadors for Singapore. I believe we can all be inspired by the 28th SEA Games and to not only achieve greater heights in sports, but to be united as one nation and one people,” said Minister Tan.

Swimmer Ting Wen (22), 2008 Olympian and Most Valuable Athlete at the 2009 Asian Youth Games, will be participating in nine events at her fifth edition of the SEA Games. She said, “I am very honoured to be selected as the flag bearer, it is an important duty that I will carry out with utmost pride. My aspiration for the 28th SEA Games is to go for my best times and hope to bring pride to the country as a united Team Singapore.”

Hoe Wah Toon (25), who will be participating in his third SEA Games, is very excited with the prospects of competing in front of the home crowd on Singapore’s 50th anniversary. He said, “As an athlete, I carry immense pride and excitement to compete on home ground. It is not often we have this opportunity to compete in a major Games at home, I hope the SEA Games will be a spectacular experience as we celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday.”

Four key engagement sessions organised prior to the Ceremony brought representatives of 30 sports together to remember Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew and reflect on how his legacy can inspire Team Singapore. A tribute artefact titled “His Legacy, Our Story” with artwork pieces created by the athletes was unveiled by the two Ministers and two CDMs.

Earlier in the Ceremony, Olympic medallists Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu, and Paralympic medallist Yip Pinxiu were inducted into the Hall of Fame by Minister Wong.

1. The SNOC received a Late Athlete Replacement request for Sheik Farhan to replace Muhammad Shakir in the male Match Class H (80-85kg) event. Hence, the number of athletes in the Singapore contingent now stands at 749.
2. This figure includes secretariat and sports science and medical support staff. The previous figure of 230 includes NSA officials only.

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Annex A: Games fact sheet
Annex B: Profiles of CDMs, flag bearer and pledge taker
Annex C: Team Singapore 28th SEA Games athletes list

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Joint Media Release

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed an agreement with the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) to be the Official Airline Partner for Team Singapore.

Under the three year agreement from now until 30 April 2018, SIA will provide an agreed value of air tickets for Team Singapore athletes and officials’ travel to participate in major games such as the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2017 Asian Youth Games and the 2017 SEA Games.

SIA will also provide excess baggage for the contingent’s sporting equipment, operational support for check-in and ground handling services, special flight-related services including the special handling of sports equipment and provision of special meals, where required.

“We are proud to be the Official Airline Partner for the Singapore National Olympic Council, in another example of our commitment to sports and tourism. Singapore Airlines is honoured to extend support to our local sporting talents as they fly on us to represent Singapore in international events and bring the nation sporting glory,” said Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah.

“Singapore Airlines has been very supportive in providing exceptional service and special dispensation to our athletes and officials travelling to the major Games in the past. Therefore, we are very pleased to welcome Singapore Airlines on board as our Official Airline Partner and share our journey to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and other major Games with them,” said Mr Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the SNOC.

SIA has been a long-standing supporter of local sports and is the Official Airline Partner for the 28th SEA Games to be held in Singapore from 5 to 16 June 2015. The Airline has been supporting the Singapore Sports Awards, which recognise athletes who make outstanding contributions to local sports, since 1999, by providing yearly tickets to the Sportsman, Sportswoman, Sportsboy and Sportsgirl of the year. The Airline has also been supporting the Singapore Sports School through rebated air tickets to nurture emerging sports talents since 2002.

About Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is committed to operating a modern aircraft fleet, offering world-class cabin products and top quality service provided by the iconic and elegant Singapore Girl. With Singapore as its main hub, the Airline operates services to 60 destinations in 33 countries.

Singapore Airlines has more than 100 modern aircraft in its fleet, and created aviation history in October 2007 by becoming the world’s first airline to fly the largest commercial plane in the world, the Airbus A380. In July 2013, Singapore Airlines launched its next-generation cabin products in all
three classes as well as the world’s most advanced in-flight entertainment system.

About the Singapore National Olympic Council The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is the national non-profit organisation that coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at the major games such as the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore’s involvement in the Games is resolutely anchored in the Olympic ideals that were first espoused by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in 1894. For more information, please visit www.snoc.org.sg

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pl scholarshipSingapore, 4 May 2015 – More than $1 million in scholarships were awarded to 373 deserving young athletes at the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship Ceremony. The Guest-of-Honour, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin who is the Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, was among the dignitaries who presented the scholarships to the athletes at the ITE College Central today.

The Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship was launched in 2010 when businessman and philanthropist Mr Peter Lim donated $10 million to the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) to set up a scholarship.

The aim of the Scholarship is to provide support to outstanding young athletes to facilitate their pursuit in sports excellence, in particular, for those from financially challenged backgrounds. This donation remains the largest individual donation for a sports scholarship in Singapore.

This year, the SOF received 1,170 applications from 51 sports representing 148 schools before the deadline of 30 January 2015 in four categories: Primary ($1,000), Secondary ($2,000), Junior College / Integrated Programme / Tertiary ($3,000), and High Performance under-18 ($5,000). Recipients are required to meet a set of criteria, such as displaying consistent results in relevant sports competitions, to be eligible for the Scholarship.

The Scholarship also supports high performance athletes who are under 18 years of age on a high performance pathway. Forty-eight outstanding young athletes qualified for this year’s High Performance (under-18) category, a two-fold increase from last year’s recipients.

Among the 373 recipients, 60 will be participating in the upcoming SEA Games in Singapore. They include swimmer Quah Zheng Wen who has also clocked an ‘A’ Qualifying time for the 2016 Olympic Games in the men’s 200m butterfly event.

Said Zheng Wen, “I am very pleased to receive the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship, the support has encouraged me to work harder towards my sporting ambitions. I am also grateful to be recognised among other young athletes who have performed well representing Singapore on the world stage. I hope to do well at the upcoming SEA Games, and look forward to competing among the world’s best swimmers at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

As the nation celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Scholarship also celebrates a five-year milestone since its inauguration in 2010. So far, 1,450 SOF-Peter Lim Scholarships of nearly S$4 million have been awarded.

“Over the last five years, we have awarded 1,450 Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarships of nearly S$4 million. We have witnessed recipients make personal breakthroughs, break personal best and national records, and win medals at major Games such as the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Youth Olympic Games, and many other international competitions”.

“These achievements are the credit of the many stakeholders who have supported our local athletes over the past decades. These progressive milestones also signify a strong desire and capability among our athletes to thrive in sports. The Singapore Olympic Foundation is very grateful to Mr Peter Lim for his generosity, and we hope we can continue to help our local athletes fulfil their sporting dreams,” said Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of the Singapore Olympic Foundation.

A special theme paying tribute to local sporting talents was also displayed at the Ceremony as sporting champions K. Jayamani and James Wong shared their experiences of trials and tribulations with the recipients and their families.

Download Attachments
Annex A – List of Under-18 High Performance category recipients
Annex B – List of recipients participating in the 2015 SEA Games

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  • Be inspired by the stories behind our athletes’ aspirations
  • Enjoy 24/7 live coverage of the games, at home and on the go
  • Cheer for Team Singapore with technology that will aggregate unique insights

Singapore, 29 April, 2015 – Singtel is on a mission to get everyone rallying behind Team Singapore at the coming SEA Games. Singtel had earlier announced its commitment as the SEA Games’ Official Multimedia Partner, with sponsorship of over S$15 million worth of nextgeneration multimedia solutions and technology infrastructure.

SingtelSingtel will shine the spotlight on our Team Singapore athletes and the people who have been their guiding lights, with a glimpse into these behind-the-scenes personalities. Members of the public will hear the inspiring stories of the heroes behind each successful athlete.

“In addition to our sponsorship and multimedia support for the SEA Games, we want to recognise the many extraordinary people that are at the heart of the Games,” said Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

“We want to focus on – and rally the nation to cheer for – every single person who has in some way or other contributed to the SEA Games. This includes the everyday Singaporeans working in the shadows, who share a common dream with our sportsmen and women, and who are as deserving of recognition.”

“The Singapore National Olympic Council is delighted to partner Singtel in their quest to rally Singaporeans to cheer for our Team Singapore athletes, as well as the people who have inspired them. As Team Singapore athletes and officials prepare for the final stretch leading up to the SEA Games, the support from the nation will certainly give them the added encouragement to strive for the best,” said Mr Chris Chan, Secretary-General, Singapore National Olympic Council.

Celebrating the Extraordinary

Six Team Singapore athletes – Adam Swandi (Football), Jasmine Ser (Shooting), Joseph Schooling (Swimming), Russel Low (Basketball), Tong Kah Mun (Gymnastics) and Vera Tan (Wushu) – share their stories about the people who have made personal sacrifices, and who have gone the extra mile to support them on their SEA Games quest. (See Annex 1 for the stories)

Vera has nominated her physiotherapist Hwee Koon as her extraordinary person, touched by how she always takes time out to treat any injury she sustains, sometimes even long after the office has closed.

Shooter Jasmine shares how her sister Adrienne – who first got her into the sport of shooting, and then became her biggest fan – tirelessly drives her to and from the range, and the airport when she travels for training and competitions.

Russel from the Basketball team tells us about Uncle Koon, who works at the stadium where he trains. For as long as he can remember, Uncle Koon has been there before dawn every morning, preparing the equipment for training.

These inspiring tributes have been compiled into a series of short videos, which will be available online, on Singtel TV, on screens at Singtel shops and at events across the island.

To encourage the younger generation to draw inspiration from these stories and emulate these values beyond the sporting scene, a contest for secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics and ITEs will be held from now till 20 May, 2015. Students can participate by submitting a video on the person – or people – in their lives that has inspired them to achieve extraordinary things. To enter, they simply upload the video to Youtube with the hashtag #inspiringSG. The top three submissions will win a cash prize, SEA Games tickets and merchandise for themselves and their schools.

Enjoying the Games live, on the Go and with your community

As the Official Pay TV Broadcaster, Singtel will deliver an immersive experience of the SEA Games to Singaporeans island-wide across multiple platforms. From 5 to 16 June, the public can share the moments of glory, pain and perspiration as top athletes in the region challenge their physical and mental limits. Singtel TV subscribers can catch the action for free on two dedicated channels (Channel 134 and 135), with live feeds and specially customised
programming.

For those on the move, the Games will also be available on the Singtel TV GO mobile app for free to everyone in Singapore. The app can be downloaded via Google Play and the Apple App Store with no subscription required.

To enable the community to come together to support their favourite athletes, live screenings of the Games will be held at community centres across the island.

Cheering for Singapore with unique data insights

As Singaporeans go online to share their views and show support for Team Singapore at the events, Singtel will be aggregating and analysing these activities, conversations and sentiments, to derive unique insights.

For the first time in Singapore, Singtel will be able to draw on information from Internet platforms – websites, blogs, videos, social media and more – to show what the community is discussing and reading regarding Team Singapore. It will identify and rank the audience’s interests by trending associations, such as a specific topic, athlete or sport. This is called the Singtel Cheer Aggregator.

Powered by Amobee Brand Intelligence insights – the Singtel Cheer Aggregator, using data analytics, tracks not just what people say on social media platforms, but also the content they consume from across millions of webpages, tweets, postings, articles and videos. (See Annex 2 for screenshots of the Cheer Aggregator)

“Singtel Cheer Aggregator will reflect the collective support from within the community and present it in a visual way. The technology is able to provide a 360-degree view of both online and on-ground activities without the need for tags or hashtags,” said Mr Yuen.

“We look forward to seeing the swell of support as fans join in and root for Team Singapore every step of the way.” The live data will be showcased on Singtel TV, at the Sports Hub and on Singtel’s SEA Games microsite. For more details of Singtel’s community activities for the SEA Games, check out www.singtel.com/seagames2015.

About Singtel

Singtel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including infocomm technology, pay TV as well as voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa with over 500 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a vast network of offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.

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Annex 1: Stories of inspiration

Russel Low

(Basketballer)

 

“He’s here before me and he’s the last to leave the court. He’s so dedicated, why can’t we be?”

Uncle Koon – The stadium uncle who has always been there every morning before his training, getting the equipment ready for him.

Tong Kah Mun

(Gymnast)

 

“If you want to go fast, you go alone. But if you want to go far, you go together, as a group.”

 

Her special group of seven friends who have always been there for her. Helping her to keep up with her school work whenever she is away, and always being supportive.

 

Adam Swandi

(Footballer)

 

“Mr Rajan’s loyalty has inspired me to keep on going, and not to give up.”

 

Mr Rajan, his ex-GM, who still helps and advises Adam on his game, and also helped him get his exams done and to complete school.

Jasmine Ser

(Shooter)

 

“I thought to myself, whether I could be the same as her. So I took up the sport – Shooting. She’s my inspiration.”

 

Adrienne, her sister who got her into the sport of shooting, and then became her biggest fan – drives her to-and-from the range and to the airport despite her busy schedule.

 

Vera Tan (Wu

Shu)

“After all the effort she put in to help me with my injuries, I should step up my game, I should train even harder.”

 

Hwee Koon, her physiotherapist always goes the extra mile and patiently takes time out to treat any injury. Sometimes she stays overtime to treat her even after the office has closed.

Joseph

Schooling

(Swimmer)

His parents May and Colin are his inspiration. They are in turn proud of the effort and hard work he puts in to achieve his success.

Annex 2: Singtel Cheer Aggregator

Singtel Cheer Aggregator

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The Singapore National Olympic Council launches a collection of 50 inspiring sports stories in “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”

Singapore, 17 April 2015 – The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) commemorated 50 of Singapore’s most inspiring sports stories in a book titled “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”. The book and its accompanying photo exhibition were launched by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council at the Sports Hub Library today.

The stories in the 204-page book celebrate the human spirit capturing the grittiest, the boldest and the toughest beyond the sporting feats. Pioneer sporting champions join national athletes and teams in this collection of 50 profiles which varies from representatives in athletics to contract bridge and squash.

“This collection represents just a fraction of many other inspiring stories of our athletes” endeavours, many of which are still waiting to be told. The SNOC is pleased to play the role of sharing some of these stories to the public. The publication of this book is timely to commemorate Singapore’s 50th anniversary as these stories are testament to the progress we have made as a nation, not just in sports but also in building a nation,” said Mr Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the SNOC.

An example of grit is told through 32-year-old Mr Lim Yao Xiang, a former national water polo player and fin swimmer, who shared his setbacks and journey in the book. Resilient in the face of difficulties, he struggled to transit as a promising age-group swimmer to the national level and failed to make the cut to get into the SEA Games team. Undeterred, he shifted his focus to fin swimming and made it to the 2003 SEA Games squad to win a gold medal. His second attempt at SEA Games success was fulfilled when his hard work earned him a coveted spot in the men’s water polo team. Now a PE teacher at Raffles Institution and water polo coach, he said, “My story is very simple. It just says hard work and passion do pay off.”

Explaining the importance of sharing stories of our local athletes, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin said, “More significant than their triumphs must be the way they overcame all kinds of odds to fulfil their dreams. Indeed for these athletes and others like them every win is a testimony of not just their skills but their resilience and fighting spirit. It is such traits that we are celebrating with “50est”, a collection of profiles paying tribute to some of our best athletes.

“At heart, sports is an important rallying activity that brings people together, a good platform for community building. In the end, medals and records are wonderful. But it is people coming together which is the truest essence of sports. In this spirit, the SNOC would also like to dedicate this book to NTUC FairPrice Foundation, a sponsor of the SNOC since 2006, their generosity continues to inspire Singaporeans every day.”

Penned by a team of writers and reporters, the book’s editorial team was led by Mr Chua Chong Jin, a former journalist who currently divides his time teaching at the Nanyang Business School and his communications consultancy. Principal photographer Mr Danny Toh, an Art educator by profession, captured the true essence of the athletes in stunning black and white images, a selection of which will be displayed in a photo exhibition at the Sports Hub Library till August 2015.

The SNOC will be distributing the books to libraries in primary and secondary schools through Civica Pte Ltd, who manages Ministry of Education libraries as well as the Sports Hub Library. Copies of the book will also be distributed to other organisations and institutions such as the Institutes of Higher Learning, National Sports Associations and National Library Board. While the book is not for sale, the stories and photos will be available for the public to access via the website, www.snoc.org.sg/50est An electronic copy of the book will be also available for download on the website.

The Sports Hub Library and Civica Pte Ltd, the official venue partners, will also be organising activities for the public where members of the public can meet the athletes and obtain copies of the book (see Annex C for more details).

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Annex A – Athletes featured in “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”
Annex B – Book specifications and project team
Annex C – Activities at the Sports Hub Library

For media queries or a copy of the book, please contact:
HO Shu Fen, Singapore National Olympic Council
Tel: 65 6702 5155 / 65 9793 8443, Email: hoshufen@snoc.org.sg

Annex A – Athletes featured in “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”

No.

Name

Sport

1

Men’s 4x100m Relay Team

Athletics

2

Ang Peng Siong

Swimming

3

Scott Ang

Triathlon

4

Men’s Team 

Basketball

5

Dinah Chan

Cycling

6

David-Jonathan Chan 

Gymnastics

7

Colin Cheng

Sailing

8

Bernie Chin

Sailing

9

Sasha Christian

Waterski & Wakeboard 

10

Lewis Chua

Weightlifting

11

Aleksandar Duric

Football

12

Fandi Ahmad

Football

13

Feng Tianwei

Table Tennis

14

K. Jayamani

Athletics

15

Jing Junhong

Table Tennis

16

Janine Khoo

Equestrian

17

C Kunalan

Athletics 

18

Timothy Lee & Mark Lee

Diving

19

Lee Yu-Wen

Bowling

20

Lee Wung Yew

Shooting

21

David Lim

Swimming

22

Lim Heem Wei

Gymnastics 

23

Lim Wei Wen

Fencing

24

Lim Yao Xiang

Waterpolo

25

Mok Ying Ren

Athletics

26

Muhammad Ridhwan Ahmad

Boxing

27

Muhammad Jaris Goh

Bowling

28

Bryan Ng

Rugby 

29

Ng Hanbin

Basketball

30

Brandon Ooi

Canoeing

31

May Ooi

Swimming & Mixed Martial Arts

32

Veronica Shanti Pereira

Athletics 

33

Dipna Lim Prasad 

Athletics 

34

Gabriel Quak

Football

35

Saiyidah Aishah

Rowing

36

Joseph Schooling

Swimming

37

U.K. Shyam

Athletics 

38

Benedict Tan

Sailing

39

Tan Yoke Lan

Contract Bridge

40

Tao Li

Swimming 

41

Teo Shun Xie

Shooting

42

Martina Lindsay Veloso

Shooting

43

Men’s Team

Waterpolo

44

Derek Wong

Badminton

45

Scott Wong

Weightlifting

46

Gary Yeo

Athletics 

47

Jonathan Yeo

Sailing

48

Yin Jing Yuan

Table Tennis

49

Zainal Abidin 

Squash 

50

“X” Sports

All Sports

Annex B – Book synopsis, specifications and project team

Book synopsis
Think of sports and one thinks of superlatives. Among athletes, there’s always the fastest, the strongest, the greatest. Beyond sporting feats, one celebrates the human spirit captured in terms like the grittiest, the boldest and the toughest. Taking a cue from this and from Singapore’s 50th anniversary, the Singapore National Olympic Council has put together a collection featuring 50 of our nation’s sports stories in “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”.

Book specifications

Size:

230mm (W) x 180mm (H)

Contents:

204 pages

Inside:

Black and white

Finishing:

Matt lamination with “Gold” hot-stamping on front cover

Binding:              

 

Project team

Thread sewn and hard case

Publisher:

Singapore National Olympic Council

Editor:

Chua Chong Jin

Photographer:

Danny Toh

Copy editor:

Jeannette Xavier

Senior writers:

Team from Asia Edit & Teo Cheng Wee

Reporters and writers:

Teams from Inkspire & Cutting@dge

Athlete reporter:

Kenneth Khoo

Designer:

Chloe Sng

Printer:

Unique Colour Separation Pte Ltd

Contributors:

Chan Chao Peh, Jerome Seow, Lee Min Kok, Radha

Chitale

Dedicated to:

 

NTUC FairPrice Foundation, a sponsor of the

Singapore National Olympic Council since 2006

Venue partners:

 

Sports Hub Library & Civica Pte Ltd

 

 

Annex C – Activities at the Sports Hub Library

“50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul” – A Photo Exhibition by the SNOC

Date: 18 April – August
Venue: Sports Hub Library
Think of sports and one thinks of superlatives. Among athletes, there’s always the fastest, the strongest, the greatest. Beyond sporting feats, one celebrates the human spirit captured in terms like the grittiest, the boldest and the toughest. Taking a cue from this and from Singapore’s 50th anniversary, the Singapore National Olympic Council has put together a collection featuring 50 of our nation’s sports stories in “50est”. Come down to the Sports Hub Library to view a special photo exhibition featuring these athletes.

“50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul” – Meet and Greet Session

Date: Saturday, 18 April 2015
Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Sports Hub Library

In conjunction with the book launch of “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”, meet our Singapore athletes such as Lim Heem Wei, Lee Wung Yew, Mok Ying Ren, Sasha Christian and Lim Yao Xiang as they share their stories of grit, resilience and determination.

“50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul” – Book Giveaway

First 100 people to register as members of the Sports Hub Library will receive a complimentary copy of the book, “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”. Starts 19 April.

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More Athletes to Represent Singapore at the 2015 SEA Games http://www.singaporeolympics.com/2015/04/02/more-athletes-to-represent-singapore-at-the-2015-sea-games/ http://www.singaporeolympics.com/2015/04/02/more-athletes-to-represent-singapore-at-the-2015-sea-games/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:07:13 +0000 http://www.singaporeolympics.com/?p=1570 The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) Games Appeals Committee approved the selection of additional 44 athletes (refer to Annex A) for the 2015 SEA Games today.

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Singapore, 2 April 2015 – The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) Games Appeals Committee approved the selection of additional 44 athletes (refer to Annex A) for the 2015 SEA Games today.

These athletes will join the 941 athletes who have already been selected by the SNOC to represent Singapore at the SEA Games.

This selection process includes athletes who have qualified and met the benchmark set by the SNOC for the SEA Games.

The National Sports Associations (NSAs) will then narrow down the specific athletes who will be represented in the sports events in accordance to their internal selection policies. The NSAs will have to submit the shortlist to SNOC by 15 April 2015. The final list of athletes representing Singapore at the 2015 SEA Games is expected to be ready by end April 2015.

“Tremendous efforts have been put in by the athletes and the National Sports Associations to qualify for the 2015 SEA Games. This spirit displayed by them is very encouraging. The Singapore National Olympic Council is proud to endorse their participation for the upcoming SEA Games,” said Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

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About the Singapore National Olympic Council

The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is the national non-profit organisation that coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at the major games such as the Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore’s involvement in the Games is resolutely anchored in the Olympic ideals that were first espoused by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in 1894. For more information, please visit www.snoc.org.sg

Annex A – SEA Games 2015 Appeals Meeting Results

AQUATICS-SWIMMING

 

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

MEAGAN LIM SHEN-HUI

F

200m Individual Medley

 

CHLOE WANG WENYI

F

800m Freestyle

 

NUR MARINA CHAN SHI MIN ALIF ABDULLAH

F

4 x 100m Freestyle Relay

 

HOONG EN QI

F

4 x 100m Freestyle Relay

 

BOXING

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

TAY JIA WEI

M

Mens 69kg

 

ANGELINE DEVI D/O DEVANTHIRAN

F

Womens 51kg

 

EFASHA BINTE KAMARUDIN

F

Womens 54kg

 

NUR SHIREN RISHYANI D/O MOHAMED GOUSH

 

LEONA HUI XIN YEE

F

Womens 45 – 48kg

 

NURSHAHIDAH BINTE ROSLIE

F

Womens 57kg

 

TEO HUI HOON

 

 

 

 

PENCAK SILAT

Name

Gender

Event

MUHAMMAD HAZIQ ZAINAL ABIDIN

M

Tanding – 45kg to 50kg (Class A) (M)

PETANQUE

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

SHANTI PRAKASH

M

Men’s Triples

 

 

VOLLEYBALL

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

MEN’S TEAM

M

Volleyball – Men’s Team

 

ARCHERY

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

LOW LUAN ENG

F

Compound Women
Individual

BADMINTON

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

WONG JIA YING CRYSTAL

F

Women’s Team

Women’s Singles

Women’s Doubles

 

RUGBY

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

CHAI JIA LING, GERALDINE

F

Rugby 7s – Women

 

 

 

 

GYMNASTICS

Name

Gender

Event

 

JANESSA DAI MIN YI

F

WAG Floor

 

NADINE JOY NATHAN

F

WAG Vault

 

CHARMAINE YEO YAN

F

WAG
Balance Beam

 

DAWNE CHUA YUN XI

F

RG
Group

 

SIM KWEE PENG ANN

F

 

EDLYN HO ZEN YEE

F

 

NOELLE GOH

F

 

ALISON TANG WAN XUAN

F

 

MEGAN CHONG WEI GAN

F

WUSHU

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

ADALIA JESSE COLIN

M

Men – Duilian (Weapon)

ATHLETICS

 

Name

Gender

Event

 

WONG YAOHAN MELVIN

M

5000m (M)

10000m (M)

 

HOCKEY

S/N

Name

Gender

Event

 

LUO YING YING

F

Hockey –  Women

 

SURIATI BTE SONNY

FLOORBALL

S/N

Name

Gender

Event

 

NATALIA CLARE WEE YUNING

F

Floorball – Women

 

POON QIANMIN, EVANGELINE

 

AMANDA YEAP

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2503 MDCWe are giving you the chance to be part of the Winter Youth Olympic Games by designing the medal for the next winter edition, in Lillehammer in 2016!

All you have to do is go to www.medaldesigncompetition.com, get inspired and submit your very own design. The competition opens today and runs until 1 June 2015.

The winning design and two runners up will be selected by a judging panel made up of the Young Ambassadors and Young Reporters who have been involved in the YOG since the inaugural Singapore 2010 edition/Games. Also joining the panel will be IOC members Claudia Bokel, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Olympic silver medallist in fencing, and Angela Ruggiero, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lillehammer 2016 and Olympic champion in ice hockey.

The winning design will be selected at the end of June 2015 and this design will then feature on the face of the gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in Lillehammer from 12 to 21 February 2016.

In addition to the prestige of creating Olympic history, the winning designer will win a trip to Lillehammer 2016, which includes tickets to the Opening Ceremony and sports competition, as well as a full collection of medals featuring their design.

So what are you waiting for? Get creative and enter your design!

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Passing of Singapore’s founding leader, Mr Lee Kuan Yew http://www.singaporeolympics.com/2015/03/23/passing-of-singapores-founding-leader-mr-lee-kuan-yew/ http://www.singaporeolympics.com/2015/03/23/passing-of-singapores-founding-leader-mr-lee-kuan-yew/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:47:43 +0000 http://www.singaporeolympics.com/?p=1564 It is with deep sadness to learn of the passing of our founding leader, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee believed that sports will develop a rugged society. He was an advocate of sports and encouraged Singaporeans to lead healthy lifestyles through sports. Under his watch as Prime Minister and Senior Minister, Singapore hosted the […]

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It is with deep sadness to learn of the passing of our founding leader, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Mr Lee believed that sports will develop a rugged society. He was an advocate of sports and encouraged Singaporeans to lead healthy lifestyles through sports.

Under his watch as Prime Minister and Senior Minister, Singapore hosted the 1973, 1983 and 1993 SEA Games. He officiated the final leg of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame when we hosted the inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2010. It is with deep regret that we will miss his presence at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore this June.

Our condolences go out to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his family for their loss.

Rest in peace, Mr Lee. You will always be in our hearts.

Photo: www.rememberingleekuanyew.sg

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