Singapore divers look to SEA Games 2015 after 4 medals in Myanmar: The divers from Team Singapore won four medals in the SEA Games 2013 in Myanmar, breaking a 28-year-old drought for the sport, and now look forward to the 2015 in their home country.
, a 19-year-old Republic Polytechnic student, won the silver in the three-metre springboard, the first Singaporean to win a medal in the sport since 1985.
Lee reportedly believes having the Games in Singapore in 2015 could be the difference between winning the silver and gold.
“If a lot Singapore fans come and support with the help of the home crowd, I am sure the scores will actually go up in terms of our diving,” said Lee.
With his twin brother Timothy, they won the silver in the three-metre springboard synchronised event, plus a bronze in the 10-metre platform synchronised dive.
Finishing third in the three-metre springboard synchronised event were another pair of Singaporean divers, Myra Lee and Fong Kay Yian.
The event was won by Malaysia’s world class divers, but Singapore’s divers hope to challenge them in 2015.
Myra Lee noted: “Right now what we are losing out to the Malaysians is in our dive difficulties, because they are doing like much harder dives than we are. So if we can pull up our difficulty, I think we will be able to give them a run for their money in 2015.”
But first comes 2014 and more overseas meets, including the Asian and Commonwealth Games.
The Singaporeans also look forward to better facilities at the Sports Hub, which will be the venue for the 2015 SEA Games.
Having a sheltered and covered diving pool will be a significant improvement, said Secretary-General of Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) Lee Kok Choy, according to Channel News Asia.
“We will have facilities that are all-covered, which is going to allow us to train even if there is inclement weather. Even if there is lightning storms, it will allow us to train with a greater level of intensity. We will also have this pool here (Toa Payoh), designated for development divers…”
Before the 2015 SEA Games, Singapore will host two major competitions in 2014 at the Sports Hub – the South East Asian Swimming Championship in June and the FINA Diving Grand Prix in October.