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S'pore windsurfers eye gold medal at 2015 SEA Games

The Singapore Sailing Federation is targeting one gold medal from windsurfing at the 2015 SEA Games.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Sailing Federation is targeting one gold medal from windsurfing at the 2015 SEA Games.

They came close to achieving that at the 2013 Games in Myanmar where they clinched a silver and bronze.

Sixteen-year old Ynez Lim was the silver medallist in the RS:One Class at last year's SEA Games.

At the Singapore Open Windsurfing Championship, the St Anthony's Canossian School student earned a Youth Olympics country qualification spot, with her third place finish in the Techno 293 class.

There will be another qualifier in March to decide Singapore's final representative at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China.

Lim, the front-runner amongst three candidates, stands a strong chance.

And if she makes the cut for Nanjing, her YOG experience will definitely come in handy when she guns for gold in 2015 on home territory.

For now, Lim is hoping that the RS:One Class category will be included in the 2015 SEA Games.

"For (the 2015) SEA Games, I hope that the class that they have is going to be to my advantage – the RS:One (Class) which I sailed in SEA Games (last year)," said Lim.

Wallace Gan, another SEA Games medal hopeful, failed to make the cut for the YOG qualifiers.

Gan and Lim, are among a group of seven windsurfers being groomed for the 2015 SEA Games.

Apart from them, Singapore Sailing wants to recruit youngsters as young as 10 years old, for the Junior or Under 16 category in 2015.

The Singapore Sailing Federation plans to roll out the programme to reach out to schools by next week.

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