Message from Bob July 2015
Congratulations Singapore! To the 784 Team Singapore athletes who competed, the 15,000 volunteers who assisted and to the many thousands of spectators who came to unconditionally cheer on Team Singapore, I can unequivocally say that the 28th SEA Games was a resounding success!
The record-breaking medal haul was a historic and watershed moment for Team Singapore; and a testament to the relentless hard work and commitment of our Athletes and the various stakeholders in the High Performance system.
I posed the question to my SSI colleagues as to “what was the most memorable moment of the SEA Games for them” and the united and common reply from many of them was something that I am exceptionally proud to hear. It was a reply of immense satisfaction in seeing the athletes and the sports that they had tirelessly worked with, compete at the 28th SEA Games and in many cases take the podium. (See the Sideline News for some of the replies from SSI staff across many departments.)
VIBRANT SPORTS ECOSYSTEM
To me, this is an ideal way of summing up the achievements of the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) to date. It is the depth of relationships we are building with our athletes, sports and stakeholders. It is the growing shared understanding of the levels of sophistication that must be in place for high performance to be effective and the links that are forming amongst us all. We must all recognise that we are in a rapidly evolving sporting ecosystem of sharing best practices, creating strategic partnerships while developing a shared vision.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
Many would say that it is a great time to look back and reflect on the success of the 28th SEA Games. However, at this juncture I like to remind all of the anecdote that “it gets windier” as you get nearer the top of the mountain. And in this case, the Rio 2016 Olympics looms over the High Performance calendar horizon and more imminently the 8th Asean Para Games in December. The SSI team, in tandem with the Para Games Organising Committee, is finalising the high performance groundwork and systems for supporting Team Singapore and we are excited to be behind our para athletes.
DEVELOPING THE ECOSYSTEM
SSI will be pushing forward post-SEA Games to build on the positive developments that have taken place in building the High Performance Sports (HPS) ecosystem in Singapore. Some of the initiatives include working with Singapore Sports School to build more seamless athlete development pathways, enhanced campaign funding and deeper stakeholder engagement with NSAs and the corporate community to leverage on new and innovative collaborations and resources.
Finally, a big thanks to local partners such as Mediacorp, who helped broadcast the message of the SSI to the community, to companies such as Joe & Dough, Squeezed, Smoothie King, OSIM, Sportslink and Sakae Sushi who partnered with SSI to better serve the athletes during games time, as well as the great support of the spexBusiness network. Without such selfless contribution and unwavering support from them, Team Singapore would not have reached the heights we did. Let us press on and “Together, we are stronger” and continue to “Celebrate the Extraordinary”
Chief, SSI – Bob Gambardella
SSI (Quah Ting Wen and Chief (SSI) Bob Gambardella) and 938 Live Host, Andre Ahchak
SSI Nutrition Lab in Gamestime Mode