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Gary Yeo: Masters athletes can inspire younger generation

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Gary Yeo: Masters athletes can inspire younger generation

09 April, 2013   Andre Ahchak


Seeing double: Team Singapore Olympians C Kunalan (left) and Gary Yeo seen here at the Singapore Sports School, ahead of this weekend's SAA Masters Track and Field Championships (photo by Andre Ahchak/VOXSPORTS).

Team Singapore Sprinter Gary Yeo believes that Masters athletes play the important role of inspiring younger athletes to train harder and convince them to stay longer in their sport. 


Speaking ahead of the Singapore Athletic Associations’ (SAA) first ever Masters Track and Field Meet this weekend; the 26 year-old Olympian who ran with the likes of Tyson Gay at the London Olympics last year, says veteran athletes keep alive the dream of competition. 

Agreeing with Gary, two time Olympian and Commonwealth veteran Mr C Kunalan added that a good support system helps to ensure that athletes’ competitive years are extended. Mr Kunalan also made reference to the Sports Excellence (SpEx) Scholarship managed by the Singapore Sports Institute. 
 
Support System

Other than developing athletes’ sporting potential, the scholarship also assists athletes in their education, career and personal development. This support system aims to develop role models for Singapore's youth, allowing those who have benefited to play leadership roles within the sporting fraternity and the wider community.

The Singapore Masters Open Track and Field Championships 2013 this weekend will see nearly 500 entries from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong; as well as from Japan, Turkey and the United States.

Athletes between the ages of 35 to 70 years will be participating in more than 20 track and field events at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.