New Year, New Action: Looking to 2018 with our TeamSG athletes
01 January 2018
By Nicolette Mok
With the new year rolling in, what’s next for our TeamSG athletes? Find out what we can look forward to in the coming months!
Historic breakthroughs, unprecedented wins, and many inspiring performances – 2017 was certainly an excellent year for TeamSG.
The 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games (APG) in Kuala Lumpur (KL) contributed to much of this success. In addition, several milestones were also marked in the fields of winter sport and disability sport.
With competitions such as February’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, April’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and August’s Palembang Asian Games in the pipeline, this new year will likely rival – if not better – our results from before.
Read on to find out more about some of our promising athletes, who are gearing up for a busy year ahead!
Photo: Eugene Lim / SportSG
Already the proud owner of a slew of medals at just 17 years old, fencing prodigy Amita Berthier is definitely one to look out for. After clinching titles at the 2016 Asian Cadet Championships, she went on to secure a bronze medal at the 2017 World Cadet Championships, as well as a gold at the KL SEA Games.
With her recent silver at the Guatemala Junior World Cup and gold at the Havana Junior World Cup, Amita has earned the honour of becoming one of the world’s top-ranked junior fencers, and will build on her triumphs to gun for an Asian Games qualification in 2018.
Photo: Andrew JK Tan / SportSG
Headlining the rapidly growing winter sport scene in Singapore is speed skater Cheyenne Goh, a multiple medallist during the KL SEA Games. Cheyenne is also the first Singaporean in history to qualify for the Winter Olympics, which will take place this February.
The 18-year-old was already a trailblazer prior to this achievement, having been the first Singaporean female short track speed skater to race at the 2017 Asian Winter Games, as well as the first Singaporean female to qualify for the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
Photo: Huang Xiao Long / SportSG
Martina Veloso was just 14 years old when she made her Commonwealth Games debut in 2014, finishing in a credible fifth place. Establishing herself as a formidable force to be reckoned with, the SEA Games gold medallist proved her mettle by consistently winning medals at various international meets over the years. These included podium finishes at the Asian Youth Games, the Youth Olympic Games, as well as the ISSF World Cup.
Come 2018, she will be looking to better her results at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Pang Xue Jie
Photo: Ben Cho / SportSG
Returning to the TeamSG fold upon finishing his National Service, paddler Pang Xue Jie put up an outstanding display at the KL SEA Games, where he earned a mixed doubles silver, a men’s team silver, and a men’s doubles gold.
Along with a third-place finish at the Australian Open and a runner-up position at the Thailand Open, the 24-year-old’s 2017 report card stands him in good stead as he prepares to shine at the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
Photo: Andy Chua / SportSG
Swimmer Roanne Ho also enjoyed a successful comeback in 2017, having recovered from health issues the year before. The multiple SEA Games medallist suffered a collapsed lung and shoulder injury, leading to doubts about her making it to the KL SEA Games. Yet, she bounced back in spectacular form, defending her 50m breaststroke title in August and smashing the Games record in the process. The 25-year-old swim queen now has her sights set on wow-ing the nation at her first Commonwealth Games this year.
Photo: Suki Singh / SportSG
Determined and disciplined, long jump specialist Suhairi Suhani’s hard work has seen him notch bigger achievements each year, even propelling him to the finals of the Rio Paralympics in 2016. The 20-year-old also collected two APG medals from the past two editions of the meet.
Without a doubt, the T20 athlete, who ranked first at the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix FAZAA International Athletics Competition, is set for more triumphs in the months to come.
Photo: Dyan Tjhia / SportSG
In 2017, archer Syahidah Alim defended her individual gold medal at the KL APG and clinched a title at the 2017 Para-Archery World Ranking Event. Yet, the past year was about much more than these achievements for the 32-year old.
She made history by challenging the frontiers of para sport, joining the SEA Games training squad and competing in meets for able-bodied athletes. Syahidah even clinched a team silver at the 2017 Southeast Asian Archery Games. With the Asian Games just around the corner, 2018 will see this determined and talented lady striving towards a ticket to Jakarta.
#OneTeamSG, keen on finding out how all our sporting stars will do this year? Stay tuned to our Team Singapore website and Facebook page for updates as the competitions unfold in what will definitely be an exciting 2018!