Coach Lim, SSA disagree over appeal for two swimmers

Coach Lim, SSA disagree over appeal for two swimmers

Despite having all their 11 nominations making the cut at the SEA Games appeal meeting over a week ago, not all in the local swimming community is celebrating yet. Coach David Lim and Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) president Jeffrey Leow are at odds over the fate of two young swimmers - Tan Jing-E and Quah Jing Wen.

Lim feels that his Swimfast Aquatic Club (SAC) proteges, aged 12 and 13 respectively, should have been included in the SSA's appeal list to the Singapore National Olympic Council's (SNOC) SEA Games appeal committee.

He said: "The SSA must have the foresight to know that these two girls are the future of Singapore's women swimming. "They will be crucial to Singapore's performance at future Games. We don't want them to enter the 2015 edition - when Singapore plays hosts - without having any experience at that level."

Technically, if all the relevant stakeholders agree, the girls still stand a chance to be in Naypyidaw, as the accreditation deadline is Sept15. Lim argued that there are no representatives for the two 400m individual medley slots which he is trying to register the girls for. Including them would therefore not affect other swimmers' participation.

The duo are turning heads with their recent performances. Jing-E won seven golds at June's South-east Asian (SEA) Age-Group Swimming Championships.

Jing Wen, the younger sibling of SEA Games gold-medallists Ting Wen and Zheng Wen was named the Most Valuable Player at the Singapore National Age Group Championships in March. Said Lim: "All I am asking is for the endorsement of SSA.

"Let SNOC have the final say. It will make a huge difference to the girls' careers to know that the SSA is behind them in their development years."

The SNOC has been known to allow more leeway to national sports associations who have been proven goldmines at the Games, such as swimming.

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