SEA Games 2019 - Day 1:Dancesport delivers a Silver and four Bronzes
02 December 2019
By Angelina Dass
They put on their dancing shoes and added five medals to Singapore’s tally.
This, as dancesport returned to the Southeast Asian Games for the first time since 2007 with 14 medals on the line in the single-day competition at the Royce Hotel at Clark.
On a day when the host nation swept 10 of the 14 gold medals on offer, Singapore also made sure to get in the medal act, bringing home their best ever haul from a multi-sport Games.
Jerome Teo Sze Yong and Rachel Teo Jia Hui clinched three medals including the sport’s only Silver medal
"We fielded a very young team of debutants and their achievement today will be etched in the federation's history books," said a spokesperson from the Singapore Dancesport Federation.
Three of the medals came from the Standard ballroom dance, with Jerome Teo Sze Yong and Rachel Teo Jia Hui securing bronze medals in the Waltz and Viennese Waltz before rounding off the morning with a silver in the Foxtrot.
Jerome, 21, said that while he and Rachel were not expecting much, they were nonetheless hopeful of a podium finish. Training for the Games included going overseas to polish their routines and they were focused doing their best and pushing their limits “just so we can make Singapore proud”.
“We’re so ecstatic, excited and very grateful, we got three medals in all three events we participated in,” he added.
Said Rachel, 20: "Winning the first medal spurred us on to push harder and do better, and finally we managed to get a silver medal in our third event. We are very proud of ourselves."
She also thanked her friends, family and supporters who have seen them through their tough training sessions while Jerome dedicated the wins to their supporters.
“It's been a touching journey so far. These medals are not for us but for everyone who have supported us throughout our journey, the trainings the hours. We hope we have done you proud,” said Jerome.
In the breakdance competition, Jeremy Sim Eng Kiat clinched a bronze medal in the men’s event behind Malaysia Sam Jee Lek and Vietnam’s Le Huu Phuoc.
Jeremy Sim is Singapore’s sole representative at the breakdance competition where he picked up a bronze medal.
While the 23-year-old said his performance was not perfect, he thanked his fellow Team Singapore athletes who cheered him on from the stands and his supporters who sent him messages of encouragement from home.
The final bronze medal came from Gary Tsan Yan Kai, 18, and Shannon Tan, 17, in the Latin competition when they finished with 31.05 points in the Pasa Doble.
Speaking as one, the teenage duo said they feel honoured and grateful for the opportunity to be able to represent Singapore at a major Games.
“Being able to juggle both exams and training has also made our achievements even more memorable, and we couldn't have made it without everyone's support,” they said.
The youngest of the participants, Gary Tsan and Shannon Tan clinched a bronze medal with their stunning performance on Sunday (1 Dec).
Team Singapore was represented by Justino Hoi and Pang Wan Ching in the Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Rumba where they finished sixth, sixth and fourth respectively.