New chief wants long-term plans

New Singapore Gymnastics president Choy Kah Kin (second from right), who takes over from Goh Hwee Cheng, will be assisted by vice-presidents (from left) Gan Chai San, Edward Low and Patrick Ho.
New Singapore Gymnastics president Choy Kah Kin (second from right), who takes over from Goh Hwee Cheng, will be assisted by vice-presidents (from left) Gan Chai San, Edward Low and Patrick Ho.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Singapore Gymnastics (SG) has a new chief at the helm, barely a month after the sport ended the SEA Games on a high note with a first-ever gold in rhythmic gymnastics.

The new management committee (MC) will be led by Choy Kah Kin, who beat Lee Hong Chuang, the MC's former vice-president, to the presidency at SG's annual general meeting yesterday.

Choy, a 58-year-old architect, will be assisted by vice-presidents Gan Chai San, Patrick Ho and Edward Low.

He succeeds former president Goh Hwee Cheng, who declined to stand again.

"The association had a 10-year plan till 2015, with the target of sending someone to the Olympics," said Choy.

"We were able to do that and now, we should start working on our next 10-year plan to see where we can go from here."

He was referring to Lim Heem Wei, who became the first Singaporean gymnast to compete at the Olympics three years ago in London.

"Whatever resources are required to send future gymnasts to the Olympics, we will help them to achieve their goal," he added.

But with the new MC yet to meet, the former co-head of SG's rhythmic gymnastics sub-committee was wary about setting targets for the Republic's Olympic hopes next year.

"For me, just coming in, it's too early to look into that," he added. "We've just had the election, so we haven't started setting targets. We have to look at the talent and resources we have."

He called for greater unity in the gymnastics community, saying: "We are looking at inclusiveness. We are not a very big set-up, so it's important that we are united to improve the sport.

"I don't want to favour one discipline over another, but promote all as evenly as possible."

There are nine new faces in the new MC, which could help bring a fresh perspective to the association.

Said Choy: "It's a blend of the old and new, and I hope that this new committee will be able to take the sport much further."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 12, 2015, with the headline 'New chief wants long-term plans'. Print Edition | Subscribe