Changes are set to be made after the announcement of a new technical director for the Singapore swim team. Briton Ian Turner has been appointed as the technical director and head coach of the Singapore swimming team. He will be replacing Ang Peng Siong, who has been guiding the team as the head coach for the past four years.
Ian’s duty will be to develop and implement a National High Performance Swimming Plan for Singapore swimming. This also includes upscaling coaches as well as coaching local swimmers. Ian has indicated that Singapore is already a developed swimming nation. He believes that this will enable him to implement significant changes very quickly, without going through too much hassle.
For now, Ian’s priority is to improve Singapore’s Asian ranking in the swimming department. At the same time, he also feels strongly about setting goals that are realistic for the next Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Many of us Singaporeans would have heard of the name, Tao Li before. She is our very own national swim star, who is in fact, Ian’s former protege. There were quite a high amount of uncertainties surrounding her after this year’s London Olympics 2012. Nonetheless, she has officially announced her plans in continuing to represent Singapore in the 2016 Olympics. The best part is that she will remain in Singapore for her training. This will give her an opportunity to link up with Ian once again.
Ian has declared that Singapore Swimming cannot expect him to produce instant results. He explained that the nurturing of young swimmers is a built-in process and it also requires a certain amount of time before results can be seen. As mentioned, Ian will be taking over the helm from Ang Peng Siong, who was also a national swimmer for Singapore previously. Ang Peng Siong has decided to step down from his post after four years due to various reasons. Some of which includes his passion to return to working with swimming clubs as well as his desire to spend more time with his family. For the full story, you can read it from here.
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