Review committee to chart Singapore Sports School's future directions

A review committee will be set up to review and 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 aspiring to be top athletes the best environment to train, while paying attention to their progress to the next level of education.

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

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

Acting Minister for MCCY Lawrence Wong added: "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."

Said SSP's new principal Tan Teck Hock: "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 and 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).