In mum’s footsteps

In mum’s footsteps
Passing the baton: Pamela Au (right) and her daughter, Lim Ying Xin.

Twenty years ago, she was part of the Singapore Soka Association group that performed at the opening ceremony of the South-east Asia (SEA) Games at the old National Stadium at Kallang.

Twenty years on, Pamela Au's link with the SEA Games will continue, when her eldest daughter, Lim Ying Xin, takes part in the closing ceremony of the 2013 SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22.

Ying Xin, 22, an undergraduate at the Singapore Institute of Management, will be part of a group of around 50 performers who will perform at the ceremony, as the Republic is handed the responsibility of organising and hosting the 2015 SEA Games.

PREVIEW

With the clock ticking down to this year's Games, which returns to Myanmar after 44 years, around 100 guests were treated to a preview of the performance 2015 hosts Singapore will put up at the closing ceremony to mark the official handover between the two nations.

The preview was held at the National Library in Bugis, and in the audience was Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, and Au.

Said the bank associate: "I used to stay in Jurong and I remember going all the way to Toa Payoh Stadium to train.

"I really enjoyed it as it was my first time representing Soka and I encouraged (Ying Xin) to contribute back to society and put up a good show in Myanmar," added the 50-year-old, who has also performed at "countless" National Day Parades.

Ying Xin, the older of two siblings, said: "I didn't know until just now that she performed 20 years ago and it's quite cool - it's like she's passing the baton to me and I am really honoured to represent Singapore in Myanmar this year."

Singapore last hosted the biennial Games in 1993.

It will return here in 2015, and will be held from June 5 to 16, with many of the events held at the Sports Hub.

The Singapore routine in Naypyidaw is choreographed by creative and music director Philip Tan, and combines dance with taekwondo, wushu and gymnastics - with performers from Soka, Team Singapore and the School of the Arts.

The performance also includes the use of sports equipment like footballs, basketballs and volleyballs as percussion instruments and a rendition of popular Myanmar song Si Lone Chin Ah Twat Tha Chin Ta Pote (A song for unity).

Said Wong: "I've actually watched them earlier and this time round it is even better. "They have worked very hard and it's very exciting... They have a lot of energy and to see the kind of commitment they have put into practising and getting ready is very heartwarming and encouraging."

sayheng@sph.com.sg


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