Swimming: Ex-water polo players join SSA exco

Former national water polo players Wilson Ang (left) and Samson Tan are the new additions to the SSA executive committee.
Former national water polo players Wilson Ang (left) and Samson Tan are the new additions to the SSA executive committee.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR STRAITS TIMES

Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) president Lee Kok Choy will serve the next two years of his term with a largely unchanged team from the one elected in 2014. However, he will also have to work with two new faces in water polo.

Former national water polo players Samson Tan and Wilson Ang will join the SSA executive committee as vice-president (water polo) and assistant secretary-general (water polo) respectively.

They replaced Samuel Wong and Jerome Lau respectively after a vote by 30 affiliates at the SSA's annual general meeting last night.

Tan beat Wong 18-12 to clinch the post of vice-president. Following that, Lau decided to concede a walkover to Ang.

Said Lee: "We are a little bit disappointed with the fact that (Wong and Lau) cannot continue on. We've worked with them well but we definitely look forward also to working together with the newly elected members for water polo.

"With new members, you definitely must get together and discuss the execution of the plans - how we will all work together as one team and move forward in the different disciplines.

Tan, 48, who unsuccessfully ran for the same post two years ago, was delighted with the double victory. He said: "We are happy but most importantly, we now need to get the whole fraternity together.

"For example, we want to look at the local scene, the high-performance aspect, sponsorships, marketing - all these areas are very important to move water polo forward. That's what's on our agenda now."

As part of their plans to improve Singapore water polo, Tan and Ang will look to bring in foreign coaches as consultants for the local field of coaches.

They also plan to set up a centre of excellence for water polo to encourage youth to develop their potential and adopt a "water polo for life" mentality.

Ang also welcomed Wong and Lau to continue playing a part in taking Singapore water polo forward. The 45-year-old said: "Both Samuel and Jerome are long-time friends of ours - we've played water polo since we were young.

"Samuel and Jerome will still continue to contribute actively and we're not here to tell them that this is our role and they're not involved."

Besides Tan and Ang, the committee also welcomed two new members, with Tan Yew Khuan and Dr Bervyn Lee replacing treasurer Sylvia Peh and assistant secretary-general (swimming) Ang Peng Wee in their respective positions. Peh and Ang had served a maximum of four terms.

Vice-president (swimming) Joscelin Yeo and finance vice-president Jose Raymond will continue in their posts after being unchallenged. Secretary-general Oon Jin Teik will also stay on as his position was not contested.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2016, with the headline 'Ex-water polo players join SSA exco'. Print Edition | Subscribe