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Entries for May 2010

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When it comes to differentiating the various classes of boats that are used in sailing, not many people are able to separate the Optimist from the Laser, or tell the difference between the 470 and the 420. So here is a simple guide to some of the most commonly encountered names.  

Optimist
 

The Optimist is the largest junior class in the world with over 150 000 sailors from over 110 countries. Sailors can not only learn to sail, they can progress to the highest level world championship competitions.
 

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In this month’s YOG Sportslights, The Play Times takes a look at the competition venue for sailing.
 
1.     Location
 
Sitting on 2.4 hectares of land, the National Sailing Centre is located at the south-eastern tip of Singapore along the East Coast Park.
 
2.     History
 
Opened in June 1999, the National Sailing Centre is approximately 51 minutes away from the Youth Olympic Village via the highway.
 
Equipped with a large berthing area for boats, it also comprises an administration block, a multi-purpose sports hall, a cafeteria, a dormitory and an auditorium, the Centre has been the first-choice location for regional and international competitions.
 

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With the inaugural Youth Olympic Games drawing ever closer, buildings around Singapore are starting to dress up for the part, with the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) taking the lead when it unveiled new decorations on its 18-storey building at Thomson Road yesterday.
 
Guest-of-Honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, together with Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shun, Minister for State, MCYS, and Mr Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, MCYS and Ministry for Transport, together drew the curtain on a giant poster of YOG mascots Lyo and Merly at the entrance to the building.

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Not many athletes are able to say that they are sitting pretty at the top of the world when they are all of 16-years-old.
 
Well, not unless you are Darren Choy.
 
If you went “Darren who?”, then perhaps it is about time that you sat up and took notice.
 
The teenager recently secured his second Byte CII world title at the 2010 Byte CII World Championships in Cannes, France, successfully defending the title that he won the previous year in Canada.
 
That incredible effort propelled him to pole position in the race for selection to represent Singapore at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which will be held in Singapore from 14 to 26 August 2010.
 

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Never had so much hope been placed by so many, on the shoulders of so few.

 

Eleven plucky boys were about to play the greatest match in their young lives.

 

The boys of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) football team, who had lost their place in the football final of the YOG, had one last chance to claim a medal for themselves, and for their country.

 

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A haul of 19 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games medals over the last ten years, which included a gold medal in each of those five games; add another two Asian Games bronze medals from 2002 and 2006 and you have quite a good return for one of Singapore’s non-elite sports over the past decade.    

 

Yet Wushu still falls short in terms of following as compared to the glamour sports in Singapore like Football, Swimming and Table Tennis. Maybe it is because Wushu is still not recognised as a full-fledged official Olympic sport, despite Beijing hosting a Wushu competition parallel to the 2008 Olympic Games. Or maybe they are just not selling the fact that Hollywood action star Jet Li originally gained fame as part of the wushu team that took the National Wushu Champion of China title five times.

           

Wushu, which when directly translated means martial art, deserves much more attention seeing how there are legions of kungfu movie followers in Singapore. And between the 24 to 29 May, these fans will get the chance to watch the best Wushu exponents in the country display their moves when the Singapore National Wushu Competition returns after a two year break. The event will be held at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

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Behind every successful athlete is an equally accomplished mentor who shows them the way. Shying away from the limelight and allowing his protégés the accolades and glory they deserve, 2010 Coach of the Year William Woo’s reach and influence goes way beyond the last pin.

A man born to bowl, Woo’s bowling career, both playing and coaching has spanned over 20 years. Winning a host of local and international tournaments during his five years with the national team, he first discovered his potential for coaching and after attending courses, Woo finally became a full-time coach in 1995.

Woo’s coaching prowess was evident from the beginning, rising quickly through the ranks to bag the first of his two Coach of the Year awards in 1996, after being promoted to National Coach within his first year at the Singapore Bowling Federation.

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