Sports School sends 29 student-athletes to AYG

Sports School sends 29 student-athletes to AYG
(From left): Mrs Deborah Tan, Singapore Sports School Principal, with Team Singapore Chef de Mission Tan Paey Fern, presenting track and field athlete Kerstin Ong, 16, with her souvenir board and a mascot. (SINGAPORE SPORTS SCHOOL)
Published: 6:10 PM, August 7, 2013
Updated: 1:10 PM, August 8, 2013

SINGAPORE -- The Singapore Sports School (SSP) gave their Asian Youth Games-bound athletes a special send-off this morning with a ceremony attended by Team Singapore Chef de Mission Tay Pay Fern, who was the guest-of-honour.

Of the 84-strong contingent from the Republic heading for the second edition of the Games in Nanjing later this month (Aug 16-24), 26 are from SSP. Three other athletes from the school are also heading to the AYG, with two representing Malaysia, and one flying the Thailand flag.

The Games was first held here in 2009 as a lead-up to the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG), and attracted 1,321 athletes for 90 events in 11 sporting disciplines.

The 2nd AYG in Nanjing, which will also host the second edition of the YOG next year, has been expanded to 118 events over 16 sports, and will feature athletes from 45 Asian nations.

At the send-off ceremony this morning at the SSP, 16-year-old Kerstin Ong Jing Rong from the school’s Track and Field Academy the taking of the Athlete’s Pledge. ADELENE WONG