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Swimming: Lee banks on 'dream team'

The New Paper | Monday, Jun 9, 2014

Media conference introduces all members of the team being led by candidate Mr Lee Kok Choy (extreme left) who will be standing for elections at the Singapore Swimming Association Election of Office Bearers to be held on 13 June 2014.

SINGAPORE - There is the man with the Midas touch, an over-achiever, an award-winning former journalist turned expert fund-raiser, and multiple-gold medallists.

It is no wonder that Lee Kok Choy calls the combination of individuals - such as Oon Jin Teik, Jose Raymond and Joscelin Yeo - a "dream team" he has assembled for the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) elections next Friday.

SSA presidential candidate Lee unveiled his team (see sidebar) at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, after meeting the nomination deadline yesterday.

The 62-year-old SSA secretary-general, who helped build diving into a medal-winning sport at last year's South-east Asia Games, said: "In our team are people who are committed to making a difference, and also people who can work with each other very well.

"We believe we can build upon what the previous administration has achieved so far with a fresh team and a few stalwarts. We can bring it to a much-higher level."

With the slogan "Every Singaporean a Swimmer", Lee wants to engage all the stakeholders - such as athletes, affiliates, sponsors and parents - in the fraternity to move the sport forward.

Lee acknowledged there is room for improvement on the work done by the current executive committee, led by the outgoing president Jeffrey Leow. He was surprisingly left out of Lee's line-up.

While SSA has generally excelled, there were at times discontent within the community over certain policies and selection processes.

Lee said: "A lot of it is down to better communication, better understanding and consultation.

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