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Take A Bow, SEA Games Athletes!

32nd Southeast Asian Games

Photo Credit: Singapore National Olympic Council and Sport Singapore

87 past and present student-athletes sprinted, lunged, somersaulted and sailed to 46 medals (14 gold, 13 silver, 19 bronze) at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia held from 5 to 17 May 2023. Team Singapore clinched a total of 158 medals, and won the hearts of the nation with their fighting spirit, determination, sportsmanship and hunger to succeed.

Making History

One of the best moments at this SEA Games was Izaac Quek’s win of Team Singapore’s 50th gold medal in Men’s Singles. Izaac, who was 16 years old during the Games, knocked off more experienced players to reach the finals against Vietnam's top player Nguyen Anh Tu. The SEA Games debutant outfoxed his experienced opponent with his composed performance to comfortably win 4-0 (11-3, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7). Izaac made history by being the first local-born paddler to win the Men’s Singles title. It was triple joy for him as he also took home two other gold medals for the Men’s Team and Men’s Doubles with alumnus Koen Pang.

Alumna Veronica Shanti Pereira also proved that she is the undisputed sprint queen after her stunning run to gold medals for 100m and 200m. Shanti who first lowered her own national record for the 200m event, later took the lead in the 100m event. She is also the first Singaporean to win gold medals in both events at a single SEA Games. After the SEA Games, Shanti went on to lower her national mark twice in a day at the 8th International Pentecost Sports Meeting in Rehlingen, Germany. She clocked a scintillating time of 11.26s to finish second in the final.

Fencer Si To Jian Tong’s name has also been etched in history as he is the first Singaporean to win an individual gold medal at the SEA Games. Debutante Juliet Heng Jie Min also impressed in the individual Women’s Foil event, and made it to the top of the podium with a gold medal win. Her win is the first since 2017.

In an interview with The Straits Times she shared that she had to grapple with pain after she had suffered a foot injury heading into Cambodia. She shared, “I told myself that since I am here, I am going to do my best. When I stepped back, it hurt a lot and it was painful throughout the matches but I thought about (winning) one point at a time.

“It was nice to hear the national anthem being played... I wanted to win the gold. It is my first time and I was nervous but my coach believed in me.”

Winning Medals and Invaluable Experiences

Nearly 70% of the 87 past and present student-athletes who competed at the SEA Games returned with at least one medal. It was also a memorable SEA Games for 33 student-athletes who made their debut. 19 of them even made it to the podium. The fact that all 33 debutants from Team Sports School are from our post-secondary programmes and more than half returned with a medal is a nod to the programmes and support given to student-athletes to develop champions in sport.

Some of the best-performing sports are Fencing, Table Tennis and Pencak Silat as they garnered an impressive number of medals. Our fencers made up half of the Fencing team and clinched a total of 11 medals at the Games. The Fencing team has proven to be Southeast Asia’s powerhouse at the top of the table with 16 medals. 9 past and present student-athletes were part of the 10-member Table Tennis Team and won 8 medals for Team Singapore. Our Pencak Silat exponents also put up a good fight to return with 6 medals. Among them were sisters Amirah Sahrin and debutante Nadhrah Sahrin, who won gold for Women’s Regu and silver for Women Tanding A (45-50kg).

A Celebration of Talent

The 32nd SEA Games was a spectacle of talent. Competing on a major stage like the SEA Games brings its own unique pressures. The athletes not only have to perform at their best physically, but they also have to deal with the mental and emotional aspects of competing on such a grand scale. The ability to handle the pressure and deliver outstanding performances speaks volumes about their character and mindset. These athletes are indeed an inspiration to all, as they demonstrate what it means to achieve the extraordinary. Their stories of triumph, perseverance, and dedication serve as motivation for others to chase their own dreams and overcome obstacles in their own lives.


Aquatics (Swimming) Women 4x100m Freestyle Relay - Amanda Lim Xiang Qi
Athletics Women’s 100m - Veronica Shanti Pereira
Athletics Women’s 200m - Veronica Shanti Pereira
Fencing (Epee) Men’s Individual - Si To Jian Tong
Fencing (Epee) Women’s Team- Filzah Hidayah Nor Anuar
Fencing (Foil) Women Team’s - Cheung Kemei, Tiffany Seet
Fencing (Sabre) Women’s Individual - Juliet Heng Jie Min
Pencak Silat Women’s Regu - Amirah Sahrin
Pencak Silat Men’s Tanding G (85-90kg) - Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin
Table Tennis Men’s Team - Beh Kun Ting, Clarence Chew Zhe Yu, Ethan Poh Shao Feng, Izaac Quek Yong, Koen Pang Yew En
Table Tennis Men’s Doubles - Koen Pang Yew En, Izaac Quek Yong
Table Tennis Men’s Singles - Izaac Quek Yong
Wushu (Taolu) Men’s Daoshu + Gunshu - Jowen Lim Si Wei
Wushu (Taolu) Women’s Daoshu + Gunshu - Kimberly Ong Li Ling

Aquatics (Swimming) Women 50m Freestyle - Amanda Lim Xiang Qi
Aquatics (Water Polo) Women Team - Chow Yan Teng, Koh Ting Ting, Koh Xiao Li, Michelle Tan Ting Yee
Fencing (Foil) Men Team - Max Neo Wei Kit, Zephaniah Ian Kiew
Fencing (Sabre) Men Team - Dan Wei Zuo
Gymnastics (Artistics) Men Pommel Horse - Kaeson Lim Junyi
Pencak Silat Men Tanding G (75-80kg) - Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alau’ddin
Pencak Silat Women Tanding A (45-50kg) -Nadhrah Sahrin
Sailing Men Windfoil IQ: Foil - Elkan Reshawn Oh
Table Tennis Mixed Doubles - Clarence Chew Zhe Yu
Table Tennis Women Doubles - Wong Xin Ru, Zhou Jingyi
Wrestling (Greco Roman) Men 82kg- Aryan Azman
Wushu (Taolu) Women Daoshu + Gunshu - Zoe Tan Ziyi
Wushu (Taolu) Men Changquan - Jowen Lim Si Wei

Aquatics (Diving) Men Platform - Max Lee Shen Oon
Aquatics (Swimming) Men 100m Breaststroke - Maximillian Ang Wei
Aquatics (Swimming) Men 200m Breaststroke - Maximillian Ang Wei
Badminton Women Team - Crystal Wong Jia Ying, Heng Xiao En, Jessica Tan Wei Han, Lai Yi Ting, Megan Lee Xinyi, Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan, Yeo Jia Min
Badminton Men Team Donovan Willard Wee, Jason Teh Jia Heng, Joel Koh Jia Wei, Johann Prajogo, Loh Kean Hean, Loh Kean Yew, Marcus Phil Lau Jun Hui, Nge Joo Jie, Terry Hee Yong Kai
Badminton Men Doubles - Johann Prajogo, Nge Joo Jie
Fencing Men’s Epee Individual - Simon Lee Renjie
Fencing Men’s Sabre Individual - Dan Wei Zuo
Fencing Women’d Foil Individual - Cheung Kemei
Fencing Men’s Epee Team - Bron Sheum Han Shen, Si To Jian Tong, Simon Lee Renjie
Fencing Women’s Sabre Team - Jean Koh, Juliet Heng Jie Min, Nicole Wee Sher Tynn
Pencak Silat Men Tunggal - Muhammad Iqbal Abdul Rahman
Pencak Silat Women Tanding E (65-70kg) - Nurul Suhaila Mohamed Saiful
Table Tennis Women Team - Goi Rui Xuan, Ser Lin Qian, Wong Xin Ru, Zhou Jingyi
Table Tennis Women Double - Goi Rui Xuan, Ser Lin Qian
Table Tennis Men Doubles - Beh Kun Ting, Ethan Poh Shao Feng
Triathlon Men Individual - Bryce Chong Sheng Cher
Wushu Women Duilian - Kimberly Ong Li Ling, Zeanne Law Zhi Ning, Zoe Tan Ziyi

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