After five days of intense competition (23 – 27 July), the 8th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) drew to a close on 28 July 2016. The Singapore Schools contingent won a total of 57 medals – 13 Golds, 14 Silvers, and 30 Bronzes. Please refer to Annex for the medals won for each respective sport.
2. Chef-de-Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Mr R Vasuthevan, commended the student-athletes for their participation. “It was heartening to see their grit and determination to do well for Singapore and they have done exceedingly well. In fact, we had quite a number of athletes who have beaten their personal best and we have also witnessed how the student-athletes from different countries supported one another both on and off the field.”
Forging Friendships While Competing Regionally
3. The ASG provides opportunities for students from different countries to interact and make friends through the common language and experience of sports, while learning about the different cultures in ASEAN. “Friendship Beyond Victory” is the tagline for this year’s games and it was epitomised by many of the athletes, who were always encouraging and motivating one another, amongst the different countries. Taking part in his second ASG, Gold Medallist for long jump, Joseph Zhao Zhiwei said, “The ASG was a very enriching experience for me as it allowed me to forge new bonds with fellow Singapore athletes, and a great opportunity for us to mingle with competitors from other countries and learn about their sporting practices”.
4. Kevin Ong Jit Eng, a swimmer and captain for this year’s men’s team, was one of the top performers as he clinched two golds, one silver and one bronze medal. He felt that the games provided another platform for him to compete regionally and strive for excellence. “At the ASG, you just have to trust in your own abilities and go in there without fear, and just swim your heart out.”
5. Student-athlete Kelvin Frany from the basketball team had the opportunity to lead as captain at this year’s ASG, where the team clinched a well-fought silver medal. When asked to describe the games, he said “Endurance is what the games are about. Although the team had a rough start, we were able to deal with the pressure and got back up on our feet. We did not give up despite our initial loss. We persevered and pushed on.”
6. Coach and Team Manager for badminton, Mr Samuel Sim and Mr Lok Chee How, are two key role models at the games. They have been coaching and managing the badminton team since the inauguration of the ASG’s multi-games format in 2009, and felt that the ASG not only provided a platform for young athletes to compete regionally, but also allowed them to learn the value of teamwork.
7. As stalwarts of the badminton coaching panel, Mr Sim said, “We believe in building trust and camaraderie amongst the team through a people-first approach, and with that respect and bond, the team will definitely be able to work well together.” Mr Lok added that he can see the student-athletes’ passion, and he is proud to see the student-athletes improving and developing maturity in their game. The team clinched five bronze medals this year.
Singapore Hosting the 9th ASG
8. The 9th ASG will be held in Singapore in July 2017. This will be the second time that Singapore will be hosting the event . Divisional Director of Student Development Curriculum Division, Ms Liew Wei Li, said, “We hope to continue to provide a platform and an opportunity for the student-athletes to compete regionally and also to befriend our ASEAN counterparts.” She represented the contingent at the closing ceremony yesterday, as she took over the baton from Thailand. Tentatively, 11 sports will be offered at Singapore’s edition of the games next year.