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First FINA World Swimming Coaches Conference to be held in Singapore 

Michael Bohl among the list of Beijing Gold Medal winning coaches at inaugural conference

Singapore, 30 December - Singapore will add another first to its list of sporting credentials by hosting the first ever FINA World Swimming Coaches Conference at the Marina Mandarin Hotel from 15 - 17 January next year. The confirmed list of coaches speaking at the conference include Michael Bohl (coach of Stephanie Rice), Rohan Taylor (coach of Leisel Jones), Mark Schubert (Head Coach of Team USA), Alan Thompson (Head Coach of Team Australia), Norimasa Hirai (Coach of Kosuke Kitajima) and other coaches of medal winning swimmers at the Beijing Olympics.

"We expect this Conference to have a very positive impact on the global development of competitive swimming, by providing a unique chance for the world’s top coaches to share their expertise with counterparts from so many FINA National Federations. We are excited about this important gathering - the first main FINA event of 2009 - and hope the FINA National Federations will find it both interesting and valuable for their training goals. Participants will be treated to insightful presentations and discussions from those who guided some of our stars to Olympic gold medals. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore Swimming Association for acting as hosts," said Mustapha Larfaoui, President, FINA.

This inaugural conference is organised by the Singapore Swimming Association, supported by the Singapore Sports Council and sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA). Taking place over three days, attending delegates will include Presidents and Directors of Coaching from the 197 National Federations, as well as IOC Representatives, FINA President, Bureau Members and international media. The invited coaches to the conference will speak on the preparation and planning involved in the success of their respective swimmers while FINA Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu, will also be sharing with attending delegates FINA’s executive plan and strategy from 2009 to 2013.

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Unsung Heroes of the Volvo Ocean Race

With a slogan “Life at the Extreme” and a competition spanning across oceans among fiercely competitive teams, it is no wonder the Volvo Ocean Race has drawn the attention of millions worldwide. This is the first time the race includes a route through Asia, as well as a first for Singapore, as a stopover.

The race is currently on its third leg and has seen one of the closest fights for the lead, with four teams, Telefornica Blue, Team Puma Ocean Racing, Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 all docking within 20 minutes of each other. Ericsson 4 commands the lead for the overall standings, with the winners of the third leg Telefornica Blue coming in second, and Team Puma Ocean Racing coming in third.

While the onboard crew members take a two week hiatus from the competition, it’s a non-stop work period of another group of people. These unsung heroes of the competition are the members of the onshore crew. They are the ones who are in-charge of taking the boat apart and checking and repairing any damages attained. Team Puma’s onshore crew starts work at 7am and ends at 8pm daily, preparing the boats for the next leg of the competition.

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Peach and Mango Smoothie

½ mango, chopped

1 cup low-fat milk
 
½ cup canned sliced peaches, drained and chopped

2 tablespoons low-fat plain yoghurt

1 tablespoon skim milk powder

2 teaspoons honey

2 ice-cubes

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Aqua Aerobics Makes A Splash!

Are you praying to the stars to possess the lithe muscles of Brad Pitt or the svelte form of Angelina Jolie, without aggravating your feeble joints, or breaking into a stinky sweat? You might have just found your answer in Aqua Aerobics!

 

Performed in a pool where movements are synched with some upbeat music, no swimming skills are required for this fun and easy sport. You will usually be in an extended position and will be able to touch the ground. There are also two types of workouts available- shallow-water or deep-water, that you can choose to participate in.

 

Shallow-water aerobics takes place in mid-chest level water where your body is protected from impact but still has enough weight and leverage to control your movements. Deep-water aerobics, on the other hand, gives added resistance and protection to your body underwater and allows you to engage more muscle mass.

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Grooming of Sports Media Talent Among the Youths

“Ho! Ho! Ho!”

You might be wondering  what Santa Claus is doing at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) Learning Centre at 10 am in the morning. Well, fret not because it’s not Santa getting the dates mixed up. It’s just the participants of the Sports Presenters camp doing their vocal warm ups.

 It’s the last camp of the year, bringing the number of camps held to a grand total of three. Another three camps will be conducted next year, before the real training commences. Aspiring sports presenters are given the chance to strut their stuff in front of the camera and their recordings will be judged by the panel of judges. Participants selected will be separated into three categories, hosts, commentators and announcers for YOG 2010.

The three judges who make up the panel are Director of Sports, Mr. Patrick Lee, sports journalist Mr. Suresh Nair and veteran sports presenter Mr. Mark Richmond. Having conducted the camp, Mr. Richmond believes Singapore has talent. He said, “There is standard, they just need the opportunities.”

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OCA confident in Singapore’s ability to host the first ever Asian Youth Games

The transfer of knowledge and experience will be valuable to SAYGOC in the organising of Asian Youth Games

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) have begun lending a helping hand to Singapore as the Lion City prepares itself for the first ever Asian Youth Games in 2009.

From 18 to 19 December 2008, a five-man strong team of OCA presenters, led by Mr. Manuel Silverio, Chairman, OCA Media Committee & Chairman, Macau 2007 Asian Indoor Games Organising Committee were in Singapore to share their knowledge in areas such as Overall Games Services and Media and TV.

Others in the OCA team included Mr. Abdulla Al-Mulla, Member, OCA Coordination Committee & Director, Protocol and International Relations, Doha 2006 Asian Games Organising Committee, and Mrs. Isabel Da Silva, Member, OCA Women’s Committee & Director, International Affairs, Promotion and Marketing, Macau 2007 Asian Indoor Games Organising Committee.

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 OCBC Bank in Historic Partnership with Singapore Sports Council and Singapore Amateur Cycling Associationto Develop Talent Pool of Road Cyclists

Structured talent identification and development programme a first for the local cycling fraternity 

17 December, 2008, Singapore - OCBC Bank, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and the Singapore Amateur Cycling Association (SACA) today announced a one-year partnership to train and develop a pool of talented cyclists who will represent Singapore at major Games. The team will be sponsored by OCBC Bank and trained by the SSC and SACA.    

The first two members of the OCBC Singapore Cycling Team were introduced today with the aim of recruiting a team of eight cyclists by the first quarter of 2009.   

This significant partnership is the first structured talent identification and development programme involving a corporate organisation, the SSC, and the national sports association for cycling (SACA) in Singapore. This follows on the heels of the launch of OCBC Cycle Singapore a month ago as well as the recent announcement of the inclusion of road cycling in the programme for the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos, next year...

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SINGAPORE U-19 WOMEN'S BEAT CHINA BY 4 WKTS

After a rusty start to the tournament, the Singapore girls opened their account with a win over China. Both the teams started of with a loss and a must needed win will give them hope to stay alive in the tournament. China had the first glory when they won the toss and elected to bat first on a fairly good pitch which favours batting, but only managed to score 74 for 8 in the allotted 25 overs. Once again, the Singapore team helped the opposition by donating 43 runs as extras (33 wides). It was no difference to the previous game that the Singapore bowlers strayed in their line. Fortunately there were breakthroughs in a regular interval which made the Chinese team boggle down to 74 runs. Yu Miao (13) and Lu Ying (7) were among the contributors. Vritti Sethi and Tania Sen took 2 wickets each for Singapore.

Chasing a target of 75 runs for victory, Singapore started with well as Vigneshwari and Priya Jain scored 17 and 12 runs respectively. In the end, Singapore raised to the score in 16.1 overs with 4 wickets to spare. A decent effort got a win for the Singapore team but the bowling department needs to be tightened against the stronger sides in the tournament. Singapore plays Nepal next.

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SINGAPORE U-19 WOMEN'S LOST TO BHUTAN BY 14 RUNS

Singapore played Bhutan on 13th December 2008, as both battled hard to open their account with a win. Bhutan won the toss and elected to bat first and put on a total of 101 for 4 in 25 overs. Singapore team gave away 48 runs as extras helping the Bhutan team score past a hundred. Ugyen Dema (17) and Dechan Wangmo (10) were the other main contributors for the visitng side.

Batting second Singapore was rattled by the tight bowling by Bhutan. The bowlers did very little and let the batters do the hard work. Priya Jain (29) & Tanya Sen (23) showed some promise, but hopes vanished when Priya was run out in the 24th over.

In the end, Singapore reached a mere 87 runs for 7 wickets in 25 overs and lost by a mere 13 run margin. Extras were key the difference between both teams.

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SINGAPORE TO HOST WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE

The ICC Development Committee has confirmed that the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 tournament will be played in Singapore from 29th August to 05th September 2009.

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 will consist of the following teams: Singapore, Botswana, Norway, Malaysia and top two teams qualifying from Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 which will be played in May 2009 in Guernsey. Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 will have the following teams participating: Guernsey, Nigeria, Japan, Suriname, Bahrain and Gibraltar.

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