Fill Me In
On 29 September, Dr Lincoln Chee was re-elected as president of the Singapore Sailing Federation in a virtual annual general meeting (AGM).
Upon his re-election, he pledged support for Olympic-bound athletes, such as 49erFX skiff duo Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low, who are Asian Games champions, as well as junior kitefoiler Maximilian Maede, who was the Asian champion at the 2019 Formulate Kite Asian Championships in Beihai, China and the Republic’s sole representative at the Qatar 2019 World Beach Games.
“[We] want to encourage our sailors who are still campaigning for the Olympic Games to not stop pursuing their dreams and we are all behind their efforts,” he shared.
This year’s AGM was originally planned to be held before 30 June, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What other plans does Dr Chee have for the Sailing Federation?
Dr Chee also highlighted the need to be forward thinking, especially when it comes to new events, such as a mixed two-person offshore race and a mixed kiteboarding relay, both of which have been added to the 2024 Paris edition.
He was also concerned about how the pandemic has affected the Federation’s activity, and in resuming activities, as it is an “important part of … physical and mental well-being.” In order to do so, discussions will be held with stakeholders and club members.
Who are the other members of the executive committee?
Besides Dr Chee, Pamela Goh was also re-elected as a vice-president. The newcomers of the executive committee include 2006 Asian Games champion Roy Tay (vice-president) and 2005 SEA Games champion Tok Lee Ching (deputy treasurer). Both of them will serve till 2022.
Tay hopes to use his experience as an athlete to “pave the way for the young ones, like how [his] seniors did for [him].” He won two silver medals at last year’s SEA Games in the Philippines.
Tok, a former administrator at national agency Singapore Sports Council (now Sport Singapore), hopes to make sailing and windsurfing more accessible to the public.
She noted: “I had the opportunity to train and compete at a high level. This is made possible because of the clubs, facilities and coaching personnel.”