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Rousing Send-Off For Team Singapore Sports School

Nay Pyi Taw 2013 Southeast Asian Games Send-Off Ceremony

Singapore Sports School will be cheering on 44 student-athletes and alumni as they compete at the Naypyidaw 2013 Sea Games from 11 to 22 December 2013. Forty-one will be part of the 307-strong Team Singapore contingent; additionally, there will be three student-athletes representing Malaysia (2) and Thailand (1).

The athletes received a rousing reception at the send-off ceremony organised by Singapore Sports School for its Southeast Asian Games-bound student athletes and alumni on 7 November 2013. Among the athletes who attended the ceremony were Olympians Dipna Lim Prasad and Calvin Kang Li Loong. Swimmers Mylene Ong Chui Bin and Tao Li, the School’s other Olympians, were unable to attend due to their training schedule.

Dipna, who is the national record holder in the 200m, 100m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles, led the Singapore Sports School contingent in taking The Athlete’s Pledge. Dipna has also been selected by Singapore National Olympic Council to be Singapore’s flag-bearer at the Sea Games.

Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture Community and Youth; and Chairman, Board of Directors, Singapore Sports School, was the guest-of-honour for the event. In her speech, Ms Yeoh encouraged the athletes to uphold the School values as they compete to do their country and School proud.

She said: “I expect all of you to uphold the values of Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence and Resilience that you have learnt at the Sports School. Preserve the Olympic Spirit which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. We will cheer you on in Singapore in December.”

Twenty-one athletes will be making their debuts at the Games, including 14-year old golfer Amanda Tan, who is the youngest member of the Sports School contingent. She is also the youngest golfer ever to represent Team Singapore at the biennial Games.

“I feel honoured to be able to represent my country and School. That sense of pride when I was on stage reciting The Athlete’s Pledge and seeing all the supporters cheering us is just incredible. I hope to inspire my fellow student-athletes to train hard so that someday, we can be on this stage together, inspiring future batches of Sports School student-athletes,” said Amanda.

In addition, Singapore Sports School will be represented by five staff members. Shooting Academy Coach Nigel Lim will be competing in the Men’s Pistol events. This would be his third time competing at the Games. He had previously represented Singapore at the Vientiane 2009 and Jakarta-Palembang 2011 Sea Games and won a gold medal in the Men’s 50m Pistol Team event at the Vientiane 2009 Sea Games.

Swimming Academy coach Fang Haijiao, Track and Field Academy coaches Margaret Oh and Viatcheslav Vassiliev, and Sport Physiotherapist Jennifer Su will be going to Naypyidaw as Team Singapore officials.

100PLUS Supports Team Singapore’s Sporting Aspirations

Singapore Sports School’s sponsorship programme partner, 100PLUS-F&N Interflavine Singapore Private Limited, held a public event on 7 November 2013 at Velocity Mall in support of Singapore’s Southeast Asian Games athletes. This event, organised exclusively for Singapore Sports School student-athletes and alumni, was held in conjunction with the School’s send-off ceremony in the evening.

A scroll, which contained well-wishes from the public for Team Singapore athletes, was presented by Miss Jennifer See, F&N General Manager, Beverage (Singapore), to hurdler Dipna Lim Prasad, who is Singapore’s flag-bearer at the Sea Games. This scroll will be placed at the Games Village as a symbol of encouragement for the athletes.

Dr Irwin Seet, Singapore Sports School’s Director of Sports, thanked 100PLUS for recognising the School’s student-athletes and alumni who will go on to compete at the Games.

“F&N 100PLUS has been on Singapore Sports School’s sponsorship programme since 2012. Under the 6-year sponsorship agreement, F&N 100PLUS provides Singapore Sports School student-athletes with the 100PLUS isotonic drink and the 100PLUS Sea Games Training Fund. I am glad that F&N 100PLUS shares our mission to nurture ‘Learned Champions With Character’”, said Dr Seet.

Team Singapore Sports School athletes such as sprinter Calvin Kang Li Loong and footballer Muhammad Safuwan Baharudin were in attendance at this event.