Commonwealth Games: Former swimmer Mark Chay to lead Team Singapore in Gold Coast next year

Mark Chay has been appointed Team Singapore's chef de mission for next year's Commonwealth Games.
Mark Chay has been appointed Team Singapore's chef de mission for next year's Commonwealth Games.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Former national swimmer Mark Chay was appointed Team Singapore's chef de mission on Friday (Oct 27) for next year's Commonwealth Games.

The Games will be held in Gold Coast, Australia.

It will be the 35-year-old's second outing as the head of the contingent after he led the Republic at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing. He was also the assistant chef de mission for the 29th SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur in August.

Chay's appointment was announced at an event to welcome the Queen's Baton relay at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The former Olympian said: "The Commonwealth Games has a unique integrated para-sport programme which means this is the only major Games where our para and able-bodied athletes come together to compete as one contingent.

"I look forward to being part of this team and hope to take an athlete-centric approach to work with the team to ensure a competition-conducive environment at the Games."

Chay will be assisted by former national gymnast Lim Heem Wei.

The Queen's Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth's diversity. The Gold Coast 2018 relay is set to be the longest, spanning 230,000km over 388 days and will make its way through the six Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

The Queen's Baton arrived in Singapore on Friday morning from Brunei and will stop at landmarks such as the Merlion Park and Marina Bay Sands before departing on Oct 31 for Nauru.

Team Singapore athletes Roanne Ho and Martina Lindsay Veloso, who were at the Botanic Gardens to welcome the Queen's Baton, were also surprised with a birthday cake. Swimmer Ho turned 25 while shooter Martina is 18.