Monthly Archives: August 2009

On a break. Back soon.

In case you’ve been wondering, I’ve been really busy at work, and haven’t had the time to write.

Now, I’m on a break to recharge the batteries and spend some time with the family.

Will be back soon. Cheers and thanks for visiting the site.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Sports School athletes set two national athletics records at Thailand Sports School Games

The report:

Two Singapore Sports School students have broken national records at the track and field competition of the  Thailand Sports School Games. Hurdler Goh Wei Ning broke Dipna Lim-Prasad’s 100m hurdles record of 15.20sc when she clocked 15.08sec in the Girls U-16 final.

Then, Shanti Pereira broke Valerie Pereira’s national U-15 200m record f 26.05sec when she won the Girls U-14 gold in 26.03sec. Incidentally, Valerie is Shanti’s older sister.

The Singapore Sports Fan would like to congratulate Wei Ning and Shanti on their achievements. What is even more encouraging are their ages vis-a-vis the ages of the athletes whose records they broke.

Wei Ning just turned 15 but broke a record set by an 18-year-old (Dpina) while Shanti is only 13, compared to her sister wo was 14 when she set the national age-group mark.

Here’s the report which appeared in The Straits Times on Monday:


Wei Ning sets record to make amends

(The Straits Times, 10 Aug 2009)

By Gerard Wong

WHEN Goh Wei Ning did not get selected for the Asian Youth Games (AYG) three months ago, she cried her heart out for days.

The Singapore Sports School student lost the chance to compete in the girls’ 100m hurdles at the AYG, after she was beaten by CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School sprinter Inez Leong at the Schools National Track and Field Championships in April.

‘I was very disappointed, but the loss was also a wake-up call for me,’ said Wei Ning, who clocked 15.21sec in the B Division 100m hurdles final to finish second behind Inez (15.14sec). ‘It spurred me to train harder.’

All the hard training paid off on Saturday, when Wei Ning set a national junior record in the 100m hurdles at the Thailand Sports School Games.

The Secondary Three student, 15, sprinted to the gold in the girls’ Under-16 final in 15.08sec. The time shattered 18-year-old Dipna Lim Prasad’s record of 15.20sec, which was set at the South-east Asia Junior Athletics Championships in June.

Her school will be submitting the time to the SAA to be ratified as a new national junior mark.

‘I was confident of winning but I was stunned by the time,’ said Wei Ning, who won the U-14 gold last year.

 Her coach, Viatchelsav Vassiliev, was also pleasantly surprised.

 ‘From her training, I had expected her to clock about 15.2,’ said the Georgian. ‘This is a good boost for her because it ends her competitive season on a high note.

 ‘The new time will motivate her to go all out to qualify for next year’s Youth Olympics.’

 Wei Ning agreed.

 ‘I lost the chance to compete in the AYG, so I am determined not to miss out on the biggest one that Singapore will be hosting,’ she said.

 Wei Ning was not the only national record breaker on Saturday.

 Sports School Secondary One student Shanti Pereira, 13, won the girls’ U-14 200m final in 26.03sec to break the national U-15 record of 26.05 by a whisker. That record was set by her older sister, Valerie, in 2004.


Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Deepest condolences to Joscelin, Leonard and Gerard Yeo

Singapore sport and Singapore swimming was hit by a sad loss yesterday.

Tan Lee Choo, the mother of former Singapore swim queen Joscelin Yeo, ex-national triathlete Gerard Yeo, and former national swimmer and water polo player Leonard Yeo, passed away yesterday from a brain tumour. She was 59.

Tan will be remembered by the Singapore media as Joscelin’s friendly and approachable but also fiercely protective mother during those 14 fantastic years of swimming when Joscelin splashed her way to 40 SEA Games gold medals, broke numerous national and SEA Games records and won two Asian Games bronze medals.

“Are you going to write bad things about Joscelin?” she would ask whenever she was approached for help to arrange interviews with her three-time Sportswoman of the Year daughter who clearly had no love and little time for the media.

It was a question that Tan would ask with a smile, which meant that it was usually said in jest. But it was also her signal to the reporters that she was not someone to be messed around with.

Tan was certainly held in high regard in the local swimming fraternity and no sports reporter will ever forget her clear voice crisply announcing the swimming results from the control room at local swimming meets.     

 I would like to express my condolences and deepest sympathies to the Yeo siblings.

Yours in sport

 Singapore Sports Fan

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