Swimming: Lee and Phua set for battle

Swimming: Lee and Phua set for battle
Singapore Bowling Federation president Mrs Jessie Phua.

Singapore Swimming is set for a heavyweight battle when the association holds its annual general meeting (AGM) next month.

The constitution of the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) states that the AGM will have to be held by the end of next month and The New Paper reported in February that Singapore Bowling Federation (SBF) chief Jessie Phua will run for the presidency.

Yesterday, SSA secretary general Lee Kok Choy confirmed with TNP that he will challenge Phua for the top post.

"Yes I will be running for the SSA president's post," he said.

"Our basic manifesto is to build on what we have and keep taking the sport forward with a holistic approach.

"We will analyse where we have made mistakes in the past and make changes.

"We want to build up open-water swimming, which has been less active than the rest of the five aquatic disciplines we have that include swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming and diving.

"As secretary general, I've built up the professional capacity of the secretariat and the next step for me is to run for SSA presidency to take Singapore Swimming to the next level."

The 62-year-old is the country manager and managing director of Micron Semiconductor Asia Pte Ltd, and had served as SSA vice-president (diving) for four years before his current term as secretary general.

Lee helped to turn diving from a dormant sport into one that won two silver and two bronze medals at last year's South-east Asia Games in Myanmar.

He has one son, who used to be a middle-distance runner, and three daughters, two of whom were competitive hurdlers.

Lee confirmed he has roped in the greatest SEA Games athlete of all time, former swimmer Joscelin Yeo, in his team. Yeo will be vying for the post of vice-president (swimming).

Current SSA president Jeffrey Leow, national water polo team manager Samuel Wong and Singapore Water Polo's (SWP) chief of branding, Jerome Lau, are also on Lee's team.

"We have a strong team of fresh faces and stalwarts," said Lee.

"I'm excited to have Joscelin on our side. She will bring a fresh insight to the sport and she recently said she is keen to contribute and serve.

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