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Update #5

A new video has been forwarded to SAA regarding the cross country, and is as below.


Update #4


Update #3


Update #2

Registration is closed for this meet.


Downloads

Please refer to Wings website www.Wings.org.sg for more details.


Event Info

Date: Saturday, 19th February

Time: 7.30am to 10.30am

Location: Bedok Reservoir Park


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15th Jan 2011
Posted by Sha
Filed under Announcements

Download the startlist and updated competition schedule:


List of events that have been cancelled:

  • Event 225 2000mSC Womens Open, 4.30pm – The fixed steeplechase barrier at the water-jump in Bukit Gombak stadium is damaged and under-repair by SSC.
  • Event 225 2000mSC Boys U 17, 4.40pm – The fixed steeplechase barrier at the water-jump in Bukit Gombak stadium is damaged and under-repair by SSC.
  • Event 226 3000mSC Mens Open, 4.50pm – The fixed steeplechase barrier at the water-jump in Bukit Gombak stadium is damaged and under-repair by SSC.
  • Event 111 2000m Walk Girls and Women Open, 8am – Due to less than 3 entries were received.
  • Event 215 400m Women Open, 3pm – Due to less than 3 entries were received.
  • Event 323 100m Hurdles (0.762m) Girls U 18, 10.25am – Due to less than 3 entries were received.
  • Event 327 110m Hurdles (0.990m) Men U 20, 1110am – Due to less than 3 entries were received.
  • Event 328 110m Hurdles (1.067m) Men Open, 11.20am – Due to less than 3 entries were received.

Go to “2011 SAA Track & Field Series 1” page »

15th Jan 2011
Posted by Sha
Filed under Interviews, Spotlight

Within our local athletics scene, the mention of the name Kenneth Khoo, athletes and coaches alike will tell you that he’s a quarter-miler specialist.

Synonymous with the 400m event, being that he’s been in the scene for more than a decade, the 28-year-old attributes his longevity in running as a late starter in athletics.

His maiden foray into sprinting only started when he met his first and still his current coach, Melvin Tan, who was a PE teacher then, at Catholic Junior College back in 1999.

From then onwards, the three-time SEA Games seasoned athlete, has followed in the footsteps of his mentor, and is now a PE teacher himself at ACS Barker.

He was part of the 400m resurgence back in the late 90’s, where over the years these bunch of young quarter-milers came of age and achieved the second-best time ever recorded in the 4x400m relay; 3:13.70 at the 2007 SEA Games, just a few seconds trailing behind the national record of 3:10.55.

Currently ranked as the fourth fastest athlete in the 400m event ran by a Singaporean with a time of 47.77 seconds achieved in 2007, Kenneth believes he still have more ‘mileage’ in him.

He is currently training hard to surpass his life-time best during this all-important SEA Games year, and it goes to show that the last thing to age on somebody is their heart.

Name: Kenneth Khoo

Height: 1.73m

Weight: 70kg

Date of Birth: 15 Mar 1982

Coach: Melvin Tan (1999 – present)

Personal Best(s):
100m – 11.11s (All-Comers 2009)
200m – 21.51s (IVP 2007)
400m – 47.77s (Singapore Open 2007)
800m – 1:57.4s (Woodlands Wellington Invitation 2002)


Tell us of your current situation.

I’m currently teaching at Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Rd). It’s one of those jobs that allow me do the things I love, teaching sports and history.


Kenneth romping away to a personal best of 21.51 seconds at the IVP 2007 Championship in the 200m finals (Lane 4, Red White kit and black tights).


How did you get you start in athletics?

I always loved running. Since young, I loved games that involve a lot of running. It’s just a liberating feeling to be able to outrun the other kids and to run around freely. However, I only took up the sport in my junior college days as my secondary school didn’t have an athletics team.


How has your coach helped to develop you all these years.


Coach Melvin Tan captured here at the flag presentation ceremony of Asian Games 2010, held at Catholic High School last November.

Throughout my entire career, I’ve been blessed to be able to train with my current coach, Mr. Melvin Tan. His patience and sincerity, along with his constant drive for self-improvement has helped me achieved so much in the sport since the first day I came to him as a skinny, wide-eyed teenager of 17.

I think words alone cannot describe all the things he has helped me with. But I guess it’s just an amazing privilege to be able to work closely with someone like him for the past decade. He’s not only a great coach to me, but a mentor and a role model off the track as well.


Who do you look up to when you’re starting your maiden journey into athletics? And who do you look up to for inspiration currently?

I had lots of heroes when I was growing with the sport. Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis were just 2 of the many.

But I’ve always been impressed with our very own Mr. Kunalan. He was a role model to me for many reasons. First and foremost, he was a little Singaporean man who achieved great things in the sport, proving that size does not matter. Many of his achievements were also attained over the age of 30 years old as a working adult.

The working-training balance is something I could really relate with and it gives me strength to believe that if someone else could do it, so could I. It’s this idea that he was an great athlete, yet he was someone many people could identify with; that resonated with me. I think you already know most of his achievements. After all, anyone who can run a 48s 400m in his late 30s would most certainly rank very highly on my idols list!


Family, how’s the support level from them? How important do you think is family support.

My parents were initially cautious about my involvement with the sport as they were concerned that it would take me away from my studies. When I convinced them that I could juggle the both adequately, they became more supportive.

In today’s local context, parental support is everything. It’s just great to come down for meets and see parents and relatives cheering themselves hoarse for their kids. This is the kind of atmosphere that would most certainly revive the sport locally. Making difficult educational choices based on sports (e.g. going to sports school, or skipping exams for competitions) will be considerably easier for the athlete if he/she had lots of parental support as well.


Why 400m? Why not the century sprint, or the 200m?

I started out as a 100m runner (like every other sprinter) and I didn’t go very far largely due to my small build then. My coach then convinced me to try the longer sprints as he noticed that I had more endurance than the other sprinters and this could work to my advantage. I’ve stuck to the 400m since then.


Kenneth clocking an impressive 47.77 seconds in the 400m finals of the Singapore Open 2007. (Lane 6, black tights with red white kit).

I love the event due to its all-encompassing nature. It has the dynamism of a sprint event, and yet also possesses the tactical aspect of a distance event. I like the feeling of thinking and making quick decisions during the race. This makes the 400m exciting. Like any other normal human being though, I do not like the lactic acid.

The 100m is way too short. Most sprinters can finish it in one breath. Before you know it, it’s over. The 200m was an event which I grew to love only later on. My coach encouraged me to run some 200m races to get my speed up and also for variety. I still race it now and then but my first love will always be the quarter mile.


Over the years I’m sure you’ve tried every possible running tactics for the 400m. What works for you?

You said it! I tried starting fast, starting slow, sprinting, coasting, every conceivable tactic, I’ve tried it all! But what really works for me is to start at a fast, yet relaxed and comfortable pace, something that lets me get to the first 200m at <23s easily. Then the last 200m is basically about continuing to stay relaxed despite the lactic buildup and bringing it home. When and where I make my move depends on who I’m running with. Don’t you just love tactics and mind games!


What do you think it will take to break the long-standing 400m and 4x400m record?

4-5 dedicated athletes running under 48.5s, and a lot of belief and self-motivation.

I think the biggest problem preventing us from taking that record down is the fact that our very own athletes don’t seem to believe it can be done. A few years back, Singapore had 4 different athletes who ran 47s in 4 successive years. Yet, the 4 of us couldn’t run together in a relay. That remains one of the biggest regrets of my career. But I think it should be a reminder to the next generation of 400m athletes that it can be done.


The national 4x400m squad circa year 2006. They won silver at the Singapore Open, finishing in a time of 3:18.38


Has any injury plague you before?

I’ve never had anything really serious enough to require an operation. But a few injuries to the adductors, and lower back were particularly frustrating. I’ve had a few niggling injuries this year perhaps due to the lack of recovery from juggling working and training.


Do you take care of your nutrition? Your take on supplements and food.

I’ve tried watching my diet now and then but these days, it’s just free for all. There’re a few important nutrition rules I keep like no gorging before endurance workouts. The food simply ends up on the track in processed form.

As for supplements, my advice is to do your own intensive research before consuming. What works for athlete A doesn’t necessarily work for athlete B. I’ve tried some recovery supplements but they don’t seem to have a lot of effect. So I gave up after a while. These days I only take vitamins. Some athletes look to supplements for gaining mass and strength but you have remember, whatever mass and weight you gain, you carry it around the track with you.


Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond sprinting.

I’m basically a history buff. I like to read up on historical stuff, it helps me in my job too!


How do you juggle work and training at the same time? How do you find the balance, or is there no such a thing.

Juggling work and training is a delicate matter and I’ll be honest, it’s not easy. Many good athletes I know have given up due to the fact that they couldn’t train and work at the same time. Going down this path means a lot of sacrifices. I get up at 6, reach school at 7, leave at 5, train till 8-9, have dinner and I only have enough time to sleep when I get home in order to get my 7-8 hours. The only thing that will get you through this punishing schedule is your love for the sport and a lot of discipline and effective time management.

Any athlete who’s going through this balance will tell you he has given up a great deal in order to make it work.


The 3:13.70 timing achieved by the 4x400m national team at SEA Games 2007. They finished in fifth position. (Lane 4, black outfit)


Being a former student-athlete, any advise for the kids who are in that phase currently?

Being in school is the best time to train, believe it or not. A former team mate once told me this, “if you wish to run more, study more”. I can’t emphasise how true these words are for me. If I had done badly for my ‘A’ Levels and was forced to work after NS at 21 years old, I could literally kiss my athletics career goodbye. What gave me such longevity in the sport is the fact that I did a 4-year degree at NUS, followed by a 2-year post-graduate diploma at NIE. I effectively bought 6 more quality years for me to train this way.

Of course there are sacrifices to be made as well. Time management is very important. You’ll have to roster your school hours, training hours, social and study time effectively in order to make this work. Most importantly of course, stick to the routine!

So kids, here’s something that your parents would like to hear, STAY IN SCHOOL!


Share with the readers, some aspects of your training. For example on a weekly basis, plus a short insight on your year long training program.

Generally, Monday is weights day, then Tuesday I’ll be doing sprints, both short and long. Wed is usually a rest. Thursday I resume with longer intervals, followed by another weights cum endurance session on Fri. Sat is back to speed again. Unfortunately, I can’t train as much as I used to due to work commitments, but that’s life I guess.


Kenneth Khoo trying out the blocks before his 100m race.

On an annual basis, depending on when I end the previous season, I’ll usually take a month or 2 off. Just hanging out with friends, travelling or doing things I didn’t have a chance to do when I was training actively. Think it’s important to keep your mind off the sport in order to revive that hunger for the next season. Then I go into pre-season training for about 2 months, working on things like my aerobic base and basic strength, and finally to the specific phase to get my body conditioned to race again.


The life lesson learned from your ban? Do refresh us readers the reason behind the ban itself.

The ban was an interesting chapter in my career. Basically there was some unfairness and confusion with the selection of the 4x400m team in 2005 and we missed the qualifying race for the SEA Games as a result. The national selectors perceived it as some form of protest on our part and we were given a disciplinary hearing and subsequently banned while the SAA (back then) was absolved of all guilt.

The entire episode certainly reinforced my belief that training and selection should always be fair and transparent and that one should always stand up for what you believe in. A lot of unpleasantness could’ve been avoided had there been active effort to engage athletes with a fair selection process.

That being said, it’s been 5 years and all the parties have moved on. Sport after all is about healing rifts and not creating them. If we do not move and continue to bear grudges, we end up placing ourselves as obstacles preventing the sport from moving forwards.


Having been in the scene for a long time now, what kind of legacy would you like to leave behind?

Well, legacy is not a word I’m comfortable with since I haven’t had any major regional accolades to speak of. But one thing I would love to see would be 400m in Singapore evolving and progressing to greater heights. Eventually, both the individual and 4x400m relay records have to go, and soon too!


What was the highlight of your athletic career?

I’ve not had a career laden with regional success and medals, but there were a few highs I could name. Captaining the 4x400m team was one, it was truly an honour to be able to serve your country in this way. I also felt honoured to be able to race with and alongside dedicated team mates like Firdaus, Muthukumar and Shafiq. Our constant competitions have pushed me to become a better athlete.


One of Kenneth recent races last year. The Men’s 400m A Finals – 3rd SDSC Invitational Series Meet 2010, where he clocked 49.54 HT.


Your opinion on the current state of local athletics.

The problem (as I see it) plaguing athletics the past few years was the lack of a transparent selection criterion. This was a major source of discontent for many athletes like me. For a sport like athletics, where timing, distance and height are tangible figures, I find it hard to fathom that we’re unable to nail down a fixed selection criteria to determine the best and whoever is going to represent us at meets. A lot of goodwill was lost over dodgy and shady selections in the past and I think this is one problem the new team has to fix.

Well, the new management team certainly isn’t wasting any time rolling out the changes. Many of new initiatives look exciting and I think they could possibly give athletics a huge shot in the arm. I for one am looking forward to the first ever National Championships!


What’s your upcoming goals?

For now as my work commitments continue to pile up, it’s hard to have any long term plans unfortunately. I have to take it one season at a time. The immediate goal however is still to qualify for the Palembang SEA Games in 2011. I would of course love to continue running the way veteran athletes like Shyam and Chamkaur do.


Are you any closer to qualification for SEA Games 2011 in Indonesia?

With the qualifying mark for SEA Games 2011 set at 3:26min for the 4x400m, it remains to be seen if SNOC or the SAA would revise the timing to make it more challenging. Whatever the case, I think it’s time we stopped finding excuses for ourselves and started challenging seriously for medals as a team.

The 400m qualifying stands at 47.53, one of the slower times in recent years. But that would require a personal best effort on my part, something that I’m currently working hard towards.


Qualifying for SEA Games is on Kenneth’s goal this year


Athletes like you make a lot of sacrifices. Would you like to share with the readers some of them? If given a choice, would you do it all over again same, or perhaps would you venture into another field of sport perhaps?

Yes I’ve put in a lot of sacrifices. Most of the choices I made in my life the past couple of years are structured around athletics (education, work etc.). Would I have it any other way? Of course not! I think athletics has made me a better person in terms of instilling discipline, fortitude and commitment. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the sport and for that, it will always be my passion.

11th Jan 2011
Posted by Sha
Filed under Announcements

Selection is now closed.

In general:

Below is the selection criteria (using SNOC guidelines)

(i) For all South East Asian level “Championships”
3rd Placing THD of the previous edition of that Championship

(ii) For all Asian level “Championships”
6th Placing THD of the previous edition of that Championship


For SEA & Asian x-country Championships (AXCC)

    (i) For SEA & Asian X-country Championships
    Individual: 6th Placing of previous 3 editions (Rationale: Could place in top 10)
    Team: 3rd Placing of previous 3 editions (Rationale: Could be medalist)

Trials for AXCC (for those who want to be considered)

Wednesday, 19th Jan at Bedok Reservoir (Time TBC)

Distances:
Women’s Junior: 6 km;
Women’s Senior: 8 Km;
Men’s Junior: 8 Km;
Men’s Senior: 12 km

Register your interest before 15th Jan, selection is now closed., by emailing c.kunalan@hotmail.com or david_yeo@singaporeathletics@gov.sg.


Selection for this year’s 11th AXCC

Based on IAAF Classifications.

Juniors: 18 & 19 years (but competitions are open to 17 year-olds)

Youths: 16 & 17 Years (Our Sec 4 & JC 1, ITE, Poly)

  Men Junior
8km
Women
Junior
5.7km
Men Senior
11.85km
Women
8km
Team Participation – All 3 runners to
meet
25:20 20:56 36:11 28:28
Individual Event 24:39 19:49 35:22 27:18

How did we arrive at these marks?

We used the Results of the 10th 2010 AXCC

Junior Men (8km) (Total of 43 individuals and 9 Teams)

For Team Participation:
3rd Position: India
Team score for 3rd position: 37 points (Total score of 3 best runners)
Hence, the average position of each runner is 12th or 13th . The time returned at this position has been calculated as the qualifying time i.e 25.20s will be the time our 3 runners must achieve to be included in a team.

For Individual Participation:
6th Position: 24:39.5s.

Junior Women (5.7km) (Total of 24 individuals and 6 Teams)

For Team Participation:
3rd Position: India
Team score for 3rd position: 30 points (Total score of 3 best runners)
Hence, the average position of each runner is 10th . The time returned at this position has been calculated as the qualifying time i.e 20.56s will be the time our 3 runners must achieve to be included in a team.

For Individual Participation:
6th Position: 19:49s

Senior Men (11.85km) (Total of 53 men & 11 teams)

For Team Participation:
3rd Position : India
Team score for 3rd position: 29 points (Total score of 3 best runners)
Hence, the average position of each runner is 10th . The time returned at this position has been calculated as the qualifying time i.e 36.11s will be the time our 3 runners must achieve to be included in a team.

For Individual Participation:
6th Position: 35:22.0s

Senior Women (8km) (Total of 23 women & 5 teams)

For Team Participation:
3rd Position: India
Team score for 3rd position: 31 points (Total score of 3 best runners)
Hence, the average position of each runner is 11th . The time returned at this position has been calculated as the qualifying time i.e 28.28s will be the time our 3 runners must achieve to be included in a team.
Average position: 11th

For Individual Participation:
6th Position: 27:18s


How to register your interest for Overseas Cross Country

You can register your interest before 15th Jan. by emailing c.kunalan@hotmail.com or david_yeo@singaporeathletics@gov.sg.

11th Jan 2011
Posted by Sha

Update #1

A new walk programme is being planned and will be presented in due course. The below May to June race walking clinic & time-trial has been scrapped.

Posted 24th April 4:40PM


In an effort to promote race walking, and talent spotting individuals, SAA will be conducting race walking clinics these coming months.

Aside from our effort to increase the level of awareness of this sport, race walking is in fact a great sport for all ages. Below are details of the future clinics.

Anyone of all ages is welcome to join. We hope to see you at the clinics which are conducted FREE by qualified coaches. No payment are required.

How to join: Do contact Dr. Leong at 98782159, or email L2ssportshealth@yahoo.com if you’ve queries regarding the clinic or race walking.


The Dates

January Coach/Training

09
16
23

Time Trial 30
February Coach/Training

06 Cancelled due to CNY
13 – Sengkang Riverside Park
20 – Sengkang Riverside Park

Time Trial 27 – Sengkang Riverside Park
March Coach/Training

06 – Bukit Gombak Stadium
13 – Bukit Gombak Stadium
20 – Bukit Gombak Stadium

Time Trial. Time-trial postponed and replaced with a Walk Clinic 27 – Bukit Gombak Stadium
April Coach/Training

03 – Kampong Kayu Park
10 – Kampong Kayu Park
17 – Kampong Kayu Park

Time Trial 24 – Kampong Kayu Park
May Coach/Training

08
15
22
Cancelled

Time Trial 29 Cancelled
June Coach/Training

05
12
19
Cancelled

Competition 26 Cancelled

Brief Programme For Walk Clinics

8.00 – 8.15 am Registration & Introduction

BEGINNERS
8.15 – 8.30 am
How To Walk Normally
Contact – Heel Strike
Midstance – Support
Toe-off – Propulsion

8.30 – 8.45 am
How To Walk Fast
Stride Length
Stride Frequency

8.45 – 9.00 am
How To Walk Efficiently
Body Posture
Arm Swing
CG & Overstriding

9.00 – 9.15 am
Race Walking
IAAF Rules

9.15 – 9.30 am
How To Determine
Stride Length
Stride Frequency
Leg Length/Height Ratio

9.30- 10.00 am
Timed Walk

10 -10.15 am
Q&A

ADVANCED
Individual schedules


Coaching Panel

Mr. S Thiagaraja
Mr. M.K.S. Rajanthran
Mr. R. Tanaball
Mr. SN Singam

Note : Venue may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances

Click here for “Race Walking Calendar for 2011” »

9th Jan 2011
Posted by Sha
Filed under Announcements

Dear Athletes & Coaches,

We heard your feedback, we have reviewed and we have made the following amendments:

  1. In our bid to encourage your participation, SAA is reducing the $10.00 per event entry fee adopted from 2010 to $6.00 per event for the new SAA Track & Field Series 2011.
  2. We are reviewing the indemnity/parental consent form and will publish the amended forms on SAA Website by Monday, 10 Jan 2011. Hence, individuals, schools, clubs and organizations facing difficulty to submit the indemnity/parental consent forms, duly completed by their athletes, at point of registration, are allowed to submit the indemnity/parental consent forms on competition day. However, please note that athletes without the completed indemnity/consent forms will not be allowed to participate and their entry fees will be forfeited.
  3. The SAA Cross-Country Championships held on 22 Jan 2011 will be shifted back 30mins with reporting time starting at 1.30pm and the 1st event starting at 3.00pm.
  4. The age categories for the competitions remain the same but have been simplified.

We hope to see you at our first Track and Field Event for 2011 held on 16 & 23 Jan and the SAA Cross-Country Championships held on 22 Jan 2011.

We wish you success in your pursue of athletics excellence.

Thanks.

Warmest Regards,

Hoe Aik Teng (Ms)
Events & Marketing Manager
Singapore Athletic Association

Pages: SAA Track & Field Series Series 1 or 60th SAA Cross Country 2011

Posted by Sha

Our top local varsity athletes recently competed at the Asean University Game, or commonly known as the AUG.

In it’s 15th edition, the top varsity athletes from the ASEAN region converged to Thailand for the celebrated University games, which was between held 15th to 23rd December 2010.

For the sport athletics, our 25-strong Singapore athletes brought back home 12 medals, out of the 42 events that were contested. The events was held at the Main Stadium, Maejo University, Chiangmai.

From the 12 medals, one of it was gold, two were silver, and nine were bronzes.

Our sole gold medal was achieved in the century sprint event, where NUS Economics undergrad Md. Elfi Mustapa won the 100m men’s event with a time of 10.59 seconds (+0.4 m/s), and at the same time became the first Singapore athlete to qualify for 2011 SEA Games, after surpassing the 3rd placing qualifying benchmark of the 100m SEA Games 2009 final, which was 10.61 seconds.

The two silvers came from Sharman Abdul Rahman Dustageer who achieved a season best in the men’s 110m hurdles with a time of 15.28 seconds. While 2007 SEA Games triathlon champion, Mok Ying Ren showed he’s becoming quite the distance runner, by grabbing second spot in the men’s 10,000m event, finishing in a time of 34:38.30. Both are from NUS.

Official AUG website: www.thai2010aug.com

Update: You can view 15th Asean University Game 2010 videos here »

Below is a breakdown of Team Singapore AUG athletes results. Photos are courtesy of Md. Elfi Mustapa and Lance Tan.


Md. Elfi Mustapa – NUS (Economics, Year 3)

100m 1st (10.59s)
4x100m 3rd (40.62s)
4x400m 4th (3:27.30)

AUG was a pretty good experience for me. It was almost a SEA Games prequel, as countries like Thailand and Indonesia send a strong squad earmarked for the SEA Games.

It was pretty much different from the bigger games like the Asian and Commonwealth games, as at the AUG we get to work together with athletes from various schools, and the team bonding was more apparent. It was also befitting as a last race of the season for me.

I won the 100m, came in 3rd for 4x100m and 4th for 4x400m. Going into my 100m events, I knew I had to perform much better than my previous outings in Asian and Commonwealth Games. My coach also gave some advice on ending the season with a high.

What helps a lot was the lack of pressure to perform, I was very relaxed and didn’t have much in mind. My sole aim was to do better than the Asian Games. To win the 100m while equalling my PB of 10.59 seconds is quite a feat for me.

I certainly didn’t see it coming, but it is a great achievement nevertheless. We also did reasonable well in the 4x100m, coming in 3rd with 40.61 seconds. I was also quite happy with the 4x400m, as it is my first time I’m doing that even in an overseas competition.


Md. Amirudin Jamal – NUS (Psychology, Year 3)

100m 4th (10.69s)
4x100m 3rd (40.62s)

I was expecting quite stiff competition and I was proven right.

The presence of the Indonesian national team and some of the Malaysian national team members gave a sneak preview of next year’s SEA Games. I now know how much more effort I’m going to have to put in to do well at the Games next year.

I did pretty decent I suppose. 10.69 seconds for the 100m is a decent time but I had hoped to run better.

40.62 seconds for the 4x100m was not too bad. It was the first time I was passing to Lance Tan (Leg 4) in this line-up but we have to improve on our baton skills if we hope to match up with the other countries.


Gary Yeo – SMU

200m 3rd (22.15s)
4x100m 3rd (40.62s)
4x400m 4th (3:27.30)


Joseph Yuan Weijie – NTU/NIE (Physical Education & Sports Science, Year 2)

200m 5th (22.87s)

The experience was very refreshing for me as it was my first overseas competition and to go for 10 days and see the large difference in standards in track and field really made me think about how our sports industry is not helping athletes enough who are juggling studies and track at the same time.

Therefore its hard to match up to our Asean counterparts. Apart from competiting in a slightly cooler climate, the experience of going as a contingent made the overall experience priceless.

For my first proper 200m race in my life, I did 22.8 seconds.


Lance Tan – NUS (Mechanical Engineering)

400m 7th (50.33s)
4x100m 3rd (40.62s)
4x400m 4th (3:27.30)

The 2010 AUG was definitely memorable for me as my team and I came back with a bronze in the 4x100m with a time of 40.62 seconds.

I ran the anchor leg in the 4x100m as my other team members were the same team that ran at this year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games, so we didnt want to fix what’s not broken. Anything can happen in the relays, and our team was quietly confident we could win. I was 2nd when I received the baton from Amirudin, but I was no match for the Thai’s anchor. All my teammates ran superbly, but it was not to be. Nonetheless, I’m delighted with a medal.

The trainings leading up to AUG was far from ideal, as I strained my hamstring 3 times in a space of 5 weeks. However, I managed to clock a hand-timed 120m in 12.9s just before I left for Chiang Mai, which earned me the place in the 4x100m relay team.

As I could not get my planned speed endurance workouts done, I was not surprise with the medicore timing in the 400m individual race, where I finished 7th in the finals.

I’m also delighted with my good friend and NUS team mate, Elfi, who won gold in the 100m, and gave us the privilege of singing our National Anthem in the stadium. He won Singapore’s only gold.

However there was also a negative moment team Singapore endured during the games – when the women 4x400m withdrew from their finals. It occurred when one starting team member sustained an injury and the reserve did not want to run. Pity as the team could have won the bronze medal.

The organisation at this AUG was not as good as the previous edition, in terms of transportation, food and accomodation. However, I’m certain the host did everything they can to ensure the Games ran smoothly.


Madankumar Balakrishnan – NUS (Electrical Engineering, Year 3)

800m 6th (1:58.79 )
1500m 7th (4:14.01)
4x400m 4th (3:27.30)

The stay there was good. The weather, however, was a little erratic. It was hot when we reached there. When it rained a couple of days later, it was cloudy for 2 days and it became very cool. Then it was back to hot and dry again.

The athletes there were very friendly. Had dinner with some, like the Indonesians, a couple of times in the hotel restaurant while staying there. Mostly ate meals with Singapore athletes I knew. The breakfast was varied. The same can’t be said for lunch and dinner. After a while it became repetitive. There were also performances during dinner for the athletes’ entertainment. The Thai liaison officers attached to us were very helpful during our stay, though they were just students volunteering from the local Chiang Mai universities. Overall, I would say the AUG experience was good.

Racing at AUG meant a lot to me as the level of competition compared to Singapore is higher. I was expecting to do personal bests (PBs) due to that. However, due to the hot and dry weather on my race days, I was unable to perform as well as I would have liked to. It also did not help that I have an injury on my sole which affected training during my exams before the AUG.

I did 1:58.76 for the 800m and came in 6th, for which my PB is 1:57.99. I completed the 1500m in 4:14 and came in 7th. My PB for it is 4:09. I also took part in the 4x400m relay and we finished 4th in a time of 3:27. However, given more chances to race overseas, I believe I can do much better.


Kuan Yong Oon – NTU (Physical Education and Sports Science, Year 4)

800m 7th (2:03.46)
1500m 8th (4:27.05)

AUG was an eye-opening experience as it was my first time running with some of the top middle-distance runners from other South-east Asia countries.

I didn’t run well for my 800m. I was feeling too anxious at the start. Ran way too fast for the first 200m and I was unable to keep up the pace for the second lap.


Sharman Abdul Rahman Dustageer – NUS (Mechanical Engineering)

110m Hurdles 2nd (15.28s)
400m Hurdles 4th (58.86s)

Well I must say it was an eye opening experience competiting in a different country with a different climate, Chiang Mai was alot cooler than Singapore and the air was definitely drier.

And I felt the experience of competing overseas changes the dynamics of the competition. Alot more adrenaline inducing and nerve wrecking.

Especially when I saw the other competitors from Thailand Indonesia and Malaysia who I must say are really quite exceptional. But I learnt alot too from the members of the AUG team who were national athletes like Amir, Elfi, Gary and Valerie. Especially from Amir in terms of race preparations psychologically and physically.

In terms of how they approached the competition. Overall I thought it was a good experience, fun yet a more complete competition experience.

For my races, I got 2nd for my 110 hurdles and 4th for 400m hurdles.


Mok Ying Ren – NUS

5km 4th (15:49.10)
10km 2nd (34:38.30)


Aaron Meng – NUS (Medicine, Year 5)

5km 7th (16:20.39)
10km 3rd (34:42.99)

I think the AUG was a rewarding experience. The trip was relatively well organized, we got to stay for the entire games so we had ample recreational time.

The Thai people were friendly and accommodating. It was also great to get to know the various athletes from the other universities and to cheer for each other as a Singapore contingent after competing against each other during IVP.

The level of competition was strong and we got to interact with athletes from neighboring countries who have competed and achieved at higher levels.

Many of us had to train through the examination period in November, so this trip also sort of serve as a reward for the hard work we put in for the past few months.

As for my results, I came in 7th for 5km and 3rd for 10km.


Weiqiang Jayanta Ng – NUS

3000m Steeplechase 8th (11:07.23)


Ronnie Cai – SIM (Business, Year 2)

High Jump 3rd (1.95m)

The experience in AUG was great. Its my first visit to Chiangmai. I expected the weather to be cold but to my surprise it’s pretty hot with cold wind.

The organizers in Thailand was fantastic. We are warmly welcome by them from the moment we step out of the Chiangmai international airport.

There were banners and posters everywhere in support of the Games. From the opening to the closing ceremony of the games, it was very well done.

The Thai people are very friendly and helpful. One of the tuk tuk uncle even came to support us during the competition! I was given the honour to be the contingent’s flag bearer, I got to thank SIM for the support.

The competition level was good. There was a SEA Games bronze medalist taking part in my event. I thought it will be good competition for me. I started well clearing 1.85m first attempt, 1.90m at second attempt and 1.95m first attempt.

I failed all three attempts at 2.00m. I was rather disappointed that only my ankle touches the bar in my last attempt.


Weide Toh – NUS (Mechanical Engineering, Year 4)

Shot Put 4th (12.54m)
Discus 4th (41.13m)

This is my second AUG. Thailand has always been a great place for competition and this AUG in Chiang Mai is no difference.

My Discus event is on the second last day of the game. Being there for eight days before the event is no easy task, considering getting proper training area and weights is not easily available.

I got both fourth for Discus and Shotput. My distance isn’t that bad, I guess the competitors are stronger compared to the last AUG in KL.

This might be my last AUG as I am graduating, I can’t say I did very well for this meet, but definitely a milestone in my track and field career to be remembered.


Chee Hun Dominic Chan – SMU (Accountancy, Year 1)

Pole Vault 3rd (4.40m)

The AUG was pretty awesome! I was absolutely thrilled to have been given the oppourtunity to wear the nations colours and compete. Especially since I had a holiday planned way ahead and could not travel with the team.

I really enjoyed meeting athletes from the rest of SEA and soaking in the culture of Chiangmai, Thailand. The locals were so friendly, served great food and sold cheap stuff too.

I had to watch my diet and made sure I put in some training sessions while on holiday and it paid off. I managed a new personal best of 4.40m in the pole vault and also clinched 3rd.

The only blemish was that I snatched the bronze from my pole vault buddy Chong Mingxun. For my event, the 2ndm 3rd and 4th positions all cleared 4.40m, and we narrowly missed out on the silver based on count-back.


Ming Xun Chong

Pole Vault 4th (4.40m)


Teo Hui Juen – NUS

Javelin 3rd (38.41m)
Shot Put 3rd (9.93m)


Amanda Choo – NTU/NIE (Physical Education & Sports Science, Year 4)

100m 7th (12.32s)
4x100m 4th (47.23s)

AUG was a great experience overall because the place was beautiful, the competition was keen and the team got along pretty well with each other.

I’ve been on many trips last year (2010) either alone or with only a few people and always went later or left earlier, so it’s nice to have a team to train with while I’m there.

As for how I did, I’m currently down with a glutes/nerve problem down my left leg and that affected my race quite a bit.

But considering that I ran with the injury and clocked 12.35s I’m pretty satisfied with it. The relay team also ran well despite hitches in our passing and take off and very few trainings together. So that’s really a good start.


Melanie Francisca – NUS (Political Science, Year 3)

100m 8th (12.78s)
4x100m 4th (47.23s)

The AUG experience this time around was quite good. Compared to to the previous AUG in KL, the stadium and all the facilities in Chiang Mai were on a much smaller scale as compared to KL 2 yrs ago. But everything was well run and the field of athletes were pretty strong.

I didn’t win medal at AUG but I did achieved a Personal Best in the 100m despite not having done that event at IVP. It was quite a strong field. 6 of the athletes in the final went below 12 seconds and only me and Amanda Choo were running above 12 seconds.

It was quite intimidating but I think that helped me to push myself. I also didn’t really run well in the heats. I did a really horrible timing of 13.07s and just barely qualified. It was partly because I didn’t warm-up properly in the cold weather. But I learnt my lesson and made sure I was warm and ready for the finals.

For the 4x100m we finished 4th. Alot of the runners from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand were all doing around 11 seconds so we really had to fight. We also only met up a few times to practice our passing as everyone was busy with exams before AUG, so given all of this, I think the run went quite well but of course, there’s always room for improvement.

For the 4x400m we had to pull-out on race day as one of our athletes pulled a hamstring.


Dipna Lim Prasad – NTU (Sports Science and Management, Year 1)

200m 3rd (24.61s)
4x100m 4th (47.23s)

AUG was a good experience, it was (only) my second overseas trip of the year, and my first one with all the University team, so it was fun getting to know more people. I think i did pretty good considering I got a new personal best for the 200m.


Valerie Seema Pereira – NTU (Sports Science and Management, Year 1)

200m 5th (24.93s)
4x100m 4th (47.23s)

AUG was a fun experience. Most of us already knew each other each from training, from competing together before or from being in the same schools so it was fun with such a big group of us.

We had quite a number of days there so we could also enjoy Chiang Mai apart from just competing. The people were nice and the weather too on the days it wasn’t so hot.

The competition was pretty good as well. The winners for the 100m and 200m for girls clocked pretty good timings. So overall AUG was a good experience!


Nikita Sharda – NTU (Sports Science and Management, Year 1)

400m 6th (1:02.15)

It was a real eye-opening experience, it being my first overseas competition. It gave me a chance to evaluate my performance & where I stood amongst the ASEAN competitors. I got to learn about the different kinds of training employed in some countries.

As for my race, I believe I could have done better in my 400m. I came in 6th in my finals.


Sharon Yeo – NUS (Economics, Year 4)

100m Hurdles 4th (16.33s)

AUG was a good experience for me because I got to try a new event 100m hurdles. Also, it was fun to interact and bond with the other athletes. Its my last AUG so I’m glad that it was an enriching experience.

I came in 4th in my event 100m hurdles. The timing was nothing great but I gained a lot of experience since its only my third 100m hurdles race.


Sumiko Tan – NTU/NIE (Physical Education & Sports Science, Year 4)

5km 7th (21:15.82)
10km 4th (43:47.54)

The AUG experience was great. The cohesion of 11 countries was simply something an eye opener for me. It was a great opportunity to not only be able to view the elites of other countries competing, but also to have the chance to race with them.

These athletes not only are great performer, but they are also able to share their training strategies and training program with us. AUG also helped us to create better bonding among our own country athletes.

The rooming of 3 athletes in a room somehow also created chances for people of different backgrounds to get to know one another better and also learn to live and accommodate with each other living styles. It was overall a good experience.

My performance at the AUG was not that great for my 10km race. I came in 4th with a timing of 43.47 mins, about 1 mins and 20 seconds away from my personal best timing during my time trial in Singapore about 2 months back. It was not an excellent timing. The race was ran mostly alone as the first girl was too far ahead (who was the SEA Games gold medalist) and the second and third girl started off very fast. I was about 80m away from the 3 rd position.

As for the 5km which was held on the day after the 10km race, I did relatively fine; 21.15 mins though, I was also off my personal best timing. I was not very satisfied with my performances at the AUG.


Michelle Liying Chay – NUS

5km 6th (20:57.80)
10km 5th (44:42.93)


Michelle Sng – SMU

High Jump 3rd (1.60m)

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