NIE at the SEA Games

NIE at the SEA Games

Date
Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Media Type
NIE News September 2015, http://www.nie.edu.sg/nienews/sep15/?q=contents/nies_contingent_at_sea_games_2015

By NIE Alumna, Ms Eliza Ng

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Above: Sport Science Management Alumna Ms Dipna Lim- Prasad rewrote the 400mH national record of 59.24 seconds and clinched silver at the 28th SEA Games 2015

The South East Asian Games once again returned to Singapore after a hiatus of 22 years. It was especially significant to the nation as she celebrates a golden jubilee this year.

A total of 747 athletes were selected by the Singapore National Olympic Council to represent Singapore, which was the largest team representing at a major sports tournament. We are proud to have had 39 NIE alumni, students and staff from the Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) Academic Group who represented Team Singapore in 18 different sports.

In the Athletics category, Associate Professor Govindasamy Balasekaran, Head of PESS, led a team of 73 athletes to participate in a total of 46 events. With the team under his mighty wings, the team clinched three Golds, three Silvers and three Bronzes! It was the best performance in Athletics since the 2003 SEA Games held in Malaysia. In addition, an astounding nine national records were broken. There were also nine national records, 22 personal best timings and 36 season best timings achieved on home soil.

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Above: Representing the Games Officials, Mr Mohammed Azhar Bin Yusof read the Official’s Oath at the opening ceremony

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Above: PESS Alumna Ms Dinah Chan clinched the bronze medal after coming in third in the women individual time trial of 47:41.9 minutes

Our NIE Alumna, Ms Eliza Ng Yu Jun, recalled that she was very honoured to represent the nation in the 800 metre, 1500 metre and 3000 metre steeplechase. She recorded a stunning personal best timing of 12.14.91 minutes in the women 3000 metre steeplechase, shaving off 9 seconds from her previous timing. Another NIE Alumna, Ms Dipna Lim- Prasad, brought home the silver medal after achieving a timing of 59.24 seconds in the 400 metre event.

Not to be outdone, our staff and academics from PESS did us proud too. Ms Jennifer Chen Qiujun, represented the nation in the traditional boat race and bagged two bronzes in the 500 metre women TBR-6 Crew and 12 Crew events. Under the guidance of Assistant Professor Koh Koon Teck, the basketball team did extremely well to clinch the bronze title. It was also a special moment for Mr Mohammed Azhar Bin Yusof, appointed as the technical official of Rugby 7’s, who read the official oath at the opening ceremony of SEA games.

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Above: Our very own PESS Alumna, Ms Eliza Ng Yu Jun, sole representative of Singapore in women 1500 metre. She had come in 6th for the race with a timing of 4.57.41 minutes, under the 5 minutes barrier. She had qualified for three events; 800 metre (6th), 1500 metre (6th) and 3000 metre steeplechase (8th) under Assoc Prof Balasekaran’s guidance

It is indeed heartening to see our very own NIE Alumni, students and staff participating at the biennial 28th SEA games with different roles and responsibilities.

Our heartiest congratulations to all for doing Singapore proud! Keep NIE’s flag flying high!

Current Sport Science Management (SSM) Students Discipline Name
Director's Address and NIE Conference Day Aquatics - Swimming Mr Clement Lim Yong'En
Aquatics - Swimming Mr Pang Sheng Jun
Aquatics - Swimming Ms Lim Xiang Qi
Archery Ms Tan Si Lie
Athletics Mr Calvin Kang Li Loong
Athletics Ms Mohamed Zulkifli Nurul Jannah
Athletics Ms T. Piriyah
Basketball Ms Lim Jia Min
Basketball Mr Yoshida Yukie
Bowling Ms Bernice Lim Hui Ying
Canoeing Mr Luke Yap
Canoeing Ms Suzanne Seah
Canoeing Ms Soh Sze Ying
Pencak Silat Ms Sheik Alau'ddin Nur Shafiqa
Rowing Mr Pek Hong Kiat
Sailing Ms Daniella Ng Hui Min
Sailing Ms Chan Jing Hua Victoria
Shooting Mr Cheng Jian Huan
Traditional Boat Race Mr Neo Aik Jin Clement
Traditional Boat Race Ms Joyce Wee
Volleyball Ms Cassandra Tay Hwee Min
Volleyball Ms Joelle Lim
Current PESS Students Aquatics - Water Polo Mr Tan Jwee Ann Paul Louis
Rugby 7S Mr Ng Chung Jin Bryan
SSM Alumni Athletics Ms Dipna Lim-Prasad
Hockey Ms Laura Tan Si Ru
Sailing Ms Griselda Khng
Sailing Ms Jovina Choo Bei Fen
Traditional Boat Race Ms Pamela Choo Peiling
PESS Alumni Athletics Ms Eliza Ng Yu Jun
Athletics Mr Lee Cheng Wei
Archery Mr Pang Toh Jin
Cycling Ms Chan Siew Kheng Dinah
Floorball Ms Mohamed Zabir Fariza Begum
Squash Ms Joannah Yue Lai Wan
PESS Staff Traditional Boat Race Ms Chen Qiujun Jennifer
Basketball (Team Manager) Asst Prof Koh Koon Teck
Athletics (Distance Coach & Team Manager) Assoc Prof Govindasamy Balasekaran
Rugby 7S (International Technical Official) Mr Mohammed Azhar Bin Yusof

This article first appeared in NIE's quarterly publication NIE News in September 2015.