27th SEA Games closing: all set for the extraordinary


27th SEA Games closing: all set for the extraordinary

21 December, 2013   John Yeong

Ashley Chua, vocalist of Singapore’s item at the 27th SEA Games Closing Ceremony, will look to ignite the journey to the 2015 SEA Games with her performance (photo by John Yeong/SSC).

27th SEA Games Closing Ceremony to spark beginning of journey to 2015

The last time Singapore played host to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 1993 Ashley Chua was not even born. Come 22 December 2013 however, the bubbly 16 year-old student from School of the Arts (SOTA) will have the honour of being the vocalist in Singapore’s item at the Closing Ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar, which comprises both arts and sports in a fusion of contemporary dance moves put together by Creative and Music Director Philip Tan.

Describing her role in the prestigious event as a ‘huge honour’, Ashley says she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity given to her and is just as excited as everyone else that the region’s biggest multi-sport event will be coming to Singapore in 2015.

“Singapore hasn’t hosted the Games for a very long time, and I’ve been told this performance will kick start the Games’ journey to Singapore in 2015, so it is a great honour for me,” she said with a smile.

Having started singing when she was just 10 years-old, the multi-talented Ashley has also previously spent four years in gymnastics, and four in Wushu, making her the perfect candidate for her role in the Closing Ceremony performance.

While there are a few butterflies in her stomach, it is an occasion that she will relish and cherish for the rest of her life.

“It still feels surreal for me, and I am feeling a bit of nerves but I am so happy that my friends here are in this together with me.”

She was referring to the other performers in the item which is made up of Team Singapore athletes, students and working professionals all looking to throw their support behind Singapore in welcoming the ASEAN region to the island city state.

“It is a huge moment for Singapore, so I do hope that everyone back home will tune in to show their support for us at the Closing Ceremony. See you there!” she quipped.

Don’t miss Singapore’s item at the Closing Ceremony of the 27th SEA Games. Support Ashley and the Singapore performers by tuning in to Channel 5 this Sunday, 22 December 2013 from 7.30pm to watch the action, or stream it live from YouTube channel