Shooting: SEA Games squad, loaded with young talents, aim for six golds

Fielding one of the youngest line-ups in the SEA Games, the Singapore Shooting Association is aiming for six golds from the 26 events that they are entered for.

"Of course, we want all 26 golds but then shooting will be removed from the next SEA Games or Singapore will be banned from participating," said SSA president Michael Vaz jokingly.

Still, he has high hopes for the shooters whose qualification scores had to at least equal the 2013 Games' third-place score.

Although there are many debutants in the team, SSA high performance chief Soo Kwok Seng insists that all the shooters are expected to deliver and "no one is going to a major games just for experience".

An event to watch out for is the WA1500 Precision Pistol Competition, which made its debut at the 2005 Games but was left out of subsequent meets.

Vaz says home-ground advantage counts only up to a point.

"Playing on home ground could be both an advantage and a disadvantage; as shooting is largely a mental game, it depends on the player's mentality and reaction to the crowd."

The shooting events will be held at Yishun Safra and National Shooting Centre, and admission is free.

Squad

Men 10m Air Pistol & Men 50m Free Pistol - Gai Bin, Lim Swee Hon (Nigel), Poh Lip Meng

Women 10m Air Pistol and Women 25m Sport Pistol - Nicole Tan, Teh Xiu Hong, Teo Shun Xie

Men 10m Air Rifle - Royce Chan*, Wesley Leong*, Wong Ting Wei*

Women 10m Air Rifle - Martina Veloso, Jasmine Ser, Tessa Neo*

Men 50m Rifle Prone - Abel Lim, Lim Zhong Xian*, Ong Jun Hong

Women 50m Rifle & Women 3 Positions - Cheng Jian Huan, Li Yafei, Jasmine Ser

Shotgun (skeet) - David Chan, Eugene Chiew, Low Jiang Hao

Shotgun (trap) - Choo Choon Seng, Lin Hejun*, Mohd Zain Amat

Men WA1500 Precision Pistol Competition - Anuar Abdullah, Teh Kah Hoon, Sivakumar Velayudhan

Women WA1500 Precision Pistol Competition - Cynthia Lee, Goh Hui Ruang, Norizan Mustafa

* denotes major Games debut