Sideline News May July 2015
Sideline News is a short write-up of the happenings in the sporting eco-system that SSI plays a part in. Read on below for more details!
Nutrition Workshop with Athletes Parents – 11 May
In tandem with Chef Kenneth Francisco, the SSI Sports Nutrition Department conducted a clinic for 15+ parents of athletes. The menu included one of Chef Kenneths SEA Games breakfast items, Chickpea Tomato. The parents were excited with the ease with which the dish could be prepared and amazed at the flavour!
Flag Ceremony + Hall of Fame Induction - 12 May
As the official precursor to the SEA Games, Flag bearer, Quah Ting Wen and Oath Taker, Hoe Wah Toon took their official duties with Minister Lawrence Wong and SNOC President, Tan Chuan Jin and the two CDM’s, Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang, as witnesses and in view of the SEA Games contingent. The Flag Ceremony also saw the induction into the Sports Hall of Fame of athletes Yip Pin Xiu (Para-Swimming), Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu (Table Tennis). Two captains from Archery (Leow Ting Hao) and Golf (Koh Sock Hwee) also shared their thoughts on the contributions to Sport and Singapore of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
28th SEA Games – 5-16 June
The contingent of 747 athletes and 347 officials was the largest ever team representing Singapore at a major Games, of which 421 athletes made their first appearance at the SEA Games. Team Singapore recorded a historic medal haul of 259 medals (84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze medals) at the 28th South East Asia Games (SEA Games).
Motivational talk with Joseph Schooling – 17 June, Athlete Services Centre
Before signing in front of a record crowd at the Kallang Wave, Joseph Schooling conducted a motivational interview at the Athlete Services Centre of the SSI. A real pleasure to hear about the inner thoughts of one of Singapores premier elite athletes.
Kevin Corde Media Session – 29 June
As part of the Singapore Swimming Associations Foreign Talent Sparring Program, one of the worlds top breaststrokers, Kevin Corde from the USA will be training with the Singapore team. A question and answer session with media was held at the Athlete Services Centre of the SSI.
Nike /SSI event 30 June
SSI partnered with Nike to bring to life the science of sports, providing expertise in introducing what sports science is about, and the important and significant role it plays in an athlete’s life. 20+ media attended a session which tested their agility, recorded their movement and speed and maxed out their strength and conditioning.
WWE meets the athletes at SSI – 2 July
15 SEA Games athletes met with WWE Superstar Tag Team, The New Day at the Athlete Services Centre in a Q&A session about the same shared journey of effort, commitment, motivation as well as training and nutrition. After that, a novel experiment took place where 3 SEA Games athletes from Rugby (Daniel Chow), Judo (Timothy Loh) and Track & Field (Benny Lam) took a strength test in the form of a Mid-Thigh Isometric Pull Test versus The New Day. WWE Superstar, Big E, came out on top, but Track & Field athlete, Benny Lam had an impressive pull.
SSI Partners Appreciation Lunch
SSI hosted 6 valued corporate sponsors for an Appreciation Lunch event held at The Athletes' Centre. 30 athletes from 16 different sports were also present at this event. SSI would like to thank Joe and Dough, OSIM International Ltd, Sakae Holdings, Sports Link Holdings Pte Ltd, Smoothie King and Squeezed for their generous contributions to The Premier Lounge during the 28th SEA Games.
Team Singapore SEA Games Celebration at the Istana - 13 July
As part of a post-SEA Games celebration, almost 500 athletes and officials were part of a Istana Garden Party, where their feats at the biennial Games were toasted.
The event was also attended by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, who is also president of the Singapore National Olympic Council, as well as Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.
Singapore Sports Institute - Memorable Moments from the Games
The question "What was your most memorable moment from the 28th SEA Games and why?" was put to staff from various departments. Here are some of their answers.
Ndi Ng, Athlete Services, SSI
“My most memorable moment during SEA Games was during the Champions Café, with an athlete from Synchronised Swimming. Before the SEA Games, I had been counselling her as she had been uncertain about her journey, the time and effort required to train and and ultimately, how she would perform. The Champions Café was held after the Synchronised Swimming Team had won their gold, and seeing the athlete so happy with her achievement affirmed to me the importance of my role as an athlete advisor in mentoring the athletes. ” - Ndi Ng
Joash Ng, HPS Analytics, SSI
“Reflecting on what the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) meant to me, I struggled to pinpoint a signature moment that could define my Games experience, a moment that could aptly convey my feelings and memories of the Games. Each day had its own rhythm and tempo. As I settled into the intensity of the Games, I started to appreciate this symphony of events. Each day seemed structured as a crescendo rising to those climatic football matches in the evenings.
As part of the HPS Analytics department, one of my primary roles was to ensure the smooth recording of all athlete video footage and uploading them onto a secured platform for the athletes to review and obtain feedback. In the build up to the Games, all the athletes were viewed in terms of numbers. Quah Zheng Wen was seen as the swimmer who needed to shave 4.99s to make the Olympic “A” Qualifying time for the 400m Individual Medley. Shanti Pereira was a 23.87 sprinter who had a shot at being Southeast Asia’s sprint queen.
Yet through the countless hours of watching and recording our athletes’ performances, I started to match faces to the athletes’ names; to watch them compete, handle their emotions and fight through adversity. Zheng Wen was not just the swimmer expected to bring X number of medals, but a beacon of hope to the notion that Singaporeans have the prodigy to compete in the “big leagues”. Similarly, Shanti was not just a record-breaking sprinter but an inspiration that barriers as big as a 42-year medal drought could also be taken down.
Thus, my fond memories of the Games were difficult to limit to just one moment. The Games period was characterized by sitting in the “recording studio” and screaming my lungs out, cheering Team Singapore on with colleagues I’ve only met for the first time, texting my colleagues excitedly each time we scored a victory and sharing in the pain of defeat. As I paused to reflect, I felt privileged to have witnessed the bringing of a nation together through the medium called sports.
What was my most memorable moment during the SEA Games? I do not know. It is difficult to give an answer when the experience as a whole was greater than the sum of its individual parts. It was, perhaps, just a time to celebrate the extraordinary.” - Joash Ng
Scott Vanderput, Strength & Conditioning, SSI
“My most memorable moment during SEA Games was seeing the athletes I had worked with, reach the podium. To me, it showed the trust in our relationship, the results of our shared hard work and a successful outcome to a long journey ” - Scott Vanderput
Ang Sin Hwee, Sports Nutrition, SSI with Rugby 7's athletes
"My most memorable moments during Sea Games 2015 were the bronze medal matches of the Singapore Rugby 7s Mens and the Singapore Mens Basketball team. 2 teams I have been working with in their journey leading up to the Games, so I can testify to the amount of hard work these guys have invested and dedicated – The sweat, the pain, the aches, the time. For basketball, the mens began their fourth quarter 41-38 down against Thailand before they bounced back to take the game with a 54-49 lead at the final whistle. The Rugby men also took the bronze medal, dominating Thailand 21-0 – after losing to them 10-14 in the preliminaries. Despite painfully missing out on a place in the final, these guys bounced back and played their best game in the entire tournament to clinch the bronze. Sometimes the colour of the medal does not paint the entire story that goes behind – To me, they were good as gold."
Eesha Shah (middle, right), Sports Psychologist, SSI with Mens Hockey Team
"One of the moments I hold most dear happened right after the Hockey (M) finals. For the SEA Games, I had gotten “Believe” printed on the back of the flag on their jerseys, as shown. It had become a trigger word for us during our preparation and symbolic of what we wanted to do at the Games – leave the jersey in a better place. After the finals, they autographed a Yonex polo shirt for me and wrote messages on it, one of them being “Believe” at the back of the flag. They said they hoped that act did for me, what it did for them – moved them. That simple act deeply humbled me." - Eesha Shah
Abdul Rahman Hassan, NSA Partnership, SSI
“There were many long and stressful days and nights overseeing all manner of operations at the MOC. However, the trust I had placed in my staff was justified as they delivered on their requirements and more. The SEA Games was not only a triumph for our athletes but also for the countless hours of behind the scenes work from our volunteers, the staff of the NSA's and Sport Singapore/The Singapore Sports Institute." - Abdul Rahman Hassan
Hoe Aik Teng, NSAP Capability Development, SSI
"My most memorable moment from the 28th SEA Games occurred when the stern voice of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, resounded throughout the National Stadium during the Tribute to him at the Opening Ceremony. The late Mr Lee shared his vision of sports and the role it should play for Singapore and her people. I teared at that moment with the realisation that I have played a part in his vision. It was a proud moment." - Aik Teng Hoe