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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


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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Awesome day for Singapore athletics as hurdlers keep breaking records

I’ve been away for a long time again because of personal commitments. But I just couldn’t resist the urge to post again after reading this report on the TODAY website (see below).

What an amazing day for the hurdles discipline in local athletics.  My heartiest congratulations to Jannah Wong and Joshua Chua of Raffles Institution and to Singapore Sports School athletes Nur Izlyn Zaini and Tia Louise Rozario for their stunning performances at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

My congratulations to their coaches too. It must have been a major thrill for them to see their charges repeatedly setting new national age-group and championship records this morning and afternoon.

Of all the record-breaking feats, Joshua’s timings in the Boys C Div 100m hurdles were the most impressive.

First, he chopped 0.46sec off Linus Chong’s record of 13.81sec in the morning heat with his time of 13.35. Then he proceeded to clock an even faster 13.26sec in the afternoon’s final. Phew! Just the thought of it is enough to leave me breathless.

Jannah’s times are also impressive. She is turning 18, and broke Dipna Lim-Prasad’s national junior record which was set by the latter when she was also 18. So it indicates that she is the next hurdler to watch in the coming years. I wonder if she can make it to next year’s SEA Games in Singapore.

Actually, I just hope all these new records indicate that we are looking at potential national hurdlers who will go on to represent Singapore with distinction at future SEA Games.

Hopefully, all this has made the Singapore Athletic Association sit up and take notice, and start thinking of a sustainable developmental plan to keep these young talents on the track for as long as possible, so that they can realise their fullest potential.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan


Slew of hurdles records broken at National Schools C’ships (TODAY Online, April 8, 2014)

Jannah leads charge as several meet and national age-group marks are set in morning

and afternoon sessions

SINGAPORE – It rained hurdles records at the National Schools Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium the whole of today.

A range of national age-group and meet records all went a-tumbling as Jannah Wong, Tia Louise Rozario, Nur Izlyn Zaini and Joshua Chua burnt the tarmac with their sizzling displays.

 Raffles Institution student Jannah Wong showed that she could be the next hurdler to watch out for in the coming years after SEA Games bronze medallist Dipna-Lim Prasad when she set a national junior record in the Girls A Division 100m hurdles hears this morning.

The 17-year-old’s time of 14.69sec not only obliterated the championships record of 15.03, but also rewrote Lim-Prasad’s national U-19 and junior records of 14.72sec.

Wong was not the only Rafflesian to set new meet and national marks today.

Her younger schoolmate, Joshua Chua, set new Boys’ C Division and national U15 100m hurdles records today in the morning heats as well as in the afternoon final.

The Secondary Two student clocked 13.35 en route to qualifying for the final to smash the existing meet and national U15 mark of 13.81 set by Linus Chong in 2010.

Chua, 14, then did it again in the final when he won the gold in 13.26.

Singapore Sports School students Tia and Nur Izlyn also broke records in their respective events.

Tia set a new Girls C Div 80m hurdles record when she clocked 12.35 in her morning heat. The time was 0.09 faster than the existing record of 12.44 by Jannah in 2010. It was also 0.02 faster than Jannah’s national U15 record of 12.37.

To prove it was not a fluke, Tia then went under her new records in the afternoon’s final when she took the gold in 12.33.

This is the 14-year-old’s second championship record at the competition. She had set a new C Div long jump record of 5.23m on Monday.

Schoolmate Nur Izlyn was not to be outdone.

Like Tia, she erased Jannah’s B Div 100m hurdles record of 14.83 with her 14.77 effort in the morning’s heats. The time was also a new National U17 record as it was faster than the existing mark of 14.78 set by Goh Wei Ning in 2010.

Nur Izlyn struck again in the afternoon when she blitzed home in the final in 14.65.

Apart from all the hurdles records, the only non-hurdles championship record that has been set at this year’s competition has been in the Boys B Div discus.

Hwa Chong Institution’s Eric Yee hurled his way into the record books on Monday with his 48.79m effort, erasing the 48.70m record held by Scott Wong since 2006.


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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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