Team Singapore Readies for the 28th SEA Games
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 athletes and 342 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.
2. This figure includes secretariat and sports science and medical support staff. The previous figure of 230 includes NSA officials only.