With a climate that barely ever dips below 25° Celsius and only one ice rink, few would expect Singapore to field a candidate for a winter games competition. Lucas Ng likes the unexpected.

As a short-track speed-skater Ng will be the first Singaporean to participate in the Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan from 30 January to 6 February, where he will be racing with skaters from Asian powerhouses like South Korea and China.

Having a Singaporean competitor at the Games is not as farfetched as it seems. There is in fact a great deal of interest for winter sports like speed-skating and figure skating, as five-time World Champion figure-skater Michelle Kwan discovered on her visit to the island last January.
 
 
 
 
After the Lions' early exit from the Suzuki Cup and the subsequent announcement of the disbandment of the National Team, Singapore football and in particular Singapore's national team needs the S.League to play an important role as it goes about its process of renewal and rejuvenation.

Like most Singaporeans, the S.League in turning sixteen faces one of its toughest examinations in its youthful existence. After a season which saw all three major trophies, and even the fan club of the year award, go to foreign sides, the S.League will as well need to reinvent itself to rise to the challenge of being the heart which pumps this new blood to rejuvenate the National Team.
 
 
 
  Sportslights -
Christabel Goh
  Coaches' Corner - Balázs Babella
One Voice
Dear Readers,

Hope you had a fabulous start to the New Year.

Our S.League season will kick start this month and will feature new changes and the inclusion of a "new" football club. Will new addition Tanjong Pagar be vying with the usual suspects for bragging rights in the brand new season of the S.League? Tanjong Pagar or the Jaguars, as they are more commonly known, could be a formidable opponent and Etoile, SAFFC, Home United and Tampines Rovers will all have to be on their toes.
 
 
That said, it's time for me to get my Woodlands Wellington jersey out from my cupboard and watch my perennial strugglers avoid another wooden spoon. Somehow this year, I feel that the Rams will be the team to look out for. But then again, I could be biased. Whatever the result, I will stand right behind them. I urge you to turn up and cheer and support your respective S.League teams!

Football aside, there are a host of other events lined up right here in Singapore, including the Singapore Biathlon 2011 and the HSBC Women's Champions, in which we will see some of the world's top women golfers return to the Garden Course at the Tanah Merah Country Club.

With so much in store, it leaves me to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year of the Rabbit.

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Let's Play!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sportslights - HSBC Women's Champions Preview   Sportslights -
Christabel Goh

It was third time lucky for Christabel Goh who edged her way into this year's HSBC Women's Champions. The 21 year-old, who only turned professional last November, qualified for the full-fletched LPGA event on her third try after beating her rivals by just one stroke. Playing alongside a field with 63 of the world's best will be the perfect tonic for her after missing the final cut at the LPGA Futures Tour 2011 Qualifying Tournament last year.
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Coaches Corner - Balázs Babella   Coaches Corner -
Balázs Babella

Singapore national canoe coach Balázs Babella believes there are two types of athletes - those who try their very best to get results, and those who do their very best. "Only the athletes who do their best have what it takes to become champions," says Babella...
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Singapore Biathlon 2011   12 February
Singapore Biathlon 2011
     
S.League 2011   12 February - 05 November
S.League 2011
     
HSBC Women's Champions   24 - 27 February
HSBC Women's Champions
     
7th Horsburgh Challenge   25 - 27 February
7th Horsburgh Challenge
     
NTUC Healthcare U-Run 2011   27 February
NTUC Healthcare U-Run 2011
 
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