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Singapore Gymnastics sets sights on international stage

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Singapore Gymnastics sets sights on international stage

19 March, 2014   Khalis Rifhan

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The 6th Singapore Gymnastics National Championships (Rhythmic) was held at Bishan Sports Hall on 15 and 16 March 2014. (Photo by Stanley Cheah/ Singapore Sports Council)


Setting their sights on the international stage, Singapore Gymnastics has meticulously put in place a broad and strategic plan for its athletes since a decade ago. Currently, there are more than 20 gymnasts in the association, a vast improvement from yesteryears when there were only a handful of professional athletes.


For Singapore Gymnast 1st Vice President, Mr Lee Hong Chuang, he was delighted that the roadmap that they have implemented was yielding dividends.


“When we started out, we had less than 10 serious gymnasts in the association. Right now, there are much more and the standards have improved,” said Mr Lee during the 6th Singapore Gymnastics National Championships (Rhythmic) held at Bishan Sports Hall on 15 and 16 March 2014.


He added: “It is mainly due to a programme we planned 10 years ago and everybody is following the national level system and framework. Looking at rhythmic gymnastics, the participation rate has increased tremendously and that is encouraging. For rhythmic gymnastics, the highest level of competition our athletes have competed in is the Youth Olympics and we won the bronze medal in the Youth Asian Championships in 2010.” 


In recent years, the sport has seen several notable achievements made by the senior national representatives too.


Singapore gymnast’s proudest achievements-to-date included Lim Heem Wei becoming the first Singaporean gymnast to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, and witnessing Jonathan Chan grab the bronze medal in the Pommel Horse category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. 

Lim Heem Wei   

 Jonathan Chan

Team Singapore athletes Lim Heem Wei (top) and Jonathan Chan have done Singapore proud by qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics and winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games respectively. (Photo by Singapore Sports Council)
  



With the current strategic planning coming into its final stages, Mr Lee and his team in the association have begun working on the next phase.

“Moving forward, how do we sustain it and bring it to the next level? We need to continue our work, think creatively and work closely with Singapore Sports Council, Singapore Sports Institute and Singapore National Olympic Council to prepare our gymnast for the world stage,” Mr Lee shared.


“Hopefully, we are able to achieve results in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, SEA Games and not forgetting the Olympics too,” he added.


With the association setting sights on the international stage in the coming years, the onus will be on the current crop of junior gymnasts to meet the lofty expectations set upon them.

“It requires a lot of flexibility, discipline and mental strength which makes this sports very special. My parents are very supportive and they will come and support us in every competition that we participate in,” explained 15-year-old Edlyn Ho Zen Yee from the Singapore Sports School.


“I want to continue to be involved in gymnastics and do my country proud. My best moment in this sport so far was when I competed in overseas competitions in China and Malaysia,” added Edlyn who took up gymnastics when she was in Primary 3.


Edlyn is part of a five-member group alongside Yeo Siew Lyn, Noelle Goh, Alison Tang and Jael Chew, representing Rhythmics Gymnastics Association Singapore at the recent Gymnastics National Championships (Rhythmic).


The group competed in the International Junior Group Hoop and Group Clubs categories, grabbing top honours in both events. They scored an impressive 8.200 and 13.450 in the hoop and clubs event respectively. The rhythmic meet is the second and last installment in the championship with the Women’s & Men’s Artistic meet taking place a month ago. 

For the full results from the 6th Singapore Gymnastics National Championships, please click here  


Event highlights:

6th National Gymnastics Championship

(Photo by Lim Sau Boon/ Singapore Sports Council)

6th National Gymnastics Championship

(Photo by Lim Sau Boon/ Singapore Sports Council)


6th National Gymnastics Championship

(Photo by Stanley Cheah/ Singapore Sports Council)

6th National Gymnastics Championship

(Photo by Stanley Cheah/ Singapore Sports Council)

6th National Gymnastics Championship

(Photo by Stanley Cheah/ Singapore Sports Council)

6th Singapore Gymnastics National Championships

(Photo by Daniel Quek/ Singapore Sports Council)