Asean Schools Games: Swimmers Christie and En Qi power Singapore to 6 golds

BRUNEI -Singapore once again proved its mettle in swimming, winning six gold medals at the seventh Asean Schools Games (ASG) which concluded on Friday.

The Republic sent a contingent of 97 students from 30 local schools and finished with a total of six golds, four silvers and 10 bronzes in a field of over 900 students from eight Asean nations.

Out of the six sports which Singapore participated in - athletics, badminton, golf, netball, sepak takraw and swimming - all the golds came from swimming. They were won by CHIJ Katong Convent student Christie May Chue, and Hoong En Qi from the Singapore Sports School.

Christie, 15, won four golds, including the 200m freestyle, an event which she had earlier set a new 'B' Division record in at the Schools National Swimming Championships in April.

She said: "I am really happy with my performance because this is my first ASG and I didn't expect to win so many medals."

En Qi won three golds and two silvers, and was part of the 4x100m freestyle team that won gold at the SEA Games in June.

The 16-year old said: "I wasn't expecting to do this well because I have been travelling around the world for the Fina World Cup."

And while the wins certainly came as a pleasant surprise for the Sports School student, she is not about to get complacent saying: "I know that I still have a lot of room for improvement."

With the 39th South East Asia Age Group Swimming Championships coming up next week (Dec 4-6), in which she has about eight events, En Qi added: "I hope to learn from this and make myself better."

vankang@sph.com.sg