South East Asian Games
Singapore set new records for sports achievement at the 23rd South East Asian Games in Manila, Philippines in December 2005. The team won a staggering total of 129 medals, including 42 golds, 32 silvers and 55 bronze. Singapore’s previous best medal count was 30 golds. Moreover, 367 athletes qualified for the Games, our third largest contingent. Singapore’s athletes brought home medals in 21 sports from total of 33 sports.
While most athletes were SEA Games veterans, 10 athletes under the age of 15 were also sent. Giving our young athletes experience at overseas competitions has become an important part of training and preparation for our rising talents. Swimmer Joscelin Yeo, who had long been the backbone of the swim team, picked up six gold medals and two silvers. However, the youth strategy also paid off: newcomer Tao Li won an amazing four golds and a bronze while young Quah Ting Wen claimed a silver and two bronze medals.
Swimming wasn’t the only sport where the youngster proved their worth. Fourteen year-old Sean Lee secured the silver medal for Singapore in the Optimist Boys sailing. Singapore’s sailors won 10 medals in total, of which seven were golds.
Our table tennis players also swept six gold medals at the SEA Games. Yang Zi clinched three gold medals in the Men’s Doubles, Men’s Team, and in the Mixed Doubles alongside Zhang Xueling. She who also claimed gold in the Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Women’s Team. Yang Zi also took bronze in the Men’s Singles.
Complete South East Asian Games Past Winners List