Table Tennis: Ellen Lee re-elected president of Singapore Table Tennis Association

Singapore Table Tennis Association chief Ellen Lee (in yellow) with Singapore's Olympic players for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Singapore Table Tennis Association chief Ellen Lee (in yellow) with Singapore's Olympic players for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. ST PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR

SINGAPORE - Ellen Lee was re-elected president of the Singapore Table Tennis Association at its biennial general meeting on Friday evening, beginning her second term as chief after the position was uncontested.

The former Member of Parliament will be assisted by Alex Yam (MP, Marsiling-Yew Tee) and David Sim, who were both elected deputy presidents.

Reflecting on her first term, Ms Lee said: "It's been a learning journey because I'm very new to table tennis. But it's been very gratifying knowing that plans put in place have been going well."

She added that the focus on her next term will be on youth development.

"We've cultivated a good stable of young players and we want them to step up. We are looking to them for future major Games."

The hope, she said, is to have local born-and-bred paddlers eventually be good enough to represent the Republic at the Olympics.

Any issues regarding coaching disputes have also since been settled. The women's team had requested for a change of coach following a clash with former head coach Jing Junhong late last year. Current head coach Chen Zhibin was appointed in February.

Said Lee: "Coaching (issues) are nothing new. We were able to confront and take the necessary steps to resolve the issues."