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Posted by Sha
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Update #17

You can view photos of National Schools at:

Posted 25th April 11:59PM

Update #16

There was one new Championship records today:

  1. 400m Hurdles ‘A’ Boys – Timothee Yap Jin Wei, 54.80s, read report »

Posted 25th April 11:59PM

Update #15

Result up to Day 8 have been posted at SSSC website. Note, Day 2 results is finally added:

Posted 25th April 11:37PM

Update #14

All videos from Day 8 is uploaded. I didn’t record the shot put event. Videos are reproduced here with permission from SSSC.

Posted 25th April 11:33PM

Update #13

There was one new Championship records today:

  1. Discus ‘A’ Girls – Chan Zhi Xuan, 38.60m, read report »

Posted 21st April 10:25PM

Update #12

Result up to Day 7 have been posted at SSSC website:

Posted 21st April 10:23PM

Update #11

I’ve managed to upload all videos I’ve taken from Day 4 to Day 7. Videos are reproduced here with permission from SSSC.

Posted 21st April 10:22PM

Update #10

There were five new Championship records today:

  1. 400m ‘A’ Boys – Ng Chin Hui, 48.98s, read report »
  2. 100m hurdles ‘B’ Girls – Jannah Wong. 14.85s, read report »
  3. Shot Put ‘A’ Boys – Wong Kai Yuen, 17.68m, read report »
  4. 110m hurdles ‘A’ Boys – Ang Chen Xiang, 14.45s, read report »
  5. 800m ‘A’ Boys – Zachary Ryan Devaraj, 1:57.10, read report »

Posted 20th April 11:56PM

Update #9

Result up to Day 6 have been posted at SSSC website:

Posted 20th April 11:48PM

Update #8

Day 6 videos AM & PM session is currently being uploaded. Videos are reproduced here with permission from SSSC.

Posted 20th April 11:41PM

Update #7

Timothee Yap Jin Wei of HCI broke the 400 Metres Hurdles (A-Boys) record in his heat earlier today. He ran 55.15 seconds, improving the old mark by Shafiq Kashmiri, 55.98 seconds set in 2002.

Posted 19th April 9:49PM

Update #6

Result up to Day 5 have been posted at SSSC website:

Posted 19th April 9:46PM

Update #5

I’m currently uploaded Day 5 videos AM & PM session. Videos are reproduced here with permission from SSSC.

Posted 19th April 9:45PM

Update #4

Seow Yeong Yang equals 400m ‘A’ division boys record in the semifinals. Read report.

Posted 18th April 11:59PM

Update #3

  1. Pole Vault ‘B’ Boys – Chan Sheng Yao, 4.38m, read report »
  2. Sean Lim Zi Qing from Hwa Chong Institution breaks the Championship and National record in the ‘B’ Boys pole vault. Read report.

Posted 18th April 11:56PM

Update #2

I’ve so far posted videos from Day 4. Not all events were recorded. Videos are reproduced here with permission from SSSC.

Posted 18th April 11:53PM

Update #1

Result up to Day 4 have been posted at SSSC website:

Posted 18th April 11:43PM

Meet Info

Date: 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, and 27 April 2011

Time: AM & PM session

Location: Choa Chu Kang Stadium

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Posted by Sha
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Seow Yeong Yang looks composed before his 49.35 seconds 400m lifetime best run

Seow Yeong Yang from Raffles Institution on Day 4 of the 52nd National Inter School Track & Field Championships 2011 yesterday, equalled the 400m ‘A’ Division Boys record during the semi finals.

The 18-year-old clocked 49.35 seconds, equalling Millennia Institute’s Shalindran Sathiyanesan 2008 record-breaking feat.

It was no surprise however that the RI student athlete was in scintillating form. He was clocked twice running a sub-49 seconds for his splits in the recent 4x400m relays during SPH Relays, and the SEA Games time-trial.

Yeong Yang, who is currently in JC year 2, now goes into the finals of his 400m event this coming Wednesday, as the fastest qualifier.

His timing of 49.35 also betters the current season-best ran by a Singaporean this year which previously stood at 49.42 seconds by his fellow schoolmate Ng Chin Hui.

Coached by national relays squad coordinator, Melvin Tan, he has a daunting task ahead of him as the finals line-up includes fellow teammate Ng Chin Hui, 2010 ‘B’ Boys 400m champion, and Anglo-Chinese Junior College’s R. Avinash, last year ‘A’ Boys 400m defending champion.

Seow Yeong Yang’s 49.35 seconds 400m run

Go to 52nd National Schools 2011 page »

Posted by Sha
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Height: 172cm

Weight: 60 kg

D.O.B: 05/07/1993

Coach: David Yeo

He promised to break the men’s pole vault record, and duly delivered.

Sean Lim Zi Qing soared to new heights at the 52nd National Inter School Track & Field Championships 2011 today, where he re-wrote the 18-years-old men’s pole vault record to a new mark of 4.80 meters, pending ratification by SAA.

The old record which stood at 4.66 meters was set in 1993 by Mok Hay Foo, was shattered twice by Sean during his event.

The registered height also sets a new mark for the National Schools Boys ‘A’ Division, national junior and under-19 boys; the last two records pending ratification by SAA.

His last attempt gunning for the national record back in March at the 37th Singapore Junior Athletic Championships didn’t go down too well.

But the 17-year old was back with a vengeance and was on form earlier today. He attempted the height of 4.69 meters on his first-try and erased the record with room to spare.

Sean then set the bar height to 4.80 meters, and after a confident run-up he cleared again, much to the delight of the crowds in the stands.

The Asian Youth Games 2009 bronze medalist boldly increased another eleven centimeters to the bar. If he had succeed, he would be ranked joint second in the Southeast Asian region men’s pole vault ranking for the year 2010-2011, becoming the third athlete to clear 5.00 meters height.

Currently Thailand’s Kreetha Sinthawacheewa who is also the defending champion for men’s pole vault SEA Games is seeded first in the 2010/2011 pole vaulter rankings with a height of 5.22 meters.

But to his dismay, Sean faltered in his last three attempts to clear 5.00 meters.

Wearing the red and yellow colors of Hwa Chong Institution vest, at the end of his pole vault session, pump-fisting and brimming with a smile ear to ear, he was nonetheless delighted with his record breaking feat.

Video: Sean Lim 4.69m, then 4.80m record attempt

Go to 52nd National Schools 2011 page »

Posted by Sha
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Date: 30 Mar – 12 Apr

Location: Bishan Stadium

Official website: http://www.schoolsports.sg/spssc/track_and_field


Results courtesy of SPSSC:


Videos are of Final Day events only:

New Records

600 Metres Wong Hong Ming GWP 01:42.25 Finals

80 Metres Hurdles Joshua Chua Hanwei GSP 00:12.66 Heats
80 Metres Hurdles Joshua Chua Hanwei GSP 00:12.43 Finals

600 Metres Shanmugam Ajay Elijah AMK 01:52.69 Heats
600 Metres Shanmugam Ajay Elijah AMK 01:52.28 Finals

600 Metres Xie Qixuan Jalyn SBP 02:03.58 Finals
600 Metres Heng Wei Qing GSP 02:05.35 Finals

80 Metres Hurdles Vanessa Low Si Ying NYP 00:12.99 Heats
Long Jump Low Seow Ting SBP 4.50 ER – Finals
Long Jump Vanessa Low Si Ying NYP 4.67 Finals

200 Metres Ismi Zakiah Binte Kashful Anwar CPS 00:28.58 S/Finals
80 Metres Hurdles Tia Louise Rozario NYP 00:13.64 Heats

100 Metres Lyzette Yeboah-Kyeremeh PHP 00:14.48 Finals

Posted by Sha
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Coaches and athletes interested for the below overseas competition, please register your interest by the stipulated date below. Any entries after the stated time will not be entertained.

Contact [email protected] to register your interest.

Apr 22-25 : Thai Open 2011
8 athletes & 2-3 officials
Final entries 15 Apr (Friday) at 12.00pm.
Thai Open 2011 Schedule Downloaded [download#476#hits] times

May 26 – 28 : Taiwan Open 2011, Kaohsiung City
10 athletes & 2-3 officials
Final Entries 19 Apr (Tuesday)

Go to “2011 Competitions & Training Camps” page »

12th Apr 2011
Posted by Sha

Singapore Athletic Association is pleased to announce that coach and national athlete Asmah Hanim, has been awarded International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Solidarity Programme scholarship for studies at Semmelweis University, in Budapest, Hungary.

Course Website: International Coaching Course

Nominated by SAA from a list of applicants, Asmah Hanim was selected for her ability, potential and staunch commitment to the development of Singapore athletics.

The 26-year-old took a hiatus from her researcher job to undertake this prestigious 3-months diploma course which started in the first week of April.

Apart from her coaching duties, she’s also an integral part of SAA committee. Currently occupying the post of Honorary Assistant Secretary, this reporter managed to contact her in Hungary for updates on her course.

Q) Care to share with the readers what ICC is, and details of the scholarship.

Asmah: Firstly I would like to thank SAA and SNOC for the opportunity.

ICC stands for International Coaching Course. It is a 3 month intensive, intermediate level course held by Semmelweis University.

The scholarship I got is by Olympic Solidarity, IOC. It offers applicants access to high level further training, experience and knowledge, which they will then use to benefit the respective national sports structures.

Q) What are your plans for imparting the knowledge that you’ve learned from the program?

Asmah: Important thing is to learn as much from the course and will look into ways to impart these knowledge eventually, be it through coaching, sharing sessions etc.

Q) Juggling work and training, plus being on the SAA committee, and now away overseas for the course, I’m sure can get pretty hectic.

Asmah: I saw this as a great opportunity and it is an interest I wish to pursue. Quitting my job was the inevitable since a compromise couldn’t be reached and I did not want to be unfair to the organisation I was working for.

Daily routine consists of training before work, work and training after. It is hectic and sometimes I wonder where I get the energy to do the things I do but I guess when you find the tasks you are doing meaningful, somehow you just find ways to make it happen.

Q) What do you look forward to when you’re at the course.

Asmah: I’m just excited at the thought of being a student again, the opportunity to learn new things, friends to be made and of course, if time permits, a new place to explore!

Currently lesson proper has started. There are 6 of us for Athletics, out of 40 plus for this course. The participants are from far reaches of the globe, from India, Tanzania, Mauritius, Maldives, Zambia, Antigua, St Kitts & Nevis, Dominican Republic, Sri Kanka, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Oman.

I’m the only Singaporean.

There are 8 modules which are examinable and today we started lessons for 2 of those. After lessons for the module end, we will have the exams for the respective modules.

Q) In your opinion, does our local coaches has what it takes to bring the most out of our athletes?

Asmah: Of course. Some of our local coaches are already doing so. However, even though their respective methods might work, opportunities for upgrading and keeping an open mind towards new coaching/training methods will be good too.

Q) Currently being away from Singapore, what are you missing the most?

Asmah: Food!

Hello from Hungary, Budapest

Mr. K shares Asmah’s first week experience whilst in Hungary at the recent SAA gathering.

Coaches, please sign-up to SAA mailing list to keep in the loop for the next application for the ICC scholarship.

Posted by Sha

Update #1

Entries is now closed for this course.

Posted 22nd April 10:34PM


The IAAF is inviting one (1) candidate from Singapore to attend the above mentioned course to be conducted from 21st May 2011 to 03rd June 2011 at IAAF-RDC-Jakarta.


The Candidate must have attended and passed the IAAF old Level I at least, within the last 2 years, still actively coaching and who would like to concentrate on Throw Events

Candidates wishing to apply must submit to SINGAPORE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION the following documents, not later than 20th April 2011:

a) IAAF Level I Certificate
b) CV
c) Photo copy of valid passport

Submission can be done via e-mail or by-post addressed to :

The General Manager
#01-10, SINGAPORE 737912


E-mail address:[email protected]

11th Apr 2011
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Posted by Sha

The second “SAA Parents, Athlete, Coaches Gathering” was held on 9th April, Saturday, at the S’pore Sports School.

It was a session where the SAA presented progress report, our future plans & initiative. It’s an informal interaction with all the stakeholders who plays a part in the development of Singapore Athletics.

SAA President, Mr. Tang Weng Fei giving his opening address to the audience below.

Mr. Tang Speech

Pinnacle ProSport

At the “SAA Parents, Athlete, Coaches Gathering”, Mr.K touched on SAA recent collaboration with Pinnacle ProSport. Headed by former an ex-national sprinter, Frankie Lee, the sports talent management company will handle our national athletes professionally.

Official Press Release: http://www.singaporeathletics.org.sg/pinnacle-prosports

Cheque Presentation

One of SAA new initiatives is to setup our very own carding system. Also those breaking national record will be presented with incentives.

Recipients: Melvin Tan, Elfi Mustapa, Dipna Lim Prasad, Slava Vassiliev, Ng Kean Mun, Ming Xun Chong, Dominic Chan

SAA Carding System: http://www.singaporeathletics.org.sg/athletes#saa-carding

Mr. K Progress Report

Mr. K report progress at the gathering includes:

1. Fill up SAA athlete/coaches database (At 00:40 minute)
2. Overseas competition (At 01:17 minute)
3. Selection Criteria, Co-Payment scheme (At 03:15 minute)
4. Relay squad (At 05:37 minute)
5. Training Camps (At 07:28 minute)
6. Rachel Yang (At 10:34 minute)
7. SAA Carding (At 11:29 minute)
8. Training Course (At 12:37 minute)
9. Asmah Hanim (At 14:11 minute)
10. IAAF Courses (At 15:58 minute)

Sports Science

C.Kunalan explains the Science Behind The Sport.

Dr. Leong Talk

Dr. Leong from race-walking explains foot biomechanics & foot injuries

Watch Part 2 of Dr. Leong talks here.

Go to “SAA Parents, Athletes, Coaches Gathering” page »

Posted by Sha

Update: Zachary’s 1:54.14 timing is a new youth boys record pending ratification, and not the under-17 Boys record. S.Pandian still holds the Under-17 boys 800m record. We apologise for the mixup.

At the last edition of the SAA Track and Field Series 3, 16-year-old Zachary Ryan Devaraj lowered the long standing 800 meters Under-17 Boys record.

The ACS (Independent) student erased the 28-year-old mark held by S.Pandian from 1:54.3 to 1:54.14, pending ratification from SAA.

His feat places him sixth on the fastest 800m all-time list ran by a Singaporean.

Not only Zachary is an established 800m runner, he’s also quite accomplished in the distance events. The Youth Olympic Game athlete was last year ‘B’ Division National Inter-School Cross-Country Championship champion.

His talent is not only restricted to middle distance events, this up-and-coming athlete who was previously singled out by Wilson Kipketer as a potential champion, Zachary showed much promise in the quarter-miler event too.

He was part of the ASEAN School 4x400m relay team that won bronze last year. The 3:20 minute timing set by these schoolboys was the fastest time set by a Singapore team last season.

Below is a profile of Zachary’s expected pursuit of success.

Height: 1.73m

Weight: 55kg

Date of Birth: 7/10/1994

Current School: ACS (Independent)

Previous School: Fairfield Methodist Primary School

Coaches: Mrs Margaret Teo (2004 -2007), Mr Loh Chan Pew (2007-2009) & Mr Elangovan (2010 to now)

Personal Best:

  • 800m – 2nd Apr 2011 (SAA Series 3) 1:54:14
  • 1000m – 22 Aug 2010 (YOG) 2:31:75
  • 1500m– 16th Jul 2010 (Asean Schools KL) 4:06:11

Q) Did your training & trial-runs gives any indication that you might be running such a fast time?

Zachary: Yes, I was training to go below 1:56. However I did not have any time trials but I was very focused in my target to go below 1:56.

Q) After the run, did you realise you just ran an excellent 800m race, that you’ve just set a new u-17 record?

Zachary: As I approached the finishing line I realised that it was a very good timing. I had to wait for the official time to know I had set the U-17 record. I knew this as I kept track of the records for the 800m event. My coach gave me list of all the records last year as a motivation, and wants me to train hard to break them. I am just happy and relieved to go below 1:56.

Watch Zachary Ryan Devaraj ran a lifetime best in the 800m at last weekend SAA T&F Series 3. His 1:54.14 timing was enough to erase the under-17 800m Boys record and marks his the fastest Singaporean this season over the distance.

Q) What was your pre-race running tactics going into your record breaking run? Did you managed to stick to it, or did you deviate?

Zachary: I must thank my training partner, Md. Feroz Shah for setting me up for the first lap. He set the pace for 56 seconds for lap one. My job was just to draft him closely behind for the first 400m. At about 450m, Feroz moved aside for me to keep the pace going until the very end. I sticked to my race plan throughout. I didn’t deviate. Although the last 50m was a struggle, I was very focused to keep going. I must share this victory with Feroz.

Q) What did your coach feedback to you after your race?

Zachary: Mr Elangovan said it was a good run. He was very happy with my first lap time as I managed a 56 seconds, for which I usually am not confident to do in races.

Q) What are your plans and goals for the future?

Zachary: Short-term, I am looking forward to my dream to race with the best at World Youth 2011 in July in France. I HOPE to qualify for the semi-final there. That’s my biggest target this year. Long-term wise for the future, perhaps in six years time I wish to win a medal at the SEA Games.

Q) What are your thoughts and expectation for your upcoming National Schools Championship?

Zachary: My goal for Nationals is to win the 800m and 1500m. I am not really looking for a good time but the main aim is to be the first. It will not be easy as all the athletes would be very well prepared for this. Anyone can spring a surprise and record a better time too. But I will prepare myself for such an uphill challenge. It will not be for individual glory but to bring glory for my school.

Zachary Ryan Devaraj at the recent SAA Cross Country 2011. He finished second in his age category.

Q) Ever thought of ever becoming a quarter-miler?

Zachary: Actually I started with the 400m event when I was in Primary 4 but the 800m has become my pet event now. I do not train especially for the 400m events. Its a good question. Why not, who knows perhaps maybe in the future I could give 400m a shot. I do also enjoy running in the 4x400m relay as its a wonderful feeling to run as a team. We had a great time in the Asean Schools 2010 achieving the 4x400m boys bronze.

Q) How supportive has your family has been in supporting your athletics endeavors.

Zachary: I was introduced to running by my family. Sometimes as a family we run, that’s how close we are. The five of us in the family ran in Standard Chartered Marathon last year. I’m blessed with all the support from my family, ACS (Independent), SAA, my coach, friends and running buddies. My parents shows their support by fetching me to all training sessions, attending my races, prepare my meals, etc. I truly believe I will not be where I am today without the support of so many behind me.

Q) Any advise to student athletes out there.

Zachary: Most of the time I train six times a week. Sometimes I am delayed in training or have to miss a training session as I was dismissed late from school. Of course its a struggle to balance studies and workout sessions, and with that I have to make many sacrifices. Since I am in Year 5 this year, studies now come first for me. Since I have less time to train I make every session a quality one and give my best always.

8th Apr 2011
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