Nine SIM University (UniSIM) students were part of Team Singapore competing against the best university student-athletes in the region at the recent 18th ASEAN University Games (AUG), with one of them winning a silver medal. Competitions in 16 different sports were held at various venues across Singapore, including the UniSIM campus, from 10 – 19 July 2016.
Mr Woon Teng Ng (Electronics programme) and Mr Kok Yong Jia (Sports and Physical Education with Management programme) participated in the Archery and Table Tennis events, respectively. Ms Grace Chua Hui Zhen (General Studies programme) and Mr Ashton Chen Yongzhao (Business programme) took part in Badminton; Mr Aizat Aizuddin bin Azral (Human Factors in Safety programme) and Mr Muhammad Faris bin Muhammad Zaki (Aerospace Systems programme) in Pencak Silat; and Mr Jordan Toh Yuexuan (Mathematics programme) and Mr Russell Leong Chee Wei (Electronics programme) in Volleyball. Ms Alexandra Jane Tan Yen Ling (Accountancy programme), a full-time UniSIM student, represented the nation in Swimming.
UniSIM, together with the other five local universities, partnered the Singapore Universities Sports Council to organise and host the AUG, which was last held in Singapore 22 years ago. The Games – organised biennially by members of the ASEAN University Sports Council on a rotational basis – brings together university student-athletes from all the 10 ASEAN member countries and candidate-nation Timor-Leste. UniSIM also led the branding and marketing component of the 18th AUG, which theme In Celebration of Diversity and Unity highlighted the unity and common goals that student-athletes share, with an emphasis on celebrating the youthfulness, energy and passion of the participants as they seek to excel in sports and build a stronger ASEAN community.
Grace did both Singapore and UniSIM proud with her silver medal win in the Badminton Women's Singles event, contributing to our country's fifth ranking in the medal table and tally of 24 gold medals, 20 silver medals and 29 bronze medals. The other UniSIM student-athletes also gave commendable performances, with Ashton, Aizat Aizuddin, Muhammad Faris and Yong Jia vying for the bronze medals in their events. Even though they did not win, they came away gaining valuable experience and making new friends, not just during the competitions but also at the many educational and recreational activities organised specially for the participants. The coming together of over 4,500 athletes, officials, volunteers and staff for a common purpose despite their language and cultural differences, and the showcase of the athletes' great teamwork, passion for their sport, integrity for fair play, and respect for fellow competitors, were what made the 18th AUG a huge success.
Dr Tan Eng Liang, Chairman of the AUG Organising Committee, said: "Yes, do play hard and fair on the field, but also do get to know your ASEAN neighbours off the field. The reward for this far outweighs the medal you wear around your neck at the end of the day."
Congratulations to UniSIM student Grace – Singapore's silver medallist in the Badminton Women's Singles final
(Photo: Yong Jie/ASEAN University Games 2016 Facebook).