EVENT: 74TH SINGAPORE OPEN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012

Last weekend, the 74th Singapore Open Tack and Field Championships organised by the Singapore Athletics Association was held at the Bishan Stadium. Quite a star-studded affair, with the likes of Olympics Singapore REPRESENT! (say it in a swag tone) Gary Yeo and Singapore athletics veteran – James Wong competing in their respective field. What up!

Anyways, thanks to the ladies and gentlemen over at the event, we have a few nice and intense photos.

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Photos credits: Eric Lim & Jervis Mun

 

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The 26th SEA Games has begun!

The 26th SEA Games is finally here. With over 500 Gold medals in contention, the region’s top athletes from 11 countries will battle it out in 44 different sports over a span of 11 days. From 11th to 22nd November, Team Singapore will carry the Nation’s pride & colours to the sporting arenas in Jakarta & Palembang, Indonesia.

This time round, Singapore is fielding a relatively young team of athletes hoping to give them some exposure and also experience competing in a regional level. Leading the Singapore contingent is the Chef de Mission – James Wong, who is taking part in his 9th SEA Games this time round. The veteran Discus thrower is deadly with his throws, and is looking forward to clinch another Gold at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.

I know many of us, Singaporeans couldnt care much about the SEA Games as they would compared to the EPL, Olympics or S-League for that matter. I mean, seriously, how many of you before reading this, knew about the SEA Games starting on 11th November. How many of Singaporeans out there actually knows how many sports are Singapore competing in the 44 sports available? Seriously, i doubt many would know.

Yes, we may have our disapproval and unfavourable opinions about certain sports athletes or sports which the government supports. But, lets put all those aside and look instead at the bigger picture for sports in Singapore. We have the potential to make the sporting scene even bigger in Singapore. Already we have come a long way since those days of playing soccer at the void decks or running events that didnt strike a stride with most Singaporeans. Such Games, i honestly believe, open the doors to more opportunity and improvements in the sporting scene in Singapore. It allows young Singaporeans who aspire to be a professional athlete to hone their skills in a sport-oriented environment. Give these athletes a chance.

Yes, we might not win ALL the medals in every games we take part in nor are our athletes very much comparable to the Western counterparts (who are genetically bigger, faster and stronger), but we could always aim to be the best in our region. The best among our neighbours. Or simply, the best in Singapore.

To any of the Singapore athletes reading this, winning the Gold medal should NOT be the MAIN thing in your minds as you all proceed to the Games. Yes, indeed “Go for Gold” might be on your mind, but seriously, focus more on your performance & pursue excellence in your field and the Gold will come to you. As the saying goes, “Pursue excellence and success will chase you, pant down.”. Gambatte Team Singapore!

You can catch the daily highlights of the day’s events on Channel 5 at 11pm!

11 Days to the SEA Games 2011!

Yes! The 26th South East Asian Games is happening next month – November 11th, and its gonna be held at Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia. Just so you know, it is a biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asianamely – BRUNEI, CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, LAOS, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, TIMOR-LESTE & VIETNAM!

The games is under regulation of the Southeast Asian Games Federation with supervision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia. (reference: Wikipedia)

From my understanding, our TEAM SINGAPORE is sending 369 of the Nation’s best athletes to represent Singapore and participate in the games. These athletes come from diverse sporting disciplines ranging from athletics, sport climbing and even wake boarding! How cool is that?!

Another GOLD Medal again, this time round?

The SEA Games is one of the biggest and prestigious sporting events in the region (next to the Commonwealth Games) and with all the region’s top athletes vying out for the ultimate GOLD MEDAL, you can expect very close competition and races. And even perhaps, past records being broken too!

With the likes of Mok Ying Ren (Athletics – 5000m, Marathon), James Wong (Discus & who is also the Chef de Mission of the SG Team), Jasmine Yeong-Nathan (Bowling) and the Sailing team among the long list of top athletes, be sure to expect some great and awesome moments in sports. But of course, 100% support has got to be given to the lesser informed sports (in Singapore) such as Petanque, Equestrian and also Boxing just to name a few. Afterall, it is TEAM SINGAPORE we’re all rooting for! ^_^.

All the best to TEAM SINGAPORE for the 26th SEA Games. Yes, indeed winning the GOLD MEDALS is important, but what’s even more important, to me at least, is that we cultivate a sense of sporting excellence in our country which i strongly believe will help motivate further Singaporeans in general to pick up a sporting activity and incorporate it into their lifestyle. It doesnt matter what sport you do, as long as you do it.

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, & a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable, an American amateur wrestler who was undefeated state champion during his sophomore through senior years.

For more info on the 26th SEA Games, schedules, spectator guides etc, click on the image link below! 

References: 

http://www.seag2011.com/en/

http://www.teamsingapore.com.sg/

http://redsports.sg/2011/07/26/indonesia-2011-sea-games/