Team SSP Win 22 Golds, 21 Silvers, 17 Bronzes At Sea Games
The 26th Southeast Asian Games officially kicked off on 11 November 2011 with a spectacular Opening Ceremony. Team Singapore Sports School, represented by 48 student-athletes and alumni, brought home a total of 22 Golds, 21 Silvers and 17 Bronzes after 11 days of intense competition. The overall medal haul from this year's bumper crop of Sea Games athletes, representing Singapore, as well as Malaysia (1 Silver) and Thailand (1 Silver and 1 Bronze), have matched the results of what Team Sports School have won over the past three editions of the biennial Games. Team Sports School won a total of 23 Gold, 18 Silver and 9 Bronze medals from 2005 to 2009. It is heartening to know that out of our 48 student-athletes and alumni, 11 won Gold medals while 24 achieved podium finishes.
The swimming pool was the venue where many golden moments were born. Alumnus Tao Li, Singapore's Butterfly Queen, led Team Sports School's and Singapore's medal rush with an impressive 7 Golds and 1 Bronze medal. She also set new records in the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke events. Not to be outdone, swimming Captain Amanda Lim splashed her way to 4 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. She also set a new Games record in the 50m freestyle, sealing her title as Southeast Asia's fastest woman. Vice-Captain Mylene Ong won 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze. Clement Lim struck Gold in the men's 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays and broke the 100m freestyle national record in the process.
Sasha Christian picked up a Gold in wakeboarding, the first time the event has been included in the biennial games, along with 2 Silvers in the water skiing slalom and team wakeboarding (mixed) events, as well as a Bronze in the women's waterski overall. Sailor Victoria Chan, the 2006 Laser 4.7 World Champion, won Gold in her Games debut, topping the women's Laser Radical category in spite of her disqualification in the first race.
In bowling, alumni Jazreel Tan, Daphne Tan and New Hui Fen bowled their way to the Gold medal in the Team of Five event, finishing almost 500 pinfalls ahead of their nearest competitors, Indonesia. Jazreel picked up a Bronze in the singles event Daphne partnered her sister Cherie to a Silver in the doubles and the sister act combined with Jazreel for another Silver in the trios event.
Amidst this Gold rush, special mention must go to Sports School alumni and paddlers Pang Xue Jie and Isabelle Li. Isabelle justified Singapore Table Tennis Association's decision to include her in the Sea Games team by winning all her matches in the run-up to the singles final with compatriot and World Number 4 Feng Tianwei. Though Isabelle lost in four sets, her opponent was full of praise for her.
"She has a lot of promise, and I hope she can be my successor one day," said Tianwei.
Pang Xue Jie went one better as he partnered Ma Liang to upset compatriots and favourites, Yang Zi and Gao Ning, to win the table tennis men's doubles event. Victory was especially sweet for Xue Jie, whose place in the team came under scrutiny when the Singapore National Olympic Council questioned the STTA's decision to field youngsters like him, Isabelle and fellow alumnus Zena Sim.
He was exceptionally grateful to STTA President Lee Bee Wah for placing her faith in her young charges. He said: "I really like to thank our STTA President Lee Bee Wah for strongly believing in me. Without her fighting for my spot in the Sea Games, I would not have been given the chance to showcase myself and get such a good result! THANKS MS LEE!"
Following Xue Jie Gold medal performance, Er Lee mentioned: "I am sure in the next Sea Games, nobody can reject STTA's nomination to field you for the men's singles."
Team Singapore Sports School medallists:
Swimmer Tao Li - 7 Golds (50m, 100m, 200m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 400m Medley, 400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle relays) 1 Bronze (200m Backstroke)
Swimmer Amanda Lim - 4 Golds (50m Freestyle, 400m Medley, 400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle relays) 1 Silver (200m Freestyle) and 1 Bronze (100m Freestyle)
Swimmer Mylene Ong - 2 Golds (400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle relays) 2 Silvers (50m and 100m Freestyle) 1 Bronze (50m Butterfly)
Swimmer Clement Lim - 2 Golds (400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle relays)
Table Tennis Player Pang Xue Jie - 1 Gold (Men's Doubles)
Wakeboarder Sasha Christian - 1 Gold (Wakeboarding) 2 Silvers (Water skiing slalom and Team Wakeboarding Mixed) 1 Bronze (Women's Waterski Overall)
Bowler Daphne Tan - 1 Gold (Team of Five) 2 Silvers (Doubles and Trios)
Bowler Jazreel Tan - 1 Gold (Team of Five) 1 Silver (Trios) 1 Bronze (Singles)
Bowler New Hui Fen - 1 Gold (Team of Five) 1 Bronze (Trios)
Sailor Victoria Chan - 1 Gold (Women's Laser Radical)
Waterpolo player Loke En Yuan - 1 Gold (Women's Waterpolo)
Swimmer Phiangkhwan Pawapotako (Representing Thailand) - 1 Silver (800m Freestyle relay) 1 Bronze (50m Breaststroke)
Tracker Calvin Kang - 1 Silver (Men's 4x100m relay)
Table Tennis Player Isabelle Li - 1 Silver (Women's Singles)
Lim Ching Hwang (Representing Malaysia)- 1 Silver (800m Freestyle relay)
Synchronised Swimmer Stephanie Chen - 3 Silvers (Duet Technical, Duet Free Routine and Team Free Combination) 1 Bronze (Team Technical Routine)
Synchronised Swimmer Crystal Yap Chen - 3 Silvers (Duet Technical, Duet Free Routine and Team Free Combination) 1 Bronze (Team Technical Routine)
Synchronised Swimmer Lee Meishuang - 3 Silvers (Duet Technical, Duet Free Routine and Team Free Combination) 1 Bronze (Team Technical Routine)
Badminton Player Thng Ting Ting - 1 Bronze (Women's Team)
Badminton Player Liang Xiaoyu - 1 Bronze (Women's Team)
Badminton Player Jeffrey Wong - 1 Bronze (Men's Team)
Badminton Player Ngo Yi Chye - 1 Bronze (Men's Team)
Badminton Player Gerald Ong - 1 Bronze (Men's Team)
Swimmer Brandon Boon - 1 Bronze (5000m Open Water)
Silat Exponent Muhd Danial Azlani - 1 Bronze (Artistic Doubles)