Category Archives: Singapore Sports School

Dylan Wong ends National Schools medal quest on a golden high

There’s a really good – albeit short – story in TODAY about Singapore Sports School student Dylan Wong (see below).

The 16-year-old not only won the Boys B Division triple jump with his leapt of 14.27m at the National Schools Track and Field Championships yesterday (Monday), but also set a new championship record with the distance. It was 7 centimetres longer than the 14.20m set by Benjamin Ong in 2012.

But what was more heartwarming about Dylan’s gold was the fact that he couldn’t even make the Sports School team last year because he was “not good enough”.

I am also given to understand that the gold – and the silver he garnered in the long jump last week – are the first medals that Dylan has ever won at the Schools Championships. What a wonderful way to end one’s find participation at the National Schools Championships.

Will Dylan ever make good on his stated ambition to one day break the national long and triple jump records set by Matthew Goh (7.62m) and Stefan Tseng (16.04m) in 2009? I don’t know – but then again, he is being trained by Valeri Obidko, the former coach of Matthew and Stefan, so if there is one person who can help a jumper to realise his full potential, it would be the former Russian-turned-Singapore citizen, whose proteges are all in the national record books.

Congratulations, Dylan, and all the best in your jumping endeavors.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Dylan makes the jump from zero to hero in one year

(TODAY Online, April 15, 2014)

SINGAPORE — What a difference a year makes.

Twelve months ago, Singapore Sports School (SSP) student Dylan Wong was not even selected by his coaches to compete at the National Schools Track and Field Championships because he was, in his own words, “not good enough” for the level of competition.

Yesterday, the Secondary 4 student not only won the Boys “B” Division title in the triple jump at the annual meet, he also set a new championship record while doing so. Dylan leapt 14.27m at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium to erase the existing mark of 14.20m set by Benjamin Ong — also from SSP — in 2012.

It was also his second medal of the Championships — he had won a silver in the long jump last week with his 6.60m effort.

The 16-year-old, who is 1.75m tall, credits his growth spurt for his success at this year’s meet.

“You can say puberty hit me late, or I am a late bloomer, but my increase in height has helped me a lot in my sport,” said Dylan, who has grown by more than 10cm in less than six months.

In fact, Dylan has now set his sights on eventually breaking the national long jump and triple jump records set by Matthew Goh (7.62m) and Stefan Tseng (16.04m).

“During triple jump trainings in the past month especially, I have been consistently doing 14.50m jumps … I feel that it is easier now that I am taller, and also because I have been working on my landing which is my weak point,” said the teenager, whose uncle is former national high jumper Wong Yew Tong who still holds the national record for the event.

There were also new records set in the Boys “C” Div Discus (1kg) and the Girls’ “B” Div 200m yesterday. Raffles Institution’s Jonathan Low, 14, set both a meet and national Under-15 record when he hurled 53.66m to eclipse the 51.54m recorded by Jordan Chia last year.

His nearest competitor, Alfred Leong from Hwa Chong Institution, finished more than eight metres behind with his 45.62m effort. SSP’s Kugapriya Chandran, 16, clocked 25.51sec in the 200m sprint to break the record of 25.64s set by Eugenia Tan in 2012. ADELENE WONG

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My deepest condolences to Dominique Sarron Lee’s family

The report:

This appeared in the newspapers today:

NSman and former Sports School sprinter dies after training exercise
(TODAY, 18 April 2012)

SINGAPORE – A full-time National Serviceman died yesterday after experiencing breathing difficulties during training.

Private Lee Rui Feng Dominique Sarron (picture), 21, a former sprinter at the Singapore Sports School, was participating in a platoon exercise at the Murai Urban Training Facility in Lim Chu Kang.

TODAY understands that the incident happened after he took part in a training activity which involved smoke grenades.

Lee’s parents, Mr Matthew and Mrs Felicia Lee, were distraught. Mr Lee told Today: “This has all come as a sudden shock to us. He was healthy … and we only know that he got into trouble after inhaling smoke during training and we are still trying to come to terms that he is no longer with us.”

According to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Lee experienced breathing difficulties at 12.30pm. Three minutes later, he lost consciousness. A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medic attended to him immediately.

At 12.46pm, he was evacuated via a safety vehicle to Sungei Gedong Medical Centre, where an SAF doctor attended to him at 12.52pm.

At 1.03pm, he was conveyed in an ambulance to the National University Hospital (NUH), with an SAF doctor continuing to resuscitate him en route to the hospital.

Lee arrived at the NUH at 1.22pm. He was pronounced dead at 2.05pm.

In a statement, MINDEF said: “The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend our deepest condolences to the family of the late Private Lee. MINDEF is assisting the family in their time of grief and is investigating the incident.”

Lee, who celebrated his birthday last week, won a silver medal at the 8th Thailand Inter Sports School Games in 2005.

Last night, his Facebook page was filled with hundreds of tribute messages from friends who remembered him as an active and cheerful person.

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My thoughts:

I write this with a heavy heart.

Former Singapore Sports School student and sprinter Dominique Sarron Lee died yesterday during national service training. He was 21, having celebrated his 21st birthday just last Wednesday (April 11).

Dominique was part of the pioneer batch of 100-odd students who joined the Sports School when it opened its doors in 2004. A former student of Griffin Primary, I remember being told by my Sports School contacts how excited they were at his potential talent and his strapping build.

He was the fastest student from Griffin, and there had been among the Sports School coaches and administrators that he would go on to become a fine national sprinter.

But Dominique eventually found that there was a limit to his sprinting talent, and he did find himself being  overtaken by other sprinters like Calvin Kang and Yusof Azhari. According to his friends, his asthma also played a part in limiting his development.

Still, he  remained an important member of the school’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads.

He then went on to Temasek Polytechnic where he not only became a member of the polytechnic’s athletics team but also showed a huge talent for music, and for playing the guitar. He apparently turned out to be a pretty decent footballer too, and even became the goalkeeper for S-League club Geylang United’s Under-18 team.

Judging from the messages that Dominique’s friends have left on his Facebook page (search Dominique Lee Sarron), and on Twitter (#superflydom and #ripdom), it is clear that this young man was very much a treasured friend, who touched many people with his outgoing personality, big heart and character.

My deepest, deepest condolences to Dominique’s family for their loss. I can only hope that time will heal the pain and heartbreak they must be feeling. As a parent myself, I can understand the grief they must be experiencing. It is not right that parents have to see off their children.

Rest in peace, Dominique.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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National Schools Track and Field C’ships – Donovan and Eugenia light up an otherwise gloomy day at the track

Heartiest congratulations to Donovan Chan of Hwa Chong Institution and Eugenia Tan of Singapore Sports School for emerging the sprint king and queen of this year’s National Schools Track and Field Championships.

The two students were the only ones to complete a Double-Double at this year’s meet. They not only won the 100m and 200m in their respective divisions, but also set new records in both events in the process.

There was never a doubt that Eugenia was going to win today’s B Girls 100m final after she had set a new championship record in the blue ribbon event during the heats.

The absence of arch-rival, schoolmate and good friend Shanti Pereira – who withdrew from both the 100m and 200m possibly because of injury – merely meant that a win for Eugenia would be inevitable.

And the 16-year-ols Secondary Four student delivered. In a class of her own, she romped to an easy win in 12.69sec.

Indeed, the close fight took place in the battle for second and third instead. Katong Convent’s Jannah Wong – who set a new B Girls record in the 100m hurdles last week – took the silver in 13.10sec when she pipped Sheryl Tey from Nanyang Girls (13.16sec).

Donovan ended his campaign in this year’s meet even more stylishly – by setting the only record of the day when he blitzed past everyone else to take the A Boys 100m title.

He clocked a very impressive 10.70sec, eclipsing the 10.80sec record set by former national sprinter Poh Seng Song back in 2001 when he was still an Anglo-Chinese Junior College student.

Hwa Chong made it a double in the event when Tan Zong Yang took silver in a very commendable time of 10.92sec. Ezra Toh of Raffles Institution was third in 11.14sec.

So, well done to both Donovan and Eugenia for being the main highlights on an otherwise gloomy afternoon at CCK Stadium.

It was such a pity that it had to rain so heavily today.

Not only did the lightning and thunderstorm cause the programme to be halted for three hours, it also subsequently caused almost everyone to err on the side of caution on the wet track when their races came up.

As a result, many poor times were clocked.

Congratulations too to Hwa Chong for sweeping the Boys A, B and C Division titles.

There was more variety in the title races in the Girls Divisions.

Raffles Institution won the A title, while Cedar Girls took the B crown. Nanyang Girls High were crowned C Division champions.

Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan

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