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Countdown To Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games

Manoj Jeyapala (Fencing Academy)
Muhamad Ashraf Mohd Ismail (Football Academy)
Rishika Ghanamoorthy (Netball Academy)

Posted: 13 March 2015

NewsImage_WEBSITE_13mar15_Kannottam_360_Webisdoe_8_7mar15_LO-RES.jpgFilming of Kannottam 360 Webisode 8... From left, Manoj Jeyapala, Lossini Jeyapandiyen, Kugrapriya Chandran, Muhamad Ashraf Mohd Ismail, Indra Chandran (host), Ayshath Zaseela and Rishika Ghanamoorthy

We spent the afternoon of 7 March 2015 recording Episode 8 of Kannottam 360, a forum discussion programme of Vasantham, the Tamil station of MediaCorp, which examines topics closest to the hearts of Singaporeans. The chosen topic for us was the upcoming Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games, which we felt was right up our alley as we’re from Singapore Sports School and have a natural interest in the topic. Our episode will be released on 17 March 2015.
Recording for the programme was a Learning Journey for us as in preparing to go in front of the camera, we had to find out more about the history of the Sea Games, which countries have stayed at the top of their game since the first Southeast Asian Peninsula Games (Seap Games) in 1959 and who from the Sports School family have a shot at representing Singapore on home soil from 5 to 16 June 2015.
The first surprise we had was being told that we spoke too well.
When Ashraf was midway through his rehearsal for the first question, Director Vishnu M Anandh stopped him and asked why he spoke like a scholar. We were bewildered. Aren’t we supposed to speak well? Mr Vishnu explained that in a television programme, it is important to engage our viewers, so we have to speak like we would with our friends and family and in more relaxed tones. As we went along, Mr Vishnu helped us to choose simpler words and phrases that would convey the same meaning. This is one skill to remember.
Also in the programme were alumni Ayshath Zaseela and Kugapriya Chandran who graduated from the Sports School in 2014, and Lossini Jeyapandiyen, from the pioneer batch who is a second year public policy student and is taking time off school to intern in the Ministry of Finance. Kugapriya and Lossini were from the Track and Field Academy, while Ayshath was from the Netball Academy. Being “family”, we were at home in offering to each other alternative words or phrases to replace tongue trippers and we were able to deliver our lines more naturally when the camera was turned on us.
Here are some snippets of information which we prepared for our episode:
No. of TeamSG athletes on Provisional List

No. of TeamSG athletes in the 19 sports competed by Sports School Family 
No. of athletes on Provisional List in Sports School Family
No. of Alumni
No. of Student-Athletes
No. of Debutants
19 sports competed by Sports School Family
Badminton, Bowling, Diving, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Netball, Pencak Silat, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Track and Field, Water Polo and Water Skiing
Seasoned Campaigners
At the Jakarta 2011 Sea Games, Jazreel Tan Shi Hua, New Hui Fen and Daphne Tan Shi Jing bowled their way to the gold medal in the Team of 5 event, finishing almost 500 pinfalls ahead of their nearest competitors, Indonesia. Jazreel picked up a bronze in the Singles event and Daphne partnered her sister Cherie to a silver in the Doubles. The sister act combined with Jazreel for another silver in the Trios event. Bowling was not competed at the Nay Pyi Taw 2013 Sea Games. At the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, Jazreel won the accolade of the most bemedalled Team Singapore athlete in all sports – 1 gold 2 silvers and 1 bronze. Hui Fen became a double Asian Champion in January 2015 when she won the Trios gold medal and Masters Final Stepladder gold medal at the Asian Bowling Championships.

Among the sailors from the Sports School family are 5 world champions – Victoria Chan Jing Hua, Griselda Khng, Cecilia Low Rui Qi, Darren Choy Wong Loong and Sherman Cheng Feng Yuan. Darren won the Byte CII World Championship twice, in 2010 and 2011. Cecilia, Sherman and another alumnus, Andrew Paul Chan Li Jian are also Asian Games gold medallists.
Scott Glen Sydney is an Asian Games bronze medallist.
This will be the 6th Sea Games for Tao Li; she has won 24 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in 5 Sea Games. Amanda Lim Xiang Qi is the fastest woman in water over 50m. Since the Vientiane 2009 Sea Games, she has broken the Record each time she competes in the event.
Pang Xue Jie competed at the Sea Games for the first time in Nakhon Ratchasima in 2007, at 14 years old. He played in the Men’s Team event and won a gold medal. At the Jakarta 2011 Sea Games, he and his partner caused an upset when they beat the top-seed pair, also from Singapore, to the gold medal.

Among the 20 athletes from Sports School on the Provisional list are 2 Olympians – Calvin Kang Li Loong (Beijing 2008) and Dipna Lim Prasad (London 2012). Calvin had represented Singapore in the Sea Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games before he reached 21 years old. He is the only Singaporean in any sport to have made this achievement of competing in all the 4 majors. Dipna won the 400m Hurdles bronze medal at the Nay Pyi Taw 2013 Sea Games.
We are expecting more than 7,000 athletes from 11 nations to converge in Singapore to compete in 402 events across 36 sports. They have all trained very hard to qualify for the Sea Games and you can be sure that they will do their best.
It is going to be extra special for TeamSG because this is home and they would want to make Singaporeans proud. As young sportsmen and sportswomen, we know we always perform best when we have the spectators cheering us on. We hope that Singaporeans will show up at the various stadiums to support our TeamSG athletes. Entry is free for some sports, so we should take advantage of this privilege to enjoy this sports extravaganza together as Singaporeans.