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Sports School Sends Off Largest Contingent To 26th Sea Games

Singapore Sports School honoured 47 student-athletes and alumni bound for the 26th Southeast Asian Games at a sending-off ceremony on 18 October 2011. This is the largest contingent the School has sent for a major multisport competition since its inception in 2004. In fact, this figure is more than what the School has sent for the previous three Games combined. The Sports School contingent will form almost 10 per cent of Team Singapore.

Out of these 47 athletes, 31 will be making their Games debut, including four 15-year-olds - badminton player Liang Xiao Yu, golfer Marc Ong and synchronised swimmers Lee Mei Shuang and Crystal Yap. The most seasoned campaigners are swimmers Tao Li, Amanda Lim, Mylene Ong table tennis player Pang Xue Jie bowler Jazreel Tan and track and field athletes Calvin Kang and Stefan Tseng. This will be Tao Li's fourth Sea Games. For Amanda, Mylene, Xue Jie, Jazreel, Calvin and Stefan, this will be their third SEA Games outing.

Shooting Coach Nigel Lim will be attending the Games as a competitor, while six other Sports School staff members are going as Team Singapore officials.

Mr Chan Heng Kee, Chairman of Singapore Sports School Board of Directors and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, was the event's Guest of Honour. In his speech to the Sea Games-bound athletes, he encouraged them to enjoy their Games experience and do Singapore proud.

"To our student-athletes, whether you are playing in a team or individual sport whether you are a veteran or debutant and whether you bring home a medal or not, it is an honour to be part of Team Singapore. We - your families and friends your school your coaches, teachers and officials - are full of pride. And your fellow Singaporeans will be behind you.

"Through hard work and sacrifices, you have come this far. In the month ahead - do your best. Enjoy the experience. Savour the learning.  And do Singapore proud!"

Among the event's invited guests was Dr Tan Eng Liang, Singapore Chef de Mission to the 26th Sea Games, representatives from the various National Sports Associations, parents of the Games-bound athletes and Primary 6 pupils who were attending the Sports School-organised P6 Celebration Camp. The sending-off ceremony was the highlight of the P6 Camp, where the P6 pupils had the rare opportunity to see up-close and personal their sporting heroes. They mingled with their heroes over dinner and listened to words of encouragement as they prepare to enter the School in 2012. As a show of support for their heroes, the P6 pupils wrote postcards to give to their assigned Sea Games athletes to wish them well at the upcoming Games.

The 26th Sea Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from 11 to 22 November 2011.