Monthly Issue 12 / December 2009

National Shooter Ong Jun Hong receiving the Singapore flag from Chef de Mission Mrs Jessie Phua
Team Singapore All Set for 25th SEA Games Laos, Vientiane 2009

Before the Team Singapore Contingent sets off for the 25th SEA Games in Laos, The Play Times (TPT) Reporter caught up with some of the athletes at the official Flag Presentation ceremony on 9 November 2009 at Nanyang Polytechnic. The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports. 
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A supporter giving out free high-fives at the marathon
When Cheering Actually Means That Much...
Supporters at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon give runners that extra boost.

You can hear them yelling as you near the finish line. You see them gathered in throngs along the last leg. They are frequently the crucial difference whether the race gets finished or not. They are an essential part of the ‘soul’ of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. So, who exactly are these people?
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From left: Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Community
Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS); Lyo, Singapore 2010 Mascot;
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for CYS & son; Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of Singapore
Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC); Merly, Singapore 2010
Mascot; and Niam Chiang Meng, Permanent Secretary, MCYS
Photo courtesy of SYOGOC
Official Mascots for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games
Delightful duo Lyo and Merly make their maiden appearance

The official mascots for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, or YOG, were unveiled by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, on 21 November 2009 at the Suntec City. Lyo (pronounced as “Leo”), the lion cub, and Merly, the merlion, were well-received by the throng of eager supporters who turned up for their maiden appearance.
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National Taekwondo Coach Liang Ming (fourth from right) with the Team Singapore Taekwondo-kas
Behind-the-Scenes Preparation for the 25th SEA Games
Coaches Liang Ming and Junhong have full confidence in their Team Singapore taekwondo-kas and paddlers

The success of a sports champion does not come by chance. Besides the commitment, perseverance and determination put in by the athlete, the coach plays an equally critical role in motivating and nurturing his or her charges.

As we count down to the 25th Sea Games in Laos this December, the TPT Reporter visited some of the training sessions to suss out the progress of the athletes’ preparations, and spoke to two national coaches, Ms Wong Liang Ming and Ms Jing Junhong, and their charges.
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Dear Readers

The 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is just round the corner, and this time round it will be in Laos, Vientiane,

a place of rustic beauty and simplicity.

The SEA Games is also particularly close to my heart. Once upon a time, I was close to donning our national colours in soccer. I was part of a youth soccer scheme that groomed sporting talents to represent the country. Sadly, I was not up to the mark and my dreams of being a national athlete, or the next Maradona, were as good as given a red card.

Putting aside this heart-breaking chapter in my life, I have since channelled my perseverance and never-say-die attitude to my support for Team Singapore. You can find me at every SEA Games cheering myself hoarse and shouting my lungs out in front of the tube, watching them sweep aside the competition.

Excitingly, we will also be participating for the first time in wrestling. As a huge fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), I anticipate some electrifying action when our national wrestlers lock their opponents and grapple them down in the squared circle.

Go Team Singapore, Go!

Big Mike
TPT 4-toed-grapher

* I have always thought that if I were a WWE wrestler, "Big Mike" would have been a really appropriate stage name - big, fearsome and invincible...

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Fruity Tuna Sandwich

• 12 slices wholemeal bread
• 200g canned tuna in brine, drained
• 1 green apple finely chopped soak in 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons raisins
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped celery
• 2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 5 tablespoons margarine

  1. Mix tuna apple, raisins and celery in a bowl
  2. Stir in mayonnaise, pepper and salt
  3. Spread margarine thinnly onto bread, the spread on tuna filling

Serve 4 . Preparation time: 15 minutes