Road to Nanjing: Young sailors aiming to grow
15 August, 2014
Phoon Jia Hui
The upcoming summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will take place from 16 to 28 August 2014 in Nanjing, China and Team Singapore will be represented by Ynez Lim, Samantha Yom and Bernie Chin as they vie for honours in Sailing.
While Ynez will be competing in the Sailing Techno 293 class (Windsurfing), both Bernie and Samantha will take part in the Byte CII class in the male and female categories respectively.
The YOG will be Ynez’s first major meet since her exploits in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games last year where she picked up a Silver medal, and the Secondary 4 student from St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School is raring to go.
The YOG will be Ynez Lim’s first major meet since her exploits in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games last year. (Photo by Singapore Sailing Federation)
In addition, the 16-year-old and also recipient of the 2013 SK Quah Sports Girl of the Year Award finished third in the SIM 33rd Singapore Open Asian Windsurfing Championships at the beginning of the year. Together with consistent results in the series of selection events, Ynez earned a ticket for herself to the Games in the process.
This was despite her tender age, and much hope will ride on Ynez’s shoulder not only now, but for the years to come.
“I am proud to be a Team Singapore Athlete because I am able to represent my country with pride and honour and I get to know more Team Singapore Athletes and to also travel around the world. My main support group consists of my family, friends, teachers and coaches,” Ynez added.
Samantha on the other hand, will be aiming to maintain, if not better, the fifth position for Byte CII Girls that Natasha Michiko Yokoyama had achieved at the inaugural edition of the Games in Singapore in 2010 and has set a top five target for herself.
In the 2013 Byte CII World Championship held in Newport, Rhode Islands, Samantha finished 4th overall to qualify a spot for Singapore in the second edition of the Games.
Samantha Yom will be aiming to maintain, if not better, the fifth position for Byte CII Girls that Natasha Michiko Yokoyama had achieved at the inaugural edition of the Games in Singapore in 2010. (Photo by Singapore Sailing Federation)
At the recent Dutch Youth Regatta 2014 in Netherlands, Samantha claimed the accolade of being the first girl to finish the race with 101 points, coming in with an overall 10th place.
All these experiences will put Samantha in good stead for the YOG and like Ynez, she is relishing the opportunity to be part of the Games and hopes to gain something valuable at the end of it.
“I'm not looking forward to any particular tangible thing but I'm really looking forward to the whole YOG experience I think it would be amazing and it's something I'm really excited about,” the 2nd Girl at the Byte CII Asian Championships 2014 enthused.
While our sailors strive hard to bring home a medal for the Republic, let’s continue to pledge our support to our Team Singapore athletes via www.facebook.com/teamsg and instagram! #ourteamsg