Message from Bob Dec 2014

One Year to SEA Games Festivities and Sports Hub Community Open House in the weekend of 27-28 June 2014 saw nearly 50,000 people in attendance. A memorable event indeed.

Imprinting memories

In my time here at the Singapore Sports Institute, I have had the privilege of attending major sports events around the world – from regional and international tournaments to mass participation sports events and top tier Major Games.

And at every sport event that I have attended, that familiar feeling of hype and anticipation never fails to engulf me whenever I set foot in the stadium or competition area.

From the bright lights of the stadium to the palpable sense of intense rivalry emblazoned on the faces of the athletes, the impending spectacle of competition always enthuses me.

But beyond the spectacle, the cheering and the games, sports events are platforms for greatness to bloom.  And just like me, I am very sure these events have helped shaped many of your childhood memories as we watched our sports heroes sprint, kick and swing their way into the record books with grace and manner that still remain fresh in our minds.

Mission Foods Asian Netball Championship

The audience in anticipation at the Mission Foods Asian Netball Championships

Raising our Sport Standards

Notable sports events such as the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix night race, BNP Paribas WTA Finals and recent international tournaments such as the Rugby World Club 10’s and the Mission Foods Asian Netball Championships give Singapore opportunities to showcase our capabilities in organising and hosting world-class sports events.  Recent news of the collaboration between the Singapore Rugby Union and Japan for the new Super Rugby franchise and a return of the Rugby Sevens World Series is also exciting.

More importantly, beyond raising Singapore’s profile in the international sporting scene, sports events help grow the local sport communities through the exposure that our athletes receive, the expertise that our technical officials gain and the milieu of passion and dedication that galvanise our sports volunteers.

28th Southeast Asian Games & 7th ASEAN Para Games

2015 will be a very special year for Singapore. Not only does it mark our nation’s 50 years of independence, it also the year that the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) returns to Singapore in June after a 22-year hiatus.  We are also proud to be hosting the 7th ASEAN Para Games in December. 

Who can forget our sporting legends at previous editions of the SEA Games – Joscelyn Yeo our Swimming Queen who won nine gold medals at the 1993 SEA Games, sprint champion C Kunalan and our prodigal football son, Fandi Ahmad.

Our Team Singapore athletes have consistently done us proud with their stellar performances and left indelible footprints in Singapore’s sporting history. And with the next edition of the SEA Games happening right here on home ground, we are looking forward to raising our standards with more records broken and more medals won.

My gut feeling is that there will be new sporting legends making their debut at the coming SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games. With all the hard work put in by the NSAs, volunteers, technical officials and competition managers, we have set the stage for the extraordinary to happen.

Heading into 2015 and the festive season, I would wholeheartedly recommend that we do what can to support the great and many sporting events that are taking place for each and every sport in the coming year, because together we are stronger. 

Bob Gambardella

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