Swimming: Oon unveils 'heavyweight' list of advisers

Swimming: Oon unveils 'heavyweight' list of advisers
Singapore Swimming Association secretary general Lee Kok Choy (centre), who is vying for the post of president of the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) election in June 2014, with his team members comprising of former Sport Singapore chief executive officer Oon Jin Teik (fourth from left) and former national swimmer Joscelin Yeo (third from right)

SINGAPORE - A "dream team", that was how Lee Kok Choy described the eight men and women he had assembled to vie to become the new Executive Council (exco) of the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) at their annual general meeting tonight.

Lee, who is the current secretary general of the SSA, is looking to succeed Jeffrey Leow as president and will go up against Singapore Bowling Federation chief Jessie Phua.

One of the biggest reasons for his "dream team" tag is Oon Jin Teik (right), who is challenging for the SSA's secretary general's position.

Oon, a former national swimmer and Olympian, was chief executive officer of Sport Singapore (formerly the Singapore Sports Council) from 2004 to 2010, before joining leading global water solutions company Hyflux as executive vice president of global marketing from 2011 to April 2014.

Exciting

He is now the chief operating officer of the Singapore Sports Hub consortium.

Speaking 24 hours before one of the most exciting national sports association (NSA) showdowns in recent history, Oon gave an insight as to why he came on board.

At a media luncheon held at the Goodwood Park Hotel yesterday, Oon, 51, said: "I think you will know from my Sports Council background that the governance angle is a must-have. You can't engage and build when the back of your house has problems.

"Whenever I join an organisation I always ask who is the chief financial officer, and I do my own background check, because that is for my own personal integrity.

"So I asked Kok Choy who is handling the money, and for him to have trusted people handling the money puts me at ease."

He was referring to Sylvia Peh, who is on Lee's ticket and is vying to become SSA treasurer.

Peh is currently the assistant secretary general of the SSA.

She has an accounting and auditing background and works as a trading representative.

Oon yesterday named two "heavyweight" senior advisers that will come on board if Lee's team are successful tonight.

They are former chairman of Sport Singapore, Alex Chan (above, right), and president of Singapore Table Tennis Association, Lee Bee Wah.

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