Golden Night For Record Setting SEA Games Contingent
06 October 2017
By Jeremy Lee
The races have been run, the matches won, the scores tallied and records broken. All that’s left to do is to bask in the golden glow of Team Singapore’s best away SEA Games ever.
Our Team Singapore sailors all smiles at the MAP Awards Presentation and Team Singapore Appreciation Dinner. Photo by Sport Singapore
These feats of endurance, mental fortitude and strength were recognised at the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) 29th SEA Games Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP) Awards Presentation and Team Singapore Appreciation Dinner at the Orchard Hotel Singapore on Thursday.
A total of 101 Team Singapore gold medallists were rewarded by the SNOC and the Tote Board group comprising Tote Board, Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club with a total of $670,000.
Led by Chef de Mission Milan Kwee and his assistants Lee Wung Yew and Mark Chay, Team Singapore captured the imagination of the nation with a record haul of 57 Gold, 58 Silver and 73 Bronze medals in Kuala Lumpur. The number of medals far exceeds Team Singapore’s previous best away performance at the 2007 Korat SEA Games.
In his opening address, Guest of Honour Mr Tan Chuan Jin paid tribute to the team behind the Team Singapore.
“Behind every record, medal, score and athlete, there is a tribe of family, friends and strangers who support and cheer our athletes and officials on,” said Mr Tan who is also Speaker of Parliament and President of the SNOC.
“Many thanks to all of you – families, friends and employers who are part of the Singapore sporting journey. Team managers, coaches, training partners, administrators and officials including those at our National Sports Associations, Sport Singapore, Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) and MCCY – your work has contributed to the success of the team,” he continued.
Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, together with SportSG's Digital Content Hub team and Team Nila volunteer photographers, who were instrumental in creating content and capturing moments during the 29th SEA Games in KL. Photo by Sport Singapore
Team Singapore Sailor Ryan Lo echoed those sentiment as he paid tribute to his team mates and the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF). “Firstly it’s the support from the Army because they gave me time off from training to train (with his team mates) in the build up toward SEA Games. And I’m really grateful to SSF and SSI for all their support.”
When quizzed about the SEA Games, Team Singapore Wushu exponent Jowen Lim said that “the crowd”, “the food” and “the whole experience was just amazing”.
For Team Singapore Fencer Lau Ywen, this SEA Games was about “getting back on the piste and trying to enjoy the sport again” after a long injury layoff.
“I have very high expectations of myself, but they are never defined by medal colour. I try to define them by my progress and how I feel I am doing,” she continued.
From L to R: Director (Grant Management) Tote Board Mrs Boon-Ngee Sebastian, Minister Grace Fu, TeamSG High Jumper Michelle Sng, SNOC President Mr Tan Chuan-Jin & Chef de Mission Mr Milan Kwee. Photo by Sport Singapore
“Going back to Bukit Jalil (stadium) again this year was very special for me because it would mean that I’ve come full circle. Having to hang up my spikes and coming back to compete for the country and winning the Gold Medal was definitely very special for me,” said Michelle Sng, the high jump national record holder who came back to the sport she loves after taking a three year break in 2011.
For our Team Singapore athletes, it is clearly a passion for the sport and winning mentality that propels them forward and toward the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018.