SEA Games: Shooting in Singapore to assess team’s performance in Hanoi, says SSA chief Vaz
HANOI – The Singapore Shooting Association (SSA) will undertake an internal review of its team’s performance in Hanoi and look for ways to improve its latest performance at the SEA Games.
The team won two gold medals in Hanoi – in the women’s 10m air pistol team (Teh Xiu Hong, Teo Shun Xie, Amanda Mak) and in the women’s 25m pistol events (Teh ). There were also three silver and three bronze medals.
But the country’s most prominent female airgun shooters didn’t have a good run in Vietnam. In the three-position 50m rifle individual events, two-time SEA Games gold medalist Martina Veloso could only win a bronze medal while veterans Jasmine Ser and Lim Yee Xien failed to win. reached the final.
In the 10m air rifle, the Republic was excluded from podium places in the individual category for the first time since the 2003 Games, which were also held in Vietnam. The team consisted of Adele Tan, 22, ranked 21st out of 50 competitors at the Tokyo Olympics last year; her sister Fernel, 19, and teammate Natanya Tan, 17 – both of whom were making their Games debuts.
But SSA chairman Michael Vaz insisted he was proud of the team’s performance under “difficult circumstances”.
He said: “The team has done well given the obstacles that have arisen. Of course, we’ll see how we can do better and identify areas for improvement, but overall I think we’ve had enough. well done to be proud of the performance.”
Vaz said one of the biggest obstacles was the lack of facilities. He shared that he had lobbied Sport Singapore for help in building an air rifle range and finals range – to simulate a competitive finals environment .
In Hanoi, the fencers contested 15 finals but came away with only five medals.
Vaz said: “I’ve been fighting for a long time to build a lineup of finals. It’s one thing to perform in qualifying and another to do it in a final. It’s like training for a race of 100m running in your garden or singing in your room in preparation for a concert at the national theatre, it’s not the same.
The National Shooting Center (NSC) at Old Choa Chu Kang Road is the only public facility that currently allows shotgun and 25m pistol shooting. All airgun and other pistol shooters must practice at Safra Yishun Shooting Range – where the SSA leases 20 lanes for the national team.
This meant shooters competing in multiple events and coaches had to shuttle between venues during daily practice sessions.
Lim Swee Hon hinted at it after his second place finish in the 25m Standard Pistol final on Sunday (May 22).