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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.


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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Newsbreak: Amanda Choo cracks her national 100m record at Negri Sembilan Open

Singapore’s top female sprinter Amanda Choo has broken her national 100m record at the Negri Sembilan Open.

The 22-year-old, who is coached by Loh Chan Pew, clocked 12.03sec in her heat on Saturday morning to eclipse her three-year-old record of 12.12sec which she set at the 2007 South-east Asian Games.

Her feat also makes her the first athlete to set a new national open record this year.

Amanda went on to the final but did not win in the end. She suffered from the law of diminishing returns as the meet organisers had bizzarely arranged for the semi-finals and the final to be held on the same day.

She clocked 12.17sec in her semi-final and then 12.37sec, behind Malaysia’s Siti Zubaidah who won in 12.29sec.

It was also a good day at the races for national serviceman Calvin Kang who clocked a season’s best time of 10.61sec.

It’s 0.08sec off his national junior record of 10.53sec which he set in 2008.But when you consider that Calvin only resumed serious training this year after being out for almost a year because of national service duties, it’s, all in,  a very promising sign.

Calvin later went on to win the final in 10.95sec, just ahead of fellow national sprinter Izwan Firdaus (11.01sec)

Singapore also won two golds in the jumps on Saturday.

Long jumper Matthew Goh won the men’s event with his 7.27m effort, which is 0.35m short of his national record of 7.62m while Ronnie Cai won the high jump with his best effort of 2.05m.

On Sunday, triple jumper Stefan Tseng cleared a very decent 15.92m to win the event. Although it is off his national record of 16.04m, it is a good distance considering that he entered national service at the start of the year and has not had the opportunity to train regularly with coach Valeri Obidko.

Let’s hope it all works out for Stefan — that he ends up in a vocation that will enable him to train regularly and qualify for the Asian Games.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Newsflash: SAA to nominate Seng Song for SEA Games 100m ticket?

The Singapore Athletics Association (SAA) has decided to nominate national sprinter Poh Seng Song for the 2009 Laos SEA Games following his performance at the Asean University Games in Kuala Lumpur last month, the Singapore Sports Fan has learnt from sources. 
The 25-year-old, who recently graduated from the Singapore Management University (SMU), clocked a personal best time of 10.49secs en route to qualifying for the final (he eventually finished third in 10.68sec).

That PB is faster than the bronze medal-winning time of 10.53sec (clocked by Malaysia’s A. Noor Mohammad Imran) at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat.

The onus is now on Seng Song to consistently reproduce times close to or better than the 10.49sec he clocked at the Asean University Games. Picture from www.ssc.gov.sg

The onus is now on Seng Song to consistently reproduce times close to or better than the 10.49sec he clocked at the Asean University Games. Picture from http://www.ssc.gov.sg

Of course, the onus is now on Seng Song to show that that this new PB is no flash in the pan and that he is consistently able to reproduce similar timings in competitions throughout this year.

Only then will the Singapore National Olympic Council approve of the SAA’s nomination.

Still, one could not have asked for a better end to 2008 and a better start to 2009 for Seng Song, who is coached by Singapore Sports School sprints coach Viatcheslav Vassilieve.

Last year, Seng Song’s season best time prior to the Asean University Games was 10.70sec, a far cry from his personal best of 10.59sec.

As a result, he lost out on the chance to compete at in the 100m at the Beijing Olympics on a wildcard entry. That slot went to national junior sprinter Calvin Kang who clocked a new national junior record of 10.55sec during a purple patch from May to July.

If Seng Song’s nomination is eventually approved by the SNOC, it means that he will be the first national sprinter since UK Shyam in 2001 to directly earn a berth in the SEA Games 100m sprint.

The SAA’s policy has always been to get our national sprinters to qualify for the SEA Games via the 4x100m relay first. The top two sprinters from the team of six will then get to compete in the 100m.

Here’s wishing Seng Song a blazing year on the track this year. I am definitely hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that he will continue to set new PBs this year and I would love to see him in action in the SEA Games 100m final at the end of the year.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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