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Imperative to swim with the tide

As an athlete, Terence Khoo was a rugby player so adept at sidestepping challenges that he would have made the professional league in England had it not been for an untimely injury.

As a businessman, the 46-year-old is also quick to adapt with the times, and has been particularly mindful of the need to do so since he founded Enterprise Sports Group (ESG) 12 years ago.

When the sports ...more

More disability-inclusive gyms in the pipeline

Gyms with equipment for both the able-bodied and people with disabilities will be set up at government-run sports centres in Bedok, Jurong West, Tampines and Toa Payoh.

These disability-inclusive gyms at ActiveSG sports centres are expected to be ready by next year.

The move, announced by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu in Parliament yesterday, is part of the ...more

Parliament: New $50m matching grant for elite athletes

The Government has pledged an additional $50 million over the next five years for high performance sport, but as much as another $100 million could separately be channelled into backing elite athletes, if a new matching grant is maximised successfully.

This comes after a new One Team Singapore matching grant was announced yesterday, an initiative that will see the Government match dollar-for-dollar ...more

S$100 million to produce champions

Singapore

IT WAS after Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling made history at the Olympic Games last year that the government is pumping an additional S$100 million to ensure the country continues producing champions.

Announcing this in Parliament yesterday, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said the funds will go to Sport Singapore's (SportSG) High Performance Sports ...more

Schooling thrives best under pressure

Singapore

IN a year when there is so much at stake for Singapore's swim star Joseph Schooling, it is reassuring to hear him say that he thrives under pressure and that it motivates him to push himself even harder.

After his Rio Olympics gold-medal triumph last August, the 21-year-old hunter is now the hunted, globally.

The good thing is that the University of Texas student ...more

Sports Hub: Community events a hit for sports hub

The gleaming dome of the National Stadium may be the crown jewel of the Singapore Sports Hub, a symbol of elite-level sports action, but the facility is also meant to host activities for the community to partake.

In a media briefing yesterday, Chin Sau Ho, the Sports Hub's senior director for corporate communications and stakeholder management, shared statistics to show that interest in community ...more

Swimming: Singapore swimming charts new waters

The last two years have been nothing short of stunning for Singapore swimming - a record 23-gold haul at the 2015 SEA Games, followed by Singapore's first Olympic gold medal at last year's Rio Games.

And the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) is keen to sustain the momentum that followed the gold rush by rolling out a high-performance plan to ensure the sport stays where it belongs ...more

Support athletes whose parents can't afford to

Executive editor Sumiko Tan's interview gave us a very good insight into Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling's penchant for swimming and his aspiration to compete in the Olympics (Singapore's most famous mum; March 5).

He is a very determined and talented swimmer, and is very lucky to have parents who helped him achieve his goal.

Things would have been different if Mr and Mrs ...more

NCAA showdown for Quah, Schooling

Weeks of waiting on the sidelines culminated in a sensational swim for Quah Zheng Wen, as he finally got approval from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to compete for the University of California, Berkeley.

Yesterday, at the Pac-12 Invitational held in Federal Way, Washington, the 20-year-old finished the 200-yard butterfly in an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 1min 40.36sec ...more

All about the birdies and a Bee

Singapore

A FOUR-WAY tie just before the turn, down to three with only one shot separating them, and a possible straight fight while on the 17th green.

With such shifting scenario, the excitement was always building up, reaching a crescendo at the home stretch on the final day of the US$1.5 million HSBC Women's Champions at the New Tanjong course at Sentosa.

Amid the din ...more

Golf: Wie on course for rare victory

On an unfamiliar golf course, Michelle Wie finds herself in an unaccustomed position.

The American, pain-free for the first time in years, wakes up this morning with the HSBC Women's Champions lead and a mere 18 holes away from lifting a trophy after her last triumph 987 days ago.

She shot a five-under 67 yesterday to reach 14-under 202 and is two strokes clear at the Sentosa Golf ...more

Netball: Sharks victorious in NSL opener

With six national players in their squad, the Tiger Sharks are one of the contenders to win this year's M1 Netball Super League title.

And they showed how tough it will be to beat them at yesterday's league-opening match, never relinquishing an early lead in defeating three-time champions Magic Marlins 54-48 at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

By the end of the first quarter, the Sharks ...more

Online portal for disability sports up and running

Ms Goi Ming Ying has loved sports from the days she ran and played badminton for her school.

But the IT consultant's sporting days ended 10 years ago after a botched knee operation.

She developed complex regional pain syndrome and, ever since, has needed to use a wheelchair.

"I was quite depressed for a period of time," said Ms Goi, 40.

Without sports, she said, ...more

Safeguarding Singapore's golf clubs

IT is no secret that a relatively high percentage of land in Singapore has been reserved for golf courses.

Before Jurong Country Club's closure last December, golf clubs occupied about 11 per cent of total land area. This island of only 720 sq km has, by a quick count, 14 golf clubs and 27 courses. This is certainly not par for the course.

Raffles Country Club is due to shut next ...more

Athletics: Mok in tapering phase, upbeat on SEA Games berth

Mok Ying Ren, the 2013 SEA Games marathon champion, is confident about his chances of qualifying for this year's Games in Kuala Lumpur.

The 28-year-old, who will be targeting the qualifying mark of 2hr 37min 10sec at the Seoul International Marathon on March 19, said he is in the "tapering phase" of his training, and is taking the necessary precautions to stay fit.

"I'm just focusing ...more
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