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Eye doctor swims 1,500 laps over three days for charity

For three days, eye doctor Quah Boon Long swam till his arms and legs burned.

He had a target: 1,500 laps.

Yesterday, under the scorching sun, the 54-year-old finally hit his mark.

With that, he won the open category at Safra's Swim for Hope charity drive.

The three-day event ended yesterday and involved more than 2,000 swimmers doing laps at five Safra clubhouses ...more

Hiit workouts a hit here

For a long time, fitness junkies have lived by the mantra that good things take time.

Want to build muscles? Carve out an hour to pump weights at the gym.

If it is cardio fitness or weight loss you are after, strap on your running shoes and pound the pavement a few times a week.

But in recent years, the idea of an extended workout routine seems to be going out of vogue.

In ...more

Budding stars united in chasing their dreams

They arrived at Kallang Wave mall last Tuesday one by one, sharing a group hug and exclamations of delight upon meeting.

But this hour-long gathering of Clare Cheng, Sneha Sivakumar and Lau Ywen was no ordinary outing among friends - it was a reunion five years in the making.

Chosen to attend the 2012 Olympics as young journalists under the McDonald's Champions of Play programme, ...more

Asian champs aiming for C'wealth Games

After a strong showing at the Asian Lawn Bowls Championships that included a historic gold, Singapore's lawn bowlers are now hopeful the result will lift them to a first appearance at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games next year.

The squad of 10 completed their outing on Monday in New Delhi with a total of four medals, including top honours in the men's fours event. The women completed the ...more

Temporary relief for softball, baseball

The new year will bring a new home - albeit a temporary one - for the baseball and softball fraternity.

They will move to Farrer Park after vacating their premises at the Kallang Diamonds following the expiry of the lease at the end of December.

The lease for Kallang - home for the past two decades - had been extended for the second time in the past year. The two sports were originally ...more

SCDF cyclists leading OCBC corporate race


THE opening round of the inaugural OCBC Cycle Speedway Corporate Championship took place last Saturday at the Singapore Sports Hub in Kallang, with four of the 11 participating teams advancing to the grand final on Nov 18.

Coming in first was the cycling team from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). They were joined by the teams from GlaxoSmithKline, Advanced Micro ...more

Aquatic world champs here next month

A string of diving and swimming world champions will be in town next month.

China's Peng Jianfeng and Wang Han will headline the Nov 3-5 Fina Diving Grand Prix in Singapore, before the likes of South African Chad Le Clos, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom are in action at the Nov 18-19 Swimming World Cup. Both events will take place at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Peng, ...more

Singapore Sports: More sports activities on offer for over-40s

When Alice Sin finally went into a swimming pool two years ago, it was not to learn how to swim. Instead, she took part in pool walking as a form of therapy after she had hurt her right knee.

From just being able to waddle in the pool, the 56-year-old housewife is now able to float on water.

She said: "In my first session, I just walked twice around the perimeter of the pool.

"Previously, ...more

Beach Volleyball: Mixed fortunes on Singapore debut

Grey clouds appeared at the start of the South-east Asian Beach Volleyball Championships at Sentosa's Palawan Beach yesterday morning, but the weather was not the only thing that was unclear.

For Singapore's three women's beach volleyball teams, it was their first international-level competition. And while they were eager to impress supporters on home soil, they were up against unfamiliar ...more

Badminton: Not in peak form but NSF Loh wins once more

His skills and conditioning may be a little rusty during his ongoing stint as a full-time national serviceman (NSF), but Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew's zest for the sport remains as robust as ever.

The 20-year-old tapped on that passion to somehow battle his way to the OUE Singapore International Series men's singles title, after beating compatriot Ryan Ng 21-15, 21-15 in last Saturday's ...more

Asean Para Games: Danielle savours gold after 2-year wait

Swimmer Danielle Moi finished first in the women's 200m freestyle S14 race at the last Asean Para Games (APG) in Singapore two years ago. But she was not awarded a medal then because there were not enough competitors in that class.

Happily for the 17-year-old, the regional scene has improved and she was rewarded with a gold medal yesterday after touching the wall first once again.

She ...more

She's working on her pulling power

As the city where I competed in my first Asean Para Games (APG), Kuala Lumpur will always hold a special place in my heart. I know it will be similar for Aini, who will make her debut today in the powerlifting competition.

Aini was born bow-legged and while she is small in stature - she stands at 1.37m and weighs 45kg - she has big ambitions.

One of my first encounters with her ...more

PUB to study water-efficiency in swimming pool operations

Singapore has no national guidelines on keeping swimming pools water-efficient, and lacks information on how much wastage really occurs in pools across the country.

To resolve the issue, national water agency PUB called a tender on government procurement website GeBiz for a company to conduct a study into swimming pool management.The tender closed late last month.

In response to ...more

Special demands in open water swimming

The death of a participant in yesterday's Singapore International Triathlon has cast the spotlight again on safety in endurance events, especially those that involve swimming in the open sea.

Yesterday, 42-year-old Stephen Begley died after encountering difficulties in the 1.5km swim leg of the standard distance relay event.

Last year, medical experts urged athletes to get themselves ...more

Ong eyes another shot at glory

Marc Ong found a measure of redemption when he led Singapore's men's golf team to a historic gold medal at last month's SEA Games but his pursuit for an individual accolade remains unfulfilled.

A seven-under 65 in yesterday's second round of the Putra Cup, however, was another step in the right direction for Ong, whose 12-under 132 leaves him second.

He trails a familiar figure, ...more
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