SINGAPORE - Despite stiff competition and the knowledge that they will be competing in what is expected to be a more hostile environment, the national swim team heading for the SEA Games remain quietly confident.
They were cheered on by family, officials and also the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu on Saturday (June 3) afternoon at the Bank of Singapore lounge at the National Stadium, where a flag presentation was held for those making the trip across the Causeway.
The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) is sending 73 athletes across five disciplines - swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, open-water swimming, water polo - to the Aug 19-30 Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Said Quah Ting Wen, chair of the SSA athletes' commission: "We're all very proud of what we did for the 2015 SE A Games. We're all competitive people and we want to carry that forward and hopefully do Singapore proud again in Kuala Lumpur."
The swimmers brought in a record haul of 23 golds at the 2015 Games on home soil, with the 2011 Palembang Games their best away showing with 17 golds from the discipline.
Added freestyle sprint queen Amanda Lim: "We've all grown a lot closer and we're very bonded as a team now. We'll just cheer each other on at the end of the day. That's what we need and what will drive us to swim faster."