Team Singapore sailor Colin Cheng has confirmed a place in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. (Photo by Singapore Sailing Federation)
Team Singapore’s sailors will launch their bid for medal glory in the 2014 Asian Games on Wednesday, aiming to build on their recent successes in the sport.
A strong team will take to the water at the Wangsan Marina, hoping they can match – or perhaps even better- their medal haul of from four years ago in Guangzhou where they won eight medals.
But for sailing team manager Terence Koh, the main focus is on producing the kind of form they have trained for.
“I am hoping that everybody performs to the best of their ability and reproduce what they have been doing in training – if they do that on the water then all the coaches and staff will be very satisfied,” he said.
Singapore’s best performances across the Asiad competitions four years ago came in sailing, with two Gold, two Silver and four Bronze ensuring fourth place in the sailing medal tally, behind only China, Thailand and Japan.
Team Singapore sailor Elizabeth Yin at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar. (Photo by Sport Singapore)
Team Singapore will be contesting ten sailing events - 420 Men, 420 Women, Laser Standard, Laser Radial Women, Match Racing (J80), 29er, RS:One Girl, RS:X, Optimist Boy, and Optimist Girl.
The squad features world youth champions (men’s 420 Jonathan Yeo and Loh Jia Yi), Asian champions (29er women Priscilla Low and Cecilia Low) and Olympians Colin Cheng and Elizabeth Yin (Laser Standard and Laser Radial Women).
Cheng won an Asian Games Silver in Laser Standard four years ago, following his Gold medal triumph in the Laser 4.7 in Doha back in 2006, and has already booked a place in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.