CWG2018: Team Singapore athletes celebrate Commonwealth Games performance
15 April 2018
By Yaocheng Lee
Our athletes gave their very best in Gold Coast and gained valuable experience through the international competition
Team Singapore ends their 2018 Commonwealth Games with a total haul of nine medals, including five golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
Shooting saw two golds from 18-year-old prodigy Martina Lindsay Veloso. ASEAN Para Games gold medallist Toh Wei Soong also brought back a bronze medal in the men’s S7 50m freestyle event. And of course, our table tennis team reaped the largest harvest this year with three golds, two silvers and one bronze.
Although this year’s performance doesn’t compare to the previous edition’s, Chef de Mission Mark Chay was very satisfied with the results as a majority of the athletes were young and needed the experience for their future sporting journeys.
Out of the 60 athletes Singapore sent to Australia, 40 of them were debutants. And many sports including table tennis and badminton fielded younger players. The badminton team, for example, sent its youngest Commonwealth team ever with an average age of only 22 years.
“A lot of the young athletes showed a lot of spunk and were very exciting to watch. Some standouts were Kean Yew in badminton, our men’s doubles team in the table tennis bronze medal match, and not forgetting our shooters – a lot of whom made the finals. Martina being such a young shooter herself also has a long way to go, so the future is bright for our sports,” said the former Olympian.
“Watching Martina is such a joy because she is such a cool operator. Watching our para swimmer Wei Soong swim was great as well. He didn’t have a great start because of his condition, but he fought hard in the last stretch and that’s where he won that medal for Singapore,” he said, delighted at the fighting spirit he saw in our athletes during the Games.
Badminton team captain Danny Bawa Chrisnanta also praised the performance of his young team despite not winning any medals.
“Our athletes are very young compared with other countries. But they had a good attitude, fighting spirit and they are talented as well. They got a good experience through this Games,” he said.
“I watched Kean Yew compete and I saw big potential in him. He’s very young but he’s very skilled on court as a badminton player.”
Team Singapore will be competing next in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, and this Games experience will put the athletes in good stead.
“Let’s keep in mind, it’s not about the medals, it’s about how we fought. For every single point, we fought hard. These are the things that we will use to build on towards the Asian Games this year,” Mark said.
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