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Swimming: SSA new leaders set priorities

New Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) chief Lee Kok Choy said he will be consultative as he started his first day as president.

SINGAPORE: New Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) chief Lee Kok Choy said he will be consultative as he started his first day as president.

The former national swimmer was speaking on the sidelines of the Southeast Asian Swimming Championships at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Lee edged Singapore Bowling Federation chief Jessie Phua in a tightly contested election on Friday.

To ensure there is full buy-in to the new leadership's ideas, he said the team would work closely with the entire swimming fraternity.

Issues such as selection policy and communication nodes remain, but Lee said these will be dealt with systematically and quickly, where possible.

Mr Lee said: "The time it takes to consult and to have a common agreement on direction slows down the actual implementation of some of the solutions, but we have to do it. If we do not consult, we will again allow disagreements that could become termed as divides."

Lee believes the Southeast Asian Swimming Championships comes at a perfect time, a day after gruelling elections.

The championships will be a platform for the new executive committee to engage affiliates, many of whom are not entirely on board, just yet.

Samuel Wong, vice president (water polo) at SSA said: "First of all, we believe in clear policy communication. Most important is that when we promise, we must deliver o that is a clear message that we're driving across to the affiliate members. In short, communication is one of the first priorities for us."

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