Review to chart school's future direction

SINGAPORE - A review committee will be set up to chart the future directions of the Singapore Sports School (SSP), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

The committee will study how to give Singapore's young sporting talents the best environment to train in, while paying attention to their academic progress.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the guest of honour at the SSP's annual awards night yesterday, said: "The school has done well, but you need to review your work continually to stay relevant in the changing sporting landscape."

Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, and chairman of the Singapore Sports Council, Mr Richard Seow, will co-chair the review committee.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said: "The SSP has achieved much in the last 10 years. It is timely to take stock and see how the school can create an even more conducive environment for our aspiring athletes to fulfil their sporting dreams in the international arena."

SSP's new principal, Mr Tan Teck Hock, said: "Our mission is to help talented student-athletes achieve their sporting ambitions and have a good education."

The SSP had its first intake in 2004, growing from an initial 141 student-athletes in eight sport academies to the current 523 across 10 sports.

It has produced several top athletes over the past decade, including Olympians such as swimmers Tao Li and Mylene Ong, world-beaters like sailor Victoria Chan (Laser 4.7, 2006), and major Games champions like table-tennis player Pang Xue Jie (2010 Commonwealth Games men's team) and Aqilah Sudhir (2010 Commonwealth Games women's 50m rifle three-positions pairs).

This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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