30 December 2017
By Nicolette Mok
As we wrap up a successful 2017 for TeamSG, let’s look back on the some of the year’s highlights.
They trained, they persevered, and they achieved glory with their performances. We supported, we cheered, and we shared in their pride as #OneTeamSG.
Our TeamSG athletes are on a constant and relentless quest for sporting excellence, improving year-upon-year. 2017 was no exception. From world titles to awe-inspiring dedication and moving moments, let us look back on some key highlights from the year!
TeamSG delivers best away Games performances in KL
TeamSG at the KL SEA Games opening ceremony this year. Photo: Andrew JK Tan / SportSG
Having attained phenomenal success at the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games (APG) on home soil in 2015, our TeamSG athletes knew that the pressure was on them to deliver in Kuala Lumpur (KL) this year.
And deliver they certainly did. Both contingents notched Singapore’s best-ever away Games medal haul in August and September this year. Our SEA Games athletes clinched a historic 58 golds, 58 silvers, and 72 bronzes, while our APG athletes brought home a record total of 50 medals, as well as several personal bests.
#OneTeamSG in full force
Team Nila photographers (pictured here with SportSG staff) who supported our SEA Games and APG contingent in KL this year. Photo: SportSG
Our sporting heroes could not have garnered such triumphs without the unwavering support from Singaporeans, with many flying to KL during the SEA Games and APG to cheer on our athletes live. These include a total of 26 Team Nila photographers who volunteered their time and effort, bringing to you more than 2,000 photographs over the span of both Games.
Whether they were following the competitions through updates on the TeamSG Facebook page, cheering the athletes on in person, or contributing as volunteers, Singaporeans were behind our TeamSG stars every step of the way.
Exceptional sporting achievements earn a place in the Hall of Fame
Joseph Schooling, Minister Grace Fu, Laurentia Tan, and Theresa Goh at the Singapore Sport Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo: SportSG
When swimmer Joseph Schooling won the Olympic gold medal for Singapore in 2016, there was no doubt that he was going to be accorded the highest sporting accolade in the Republic – induction into the Singapore Sport Hall of Fame. Joining him as our newest 2017 inductees were fellow swimmer and Paralympics bronze medallist Theresa Goh, as well as equestrian Laurentia Tan, a multiple Paralympics medallist.
Incidentally, the ceremony was held a day ahead of the National Day Parade 2017, where Joseph and three-time Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu starred in the finale. Their appearance symbolised the efforts of the everyday Singaporean to achieve success, and showcased the importance of sport to the Singapore spirit.
TeamSG makes its mark with world titles
Amita Berthier (left) at the KL SEA Games and Tay Wei Ming (right) at the Para-Badminton World Championships this year. Photo: Eugene Lim / SportSG, Tay Wei Ming
Beyond our Olympians and Paralympians, other TeamSG athletes also gained recognition at a good number of prestigious meets this year. These included fencer Amita Berthier and shuttler Tay Wei Ming, who came to head-to-head with top-notch international opponents to bring home world titles.
Amita, a 17-year-old SEA Games gold medallist who has been posting strong results of late, clinched the bronze at the World Cadet Championships and a silver at the Guatemala Junior World Cup earlier this year. This month, she completed the set with a gold medal at the Havana Junior World Cup, becoming the first Singaporean in history to win a fencing Junior World Cup title.
Wei Ming, too, made history by winning the doubles event at the Para-Badminton World Championships, alongside Suryo Nugroho of Indonesia. Their partnership had only been forged two weeks prior to the tournament, but the duo managed to battle through the play-offs, eventually beating defending champions Cheah Liek Hou and Hairol Fozi Saaba of Malaysia to take the crown. Wei Ming, who became Singapore’s first para-shuttler to ever clinch a world title with this win, will now work towards qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
Our next generation shines bright
TeamSG at the AYPG’s opening ceremony. Photo: Singapore National Paralympic Council
TeamSG’s performance at the recent 2017 Asian Youth Para Games (AYPG) was an impressive display of sporting excellence this year, with the contingent bringing back a record medal haul. The 28-strong squad – Singapore’s largest-ever at the AYPG – clinched a total of five golds, six silvers, and seven bronzes at the recent meet in Dubai. They were led by none other than our Paralympic champion Yip Pin Xiu, Singapore’s youngest-ever chef de mission.
Three particularly noteworthy performances came from 15-year-old swimmer and Games debutant Wong Zhi Wei, who delivered three of the golds and two of the silvers, and athletics representatives Lionel Toh and Muhammad Nur Ariq B Yaakab, who claimed the other two gold medals for Singapore.
With a good mix of experienced and upcoming talents giving their best for the nation, backed by a united #OneTeamSG, it is little wonder that 2017 came to a close with a host of triumphant successes and proud moments. As we set our sights on the new year, be sure to keep following our Facebook page for all the updates!