Brunei swimmers grab medals, achieve personal bests at Singapore meet

A TEAM of eight swimmers from Brunei-based Peak Performance Swim Club (PPSC) competed in the 4th CSC Super Junior Swimming Invitational Meet in Singapore recently.

The competition, held from July 6-7, attracted over 700 swimmers from 34 clubs, comprising 20 local clubs from Singapore and 14 teams from China, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. Regional swimmers aged between eight to 12 competed in a timed final format over the two-day event.

Zeke Chan, 12, was the top performer for PPSC team with personal best times achieved in all 10 events competed. He won two silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke events, and two bronze medals in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke events.

Zeke, who had just returned from representing Brunei at the Southeast Asia Age Group swimming competition in Cambodia last week, continued his fine form under the customised long-term development and training programme set by PPSC Team Coach Victor Tan.

Zeke’s other teammates in the PPSC elite squad – Hayley Wong, 11, Megan Lee, 10, Emma Chua, 10, Kayleigh Ang, 9, Eva McCartney, 8, Joric Ho, 8, and Danniel Chan, 8, achieved many personal best times in the highly competitive international swim meet.

ABOVE & BELOW: PPSC Team Coach Victor Tan with a swimmer during warm-up sessions; and Hayley Wong competes in the 100m Breaststroke event

Hayley Wong won a silver medal in the 100m Butterfly event along with two bronze medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly events. She finished with times in the top 10 for her other events.

Kayleigh Ang and Danniel Chan each won a bronze medal in the 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle events respectively.

Team manager for PPSC Pamela Lin expressed her delight and satisfaction for the swimmers’ performance this year. She said, “The level of competition and participation in Singapore swim competitions have increased significantly in recent years. This competition which is held at the CSC where Joseph Schooling trained in his earlier years has attracted more participation from international clubs from the region.

“Several swimmers like Zeke and Hayley who had participated in last year’s competition at the same venue but did not win any medals then, returned this year with a much improved showing with their respective podium position finishes. This shows the talent and quality of training for Brunei swimmers are at par with the best swimmers from the region.”

Coach Victor agreed, saying, “With the right training programmes, the right facilities and most importantly the commitment from the swimmers and their parents, Brunei swimmers can excel, as we have proven today in an international competition like this.”