Swimming: Only water polo posts will be contested at Singapore Swimming Association's AGM

Former national water polo captain Eugene Teo (left) has been appointed national head coach for women's water polo.
Former national water polo captain Eugene Teo (left) has been appointed national head coach for women's water polo.PHOTO: SINGAPORE WATER POLO

At the Singapore Swimming Association's (SSA) upcoming annual general meeting, president Lee Kok Choy and his team will return to office unchallenged but both water polo positions will be contested.

Former national water polo player Samson Tan threw his name into the hat for the post of vice-president (water polo) while ex-Singapore team-mate Wilson Ang will run for the assistant secretary-general (water polo) position. Nominations closed yesterday at 7pm.

The pair will run against current vice-president Samuel Wong and assistant secretary-general Jerome Lau on June 30.

In the 2014 elections, Tan ran for the vice-president's seat but was unsuccessful against Wong - losing 14-19 in the vote count.

But Tan is still upbeat about his chances this time.

He said: "I, along with my committee, hope to enhance the standards of water polo in Singapore. We wish to bring up the quality in the local scene and raise the bar if we get elected."

On the challenge for the water polo positions, SSA secretary-general Oon Jin Teik said: "We came in as one team and we hope to continue as one team.

"We hope the fraternity understands that and enables us to serve together.

"Samuel and Jerome have worked well with us and we're comfortable with them. The two still have plans in the works for water polo in the next two years and hopefully, they can stay to realise them."

The SSA also announced yesterday the appointment of five-time SEA Games gold medallist and former national water polo captain Eugene Teo as the national head coach for women's water polo.

This is Teo's biggest non-playing appointment. The 28-year-old previously coached the Aegir Water Polo club youth team which won the Singapore Water Polo Life League this year.

On his new role, Teo said: "It's a great opportunity for me to contribute and give back to the water polo fraternity.

"I believe our women's water polo team have the potential to be a powerhouse in the region, and the world.

"I'm excited and honoured to be given this role and I look forward to many successes with the team."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2016, with the headline 'Only water polo posts will be contested at AGM'. Print Edition | Subscribe