SEA Games: No targets for S'pore sailing team

SEA Games: No targets for S'pore sailing team

Go out and enjoy the experience.

That was the message Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) president Ben Tan had for the South-east Asia (SEA) Games sailors.

While many will expect the Republic's 20-strong sailing contingent to deliver medals at the biennial Games in Myanmar next month, Tan did not commit to a medal target.

Instead, the 1994 Asian Games gold medallist believes the medals will come without the need for target-setting - as shown by Singapore's reigning Optimist world champions.

In July, Singapore captured the team Optimist title in Italy before Loh Jia Yi went on to claim the Republic's third successive individual world title.

Speaking at the announcement of the SEA Games team at the National Sailing Centre on Saturday, Tan said: "(Setting a target) is counter-productive, especially with a team (that has a diverse range of experience) like that where we want to emphasise the sports psychology and right principles too.

"We didn't set a target for Optimist world champions. We told them to have fun and build meaningful relationships, and they got the results.


"If you set a target, you might not have that kind of results. So, I hope we all learn from our past successes and build on it to motivate the team and control their efforts so that it works in a constructive way."

While the bulk of the SEA Games sports will be contested in Naypyidaw, the sailors will do battle at Ngwe Saung Beach some 369km away.

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