Sailing: Singapore Sailing Federation appoints Chua as its new performance manager

National Coach Chua tan ching (left) and Audrey Yong celebrate at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
National Coach Chua tan ching (left) and Audrey Yong celebrate at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) announced the appointment of Chua Tan Ching as its new performance manager on Wednesday. The 51-year-old takes over from Terence Koh, who will return to coaching duties.

Chua, affectionately known as "TC" in the sailing fraternity, will take over from next month. He is a veteran coach, having guided windsurfer Audrey Yong to a bronze at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 in Singapore.

Formerly in the financial sector, Chua joined the SSF as a full-time coach in 2011 and has been involved in reviving the windsurfing programmes at both the participation and performance levels.

A multiple medallist at the SEA Games, the former national boardsailor has had experience understudying 1988 Olympic windsurfing gold medallist Bruce Kendall of New Zealand in the last two years. He was also caretaker coach for the women's skiff teams at last year's International Sailing Federation World Championships in Santander, Spain.

Said Rupert Ong, SSF's vice-president who oversees the high performance portfolio: "We are looking to continually grow and develop our pool of Singaporean expertise in sailing, especially in areas of performance. Building on both the quality and quantity of our people is the surest way of ensuring long-term sustainability and also success.

"Terence has contributed immensely and TC will once again build on his work."