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Former national swimmers Joscelin Yeo and Mark Chay face off in SSA elections

Once on the same team, former national swimmers Joscelin Yeo and Mark Chay are now in opposite camps as they face off for a key post in the Singapore Swimming Association's (SSA) elections on Friday.

SINGAPORE: Once on the same team, former national swimmers Joscelin Yeo and Mark Chay, are now in opposite camps as they face off for the Vice-President, Swimming post in the Singapore Swimming Association's (SSA) elections on Friday.

Joscelin Yeo is backing incumbent Lee Kok Choy's team, which has also roped in former Singapore Sports Council CEO, Oon Jin Teik.

Mark Chay meanwhile, is with current Singapore Bowling Federation President, Jessie Phua, as they campaign for a leadership change.

So why are the two former swimmers throwing their hats into the ring?

Mark Chay (MC): "The current executive committee has been given eight years to do a lot of things. I am not saying that they did a bad job, I am saying that perhaps new ideas have to be introduced in order to bring swimming to a higher level."

Joscelin Yeo (JY): " The athletes commission is something that has been in place already, given it's been a little bit quiet and non-existent for the last couple of years. But it's definitely something I want to resurrect."

How would their sporting experience give them an edge?

JY: "I have lived and trained overseas in different countries. It has given me access to understand different systems and what works in different places."

MC: "I have spent my whole life in Singapore. From a youth swimmer to going through school to secondary school, junior college all the way through my National Service, I know what it's like to swim in Singapore."


Would they still contribute to the sport should their team not win?

JY: "I would like to find a way. But again it's like you can talk to somebody but if they are not open to hearing it, then you don't get much going."

MC: "If either team should win, the one thing here is that Singapore aquatics has to be the eventual winner."

Whichever team wins, they have their work cut out for them as there will be high expectations with two major competitions  to focus on: the 2015 SEA Games, which Singapore will host, and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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