The 18th edition of the Asian Games will be held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. As the Games edge closer, our sailors are working hard to seal their spot in the Singapore Sailing Team and represent Singapore at the Games. 

Here’s a first look at our Singapore Sailing 2018 Asian Games hopefuls (in alphabetical order)!

 

Amanda Ng

24, RS:X

Amanda Ng
Amanda Ng, 24, RS:X

Amanda has been sailing and windsurfing for 13 years, and she has competed in various international regattas and major games. Amanda is a Bronze medalist at the 2011 SEA Games and an Olympian at Rio in 2016

“Go hard or go home. I believe that if you want to achieve something, you have to commit your all to it. Going into something half-hearted isn’t going to make your time and effort worthwhile.”

See Amanda’s Athlete Profile

 

Brandon Chia

16, Laser 4.7 Open

Brandon Chia
Brandon Chia, 16, Laser 4.7 Open

Brandon started sailing at the age of 7 where he sailed the Optimist. He is currently sailing the Laser 4.7 and is vying for the 2018 Asian Games.

“It means a lot to me to qualify for the Asian Games as I had put in tremendous amount of resources, time, and effort into my training. It would also be my first major game and I really want to achieve glory not only for myself, but for Singapore as well as my family. This is but a small step in my sailing career, and I have many more events to look forward to in the future.”

See Brandon’s Athlete Profile

 

Cara Loo

17, Techno 293

Cara Loo
Cara Loo, 17, Techno 293

“To me, qualifying to Asian Games would mean that I have reached my end goal. However, one of my previous coaches used to tell me ‘trust the process’. Ultimately, qualifying would affirm that I have gave my all into the journey leading up to the qualifiers.” 

 

Cecilia Low

27, 49erFX Women

Cecilia Low
Cecilia Low, 27, 49erFX Women

Cecilia is a 2-time Asian Games Gold medalist. She also won a Gold medal at the 2013 SEA Games. She is currently training in Portugal with her helm partner, Kimberly Lim.

“A champion to me is to win events and gaining the respect from your competitors. To play fair and be humble even when you are at the top; to be supported and looked up to by others as a role model.”

See Cecilia’s Athlete Profile

 

Cheryl Teo

19, 470 Women

Cheryl Teo
Cheryl Teo, 19, 470 Women

Cheryl is a SEA Games Gold medalist where she won in the Women’s Double Handed 470 class with her partner, Yukie Yokoyama. This will be her first Asian Game if she qualifies.

“For me, qualifying for the Asian Games is like a ‘pit stop’ in my journey to the Olympics. It is a personal affirmation that I am improving and learning something new everyday. Also, it makes my family and friends proud.

I went into the 2017 SEA Games as an underdog, and no one really set expectations for me as it was my first time. However, after winning the Gold medal, there is a burning desire inside of me to continue bringing glory to Singapore. I will never forget the nostalgic moment when the national anthem was played. It evoked a strong sense of joy and pride in me as it was the first time I actually felt that I had achieved something unusual. I hope that I can bring these thoughts with me on my Asian Games journey.”

See Cheryl’s Athlete Profile

 

Chloe Chang

16, Laser 4.7 Open

Chloe Chang
Chloe Chang, 16, Laser 4.7 Open

Chloe started sailing when she was 8 with the Optimist. She is currently contending for a spot in the 2018 Asian Games in the Laser 4.7 class.

 “To truly understand what losing means, you have to lose first then climb back stronger.”

See Chloe’s Athlete Profile

 

Daniel Hung

17, Laser 4.7 Open

Daniel Hung
Daniel Hung, 17, Laser 4.7 Open

Daniel is currently a first year student at Victoria Junior College and he has been sailing for 9 years.

“Overseas training brings breadth and depth to me as a sailor. I learn a lot in terms of sailing techniques – from the different wind conditions, to sparring with overseas sailors. It is also enriching to be able to understand the different culture and environment of sailors from other countries. It helps broaden my worldly perspective and indirectly, helps me appreciate what I have back home.”

See Daniel’s Athlete Profile

 

Daniel Ian Toh

17, 470 Men

Daniel Ian Toh
Daniel Ian Toh, 17, 470 Men

Daniel Ian Toh started sailing at 8 years old with the Optimist. He is currently vying to qualify for the 2018 Asian Games in the 470 class.

“It has been a dream of mine since I was young to represent Singapore in a major event, and don the Singapore flag around my shoulders. Thus, it would be a dream come true to qualify for the Asian Games.”  

See Daniel Ian Toh’s Athlete Profile

 

Elisa Yukie Yokoyama

21, 470 Women

Elisa Yukie Yokoyama
Elisa Yukie Yokoyama, 21, 470 Women

Yukie is a SEA Games Gold medalist where she won in the Women’s Double Handed 470 class with her partner, Cheryl. This will be her first Asian Game if she qualifies.

“It is my first Asian Games after 3 attempts. The last 2 Asian Games Trials, I lost by a close margin and I was a sparring partner. It took me a while to recover from those, having come so close. It’s like being able to breathe, to finally qualify and represent Singapore at the Asian Games.”

See Yukie’s Athlete Profile

 

Griselda Khng

27, 49erFX Women

Griselda Khng
Griselda Khng, 27, 49erFX Women

Griselda is an Olympian and a SEA Games Gold medalist. She is currently training in Barcelona with her crew partner, Olivia Chen. They recently received sponsorship from DBS for their 2020 Olympic Games campaign.

My ultimate goal is the Olympic Games. The 2018 Asian Games would be a good preparation for it.

I was the only sailor that came back to Singapore empty handed at the 2006 Asian Games. It was disappointing but I didn’t give up. 2 weeks later, I delivered my best performance and clinched 2nd place at the Optimist World Championship.”

See Griselda’s Athlete Profile

 

James Koh

17, Laser 4.7 Open

James Koh Kia Ler
James Koh Kia Ler, 17, Laser 4.7 Open

 

Jillian Lee

22, Laser Radial Women

Jilian Lee
Jillian Lee, 22, Laser Radial Women

Jillian is a SEA Games Gold medalist where she won in the Laser Radial Women class in Kuala Lumpur last year. This is her first attempt at qualifying for the Asian Games.

“The effort you would need to put in to qualify for the Asian Games is 10-fold that of what I had to put in for the SEA Games. I know the level I need to reach to give myself a chance of doing well at the Asian Games. That level is not attainable without sacrificing significant things like school and social life, and replacing it with time in the gym or on the water.”

See Jillian’s Athlete Profile

 

Jodie Lai

17, Laser 4.7 Open

Jodie Lai
Jodie Lai, 17, Laser 4.7 Open

Jodie is the youngest Singaporean to win a Gold medal at the Asian Games. She won in the Optimist class at the 2014 Asian Games. She is now vying to qualify for the 2018 Asian Games in the Laser 4.7 class.

“No matter where you come from, what age you are, nothing is impossible as long as you have the will to do it.”

See Jodie’s Athlete Profile

 

Jonathan Lio

16, Laser 4.7 Open

Jonathan Lio
Jonathan Lio, 16, Laser 4.7 Open

Jonathan is currently a student at Raffles Institution. The 15 year old is vying for a spot at the upcoming Asian Games in the Laser 4.7 class.

“Qualifying for AG will be a breakthrough for me! It’s a personal affirmation that I am competent enough to compete at an elite level with other sailors from Asia. Missing out on SEAG 2017 by a hair was a setback, but with renewed focus and determination, I am giving my all to reach my goal of participating in a major game.”

See Jonathan’s Athlete Profile

Katerina Teo

17, Techno 293

Katerina Teo
Katerina Teo, 17, Techno 293

“Qualifying for the asian games would give me an amazing opportunity not only to promote windsurfing in Singapore and in my school, but also to compete at a higher level against other windsurfers and to make new friends.”

 

Kimberly Lim

22, 49erFX Women

Kimberly Lim
Kimberly Lim, 22, 49erFX Women

Kimberly is a 2-time Asian Games medalist, and a SEA Games Gold medalist.

“The 2018 Asian Games is another milestone event to bring glory to Singapore and to myself.”

See Kimberly’s Athlete Profile

 

Koh Yinian

17, 49er Men

Koh Yinian
Koh Yinian, 17, 49er Men

Yinian is currently a student at Raffles Institution. The 2018 Asian Games will be his debut and it will be his first time competing in a major game in the 49er class.

“My hope for this year would be to qualify for Asian Games and get a gold medal. Looking forward, my dream is to be able to qualify for the Olympics in 2020 and to live the experience of having been to an Olympic games.”

See Yinian’s Athlete Profile

 

Lee Wonn Kye

16, Laser 4.7 Open

Lee Wonn Kye
Lee Wonn Kye, 16, Laser 4.7 Open

Wonn Kye is a fourth-year student at Raffles Institution. He has been sailing for 9 years and is vying to qualify for the Laser 4.7 class at the 2018 Asian Games.

“Qualifying for the Asian Games would be a symbol of the time and effort my coach, my parents, and I, have put in towards preparing for the Games. It would mean the world to be able to carry my country’s flag on an international stage. Thus entire experience would also help me in my journey to the Olympics.”

See Wonn Kye’s Athlete Profile

 

Mark Wong

23, 49er Men

Mark Wong
Mark Wong, 23, 49er Men

Mark is a 2017 SEA Games Gold medalist where he won in the Men’s Team Racing Dinghy Laser Standard class.

 

Natalia Mai

17, RS:ONE Open

Natalia Mai Do Ngoc
Natalia Mai Do Ngoc, 17, RS:ONE Open

Natalia started sailing at the age of 10 with the Optimist. She aspires to be one of the top windsurfers in the world.

Success is so much more than winning the title for a regatta or attaining that Gold medal at a major event. I feel like success is branched out from others’ successes because of the joy you feel for them as they achieve their goals. Whenever I see a fellow teammate wins at a World Championship, I am filled with joy and happiness because I share their ‘success’ as well.

On a more personal level, success for myself could mean achieving the goals I set for myself for that particular regatta. The journey itself could be a form of success because of the hard work I put into it.”

See Natalia’s Athlete Profile

 

Nicole Lim

22, RS:X

Nicole Lim
Nicole Lim, 22, RS:X

 

Olivia Chen

23, 49erFX Women

Olivia Chen
Olivia Chen, 23, 49erFX Women

Olivia used to be a professional netball player. However, she turned to sailing and is now training in Barcelona with her crew mate, Griselda. Griselda and Olivia recently received sponsorship from DBS for the 2020 Olympics campaign.

“Competing in the Asian Games would fulfil a part of my dream to represent the country at a major international event. It would mean that I’ve made it closer to the Olympics by becoming a top sailor in Asia.”

See Olivia’s Athlete Profile

 

Reynold Chan

18, RS:ONE Open

Reynold Chan
Reynold Chan, 18, RS:ONE Open

 

Ryan Lo

21, Laser Men

Ryan Lo
Ryan Lo, 21, Laser Men

Ryan is a 2-time SEA Games Gold medalist. He also won Silver in the Men’s Team Racing Dinghy Laser Standard class at the 2015 SEA Games.

“It means a lot to me to qualify for the Asian Games. It is such a prestigious event that comes only once in 4 years where the best of Asia compete with one another. It will definitely be a stepping stone towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, providing a platform for me to showcase my progress over the past few months.”

See Ryan’s Athlete Profile

 

Tan Jen-E

22, 49er Men

Tan Jen-E
Tan Jen-E, 22, 49er Men

 

Wong Riji

17, 49er Men

Wong Riji

Riji is currently a student at Raffles Institution. He started sailing when he was 8, where he sailed the Optimist.

“The most challenging part was at the beginning of my 49er journey with my partner, Yinian. We only started sailing the boat late last year. We had to start from the basics and it was a very steep learning curve for both of us. After all, it is an Olympic class which is extremely competitive. On top of that, handling the boat is extremely demanding on the physical self.”

See Riji’s Athlete Profile

 

Xavier Ng

17, 470 Men

Xavier Ng
Xavier Ng, 17, 470 Men

Xavier will be competing in the 470 class at the 2018 Asian Games. He shares about his sailing journey and the things that he has learnt over the years.

To me, success means achieving the target I set for myself. I believe in setting achievable targets and celebrate every successful attempt when targets are met.

See Xavier’s Athlete Profile

 

Ynez Lim

20, RS:ONE Open

Ynez Lim
Ynez Lim, 20, RS:ONE Open

 

There are more to our sailors! If you are interested in getting to know more about them, check out their detailed profiles in our 2018 Asian Games Hopefuls page!

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