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From Glasgow To Nanjing, Our Student-Athletes Will Glow
Send-Off Ceremony: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Posted: 4 July 2014
Posted: 4 July 2014
Singapore Sports School student-athletes, alumni and staff make up about one-quarter of Team Singapore competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from 23 July to 3 August.
Of the 70 members representing Team Singapore in Scotland, 16 are our student-athletes and alumni. Pistol Coach Nigel Lim Swee Hon will be competing in Glasgow, too. Altogether, they make up 24.28 per cent of Team Singapore.
Except for sprinter Calvin Kang Li Loong, who is competing in his second Commonwealth Games, the rest of the student-athletes and alumni are making their maiden outing. With this batch of 17 going to the Commonwealth Games, and not double-counting Calvin who had competed at the Delhi 2010 edition, the Sports School has produced 28 athletes for the Commonwealth Games.
Singapore is sending 17 athletes to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, which will be held from 16 to 28 August, of which six are our student-athletes and alumni.
Badminton player Liang Xiao Yu and shooter Martina Lindsay P Veloso are competing in both the Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympic Games.
At 14, Martina is the youngest member of Team Singapore in both Games.
“As long as I am wearing the Singapore flag, my aim is always to do my best and do Singapore proud, regardless of the competition. The moment I enter the shooting range, I am focused and ready to hit the targets,” said Martina.
Principal Tan Teck Hock, at the Singapore Sports School send-off ceremony for Commonwealth Games and YOG athletes on 3 July 2014, recounted that there were 22 Sports School student-athletes at Singapore 2010 YOG, including nine Lion Cubs who won the Football bronze medal. There was also Isabelle Li Siyun, who won the Table Tennis Girls’ Singles silver medal and Nurul Shafinas Abdul Rahman, from the Netball Academy, who competed in Taekwondo and won the 55kg Division bronze medal.
“By recollecting their achievements, I hope that our student-athletes and alumni going to the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympic Games will be inspired to do their best and bring glory to Singapore.
“I also want our current student-athletes to aspire to represent Singapore at the major Games, and win medals,” said Mr Tan.
Mr Tan said these successes mean that the Sports School is fulfilling its role as the pipeline for Team Singapore.
Mr Low Teo Ping, Chef de Mission to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Mr Mark Chay, Team Singapore’s Chef de Mission to Nanjing, were guests-of-honour at the send-off ceremony. Mr Low spoke about the importance of having shared beliefs and shared responsibility as athletes.
“Winning is not a some-time thing, it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit,” said Mr Low.
Mr Mark Chay shared his own experience as a student-athlete, adding that it is possible to balance sport and studies.
The Sports School makes it a point to send off its student-athletes and alumni heading out for major competitions, including the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and Asian Youth Games. The aim of such send-offs is to recognise and acknowledge the efforts and achievements of student-athletes and alumni, and wish them well in their upcoming competition.
Glasgow 2014 Commonweath Games Athletes
1. Calvin Kang Li Loong – Athletics
2. Dipna Lim Prasad – Athletics
3. Eugenia Tan Yan Ning – Athletics
4. Habibah Najihahbi Ahmad – Athletics
5. Kugapriya d/o Chandran – Athletics (student-athlete)
6. Muhammad Naqib Asmin – Athletics
7. Wendy Enn – Athletics
8. Veronica Shanti Pereira – Athletics
9. Terry Hee Yong Kai – Badminton
10. Liang Xiaoyu – Badminton
11. Martina Lindsay P Veloso – Shooting (student-athlete)
12. Amanda Lim Xiang Qi – Swimming
13. Clement Lim Yong’En – Swimming
14. Tao Li – Swimming
15. Clarence Chew Zhe Yu – Table Tennis
16. Isabelle Li Siyun – Table Tennis
17. Nigel Lim Swee Hon – Shooting (staff)
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Athletes
1. Bernard Ong Soon Yang – Badminton (student-athlete)
2. Liang Xiaoyu – Badminton (student-athlete in RP-SSP DSLM programme)
3. Martina Lindsay P Veloso – Shooting (student-athlete)
4. Yee Herng Hwee – Table Tennis (student-athlete)
5. Bryce Chong Sheng Cher – Triathlon (student-athlete)
6. Nur Izlyn Zaini – Track and Field (student-athlete)