Athletics coach Lim dies at 85

Athletics coach Lim dies at 85
Lim Tiang Quee died yesterday but leaves a long legacy of helping Singapore’s athletes to achieve their best.

Singapore athletics lost one of its longest-serving officials yesterday afternoon when renowned local coach Lim Tiang Quee died at age 85.

He had been warded in the Singapore General Hospital for a lung infection.

He leaves behind wife Teo Siang Khiang, 74.

A familiar face on the local track and field scene, Lim was a former national long and triple jumper, and once held the national long jump record.

He began his coaching career in 1958 - while he was still competing - and went on to nurture some of Singapore's brightest stars. Some of the former PE teacher's best charges include ex-national sprinter and hurdles queen Heather Merican and ex-sprinters Nurulaini Ariffin and Tan Shieh Li.

The veteran coach even trained current top female sprinter Shanti Pereira, 17, when she was in primary school, a testament to his longevity.

Said two-time Olympian C. Kunalan, 71, who represented Singapore alongside Lim in the 1960s: "Lim made important contributions to the sport throughout his long coaching career.

"He started coaching at a time when coaches were not paid much, and did it purely out of passion.

"He was always smiling, always had good words for everyone, and his passing is a loss to the track and field scene."

Ex-national sprinter Yeo Kian Chai, 70, added: "Lim coached me when I was still a jumper.

"He was a very humble man and never claimed credit."

Lim's wake will be held at the Church of St Mary of the Angels in Bukit Batok until Friday.

This article was first published on June 17, 2014.
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