SEA Games: Mark Chay and Lee Wung Yew appointed Singapore's deputy chefs de mission

Mark Chay (left) and Lee Wung Yew will assist Milan Kwee, who is the Republic's chef de mission for the upcoming SEA Games.
Mark Chay (left) and Lee Wung Yew will assist Milan Kwee, who is the Republic's chef de mission for the upcoming SEA Games.PHOTOS: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Former national swimmer Mark Chay and ex-shooter Lee Wung Yew have been appointed Singapore's deputy chefs de mission for August's SEA Games.

The role is a familiar one for both men. Chay was Singapore's chef de mission for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, while Lee was chef de mission at the inaugural Asian Youth Games which Singapore hosted in 2009.

They will assist Milan Kwee, who is the Republic's chef de mission for the upcoming SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Chay, 35, is a two-time Olympian who retired from competitive swimming in 2007. He is the head coach of X Lab, a swimming academy.

He said: "Being part of Team Singapore at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games is an experience I will never forget. We will be working with a far larger contingent at the SEA Games, and I hope I can lend a hand and be there for our athletes when they need support."

Lee, 51, competed in three Olympic Games (1996, 2004, 2008) in trap shooting. In a career spanning three decades, Lee appeared in six Asian Games and 11 SEA Games, where he won 16 gold medals since his 1985 debut in Bangkok.

The two-time Sportsman of the Year (1990 and 1998) retired from the sport in 2011, and he is currently a physical education teacher at Innova Junior College.

He said: "It is a great opportunity to be able to share the experience I gained as an athlete at major Games and contribute in a different way. I enjoyed being chef de mission to Team Singapore at the 2009 Asian Youth Games and I am privileged to reprise a similar role again. I hope to help our athletes realise their full potential at the SEA Games."

Kwee said: "The combination of both Wung Yew and Mark's experience as athletes, coaches and chefs de mission will bring tremendous value to Team Singapore. They are both excellent role models and have approachable personalities.

"More importantly, they have experienced first-hand what athletes go through at major Games. This is experience that will come in handy when helping athletes, especially debutants, to set the right stage to perform at the Games."