Swim clubs come together to support Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation to create record

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Swim Clubs support Splash for Singapore

Three Singaporean swim clubs will be supporting the Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation (CSTSF) in its inaugural ‘Splash for Singapore 2017 – Care, Share and Swim Week” to help raise $48,000 for under-resourced Singaporean athletes.

The CSTSF, which was launched in March 2017, will also aim to get into the Singapore Book of Records for one of the activities as part Splash for Singapore 2017.

The trio of clubs – Aquatic Performance Swim Club (APSC), Ace Swim Club (ACE) and Polo Water Polo Academy – will be leading the “Splash for Singapore 2017 – Care, Share and Swim Week” which will take place between 24 and 30 December 2018.

Said Mr U.K. Shyam, organising committee chairman for the fund-raiser: “The week-long activities in the pool will not only bring many swimmers together, but it will bring them together for a good cause to help raise funds for our beneficiaries. It will also be an excellent opportunity for the sports fraternity to connect with the Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation, so that we can foster long term relationships for future projects.”

Said Managing Director of APSC, Mr Ang Peng Siong, who is also Chairman of the Board of the CSTSF: “The week-long activities are meant to foster a spirit of camaraderie and care in the sports fraternity for Singaporean athletes who are under-resourced. It is a perfect way to end the year, in what has been a wonderful and historic year for the Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation.”

As part of its support for “Splash for Singapore 2017”, APSC will organise a mass swim for 150 of its swimmers on 24 December from 6.30am to 9.30am at the Farrer Park Aquatic Complex.

ACE, a club which will turn 20-years-old in 2018, will be having 150 of its swimmers support the event on 30 December 2017 from 4pm to 7pm at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex.

Said Ms Lim Lee Eng, the Managing Director of ACE, “This is a good cause for us to support and we are glad to be part of it. Thanks to our wonderful swim parents for supporting and contributing to this good cause.”

In addition to the mass swim, ACE will also hold a mini-carnival on the day of the event to raise more funds from sales of food and drinks items.

Pacer Water Polo Academy, yet another Singapore Swimming Association affiliate, will take care of the logistics for the Foundation’s attempt to get into the Singapore Book of Records

Said Mr Ting Wai Piew, Managing Director of Pacer: “We need to get 200 participants or more to tread water for five minutes on 30 Dec 2017 at 5.30pm at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex. This is a unique fund-raising opportunity and we would like to invite as many people as possible to support us as we attempt to put the Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation into the Singapore Book of Records.”

The series of events throughout the week will be used to raise funds for the CSTSF’s “Cooking Matters” programme and to also raise awareness about the need for water safety.

Said Mr Jose Raymond, Vice-Chairman of the CSTSF, and Vice-President (Partnerships) of the Singapore Swimming Association: “Mr Chiam was an avid swimmer who was coached by none other than Peng Siong’s father Mr Ang Teck Bee when he was in school. Swimming is one of Singapore’s most popular sports and we would like to encourage other swim schools or clubs to come forward to support us as we raise funds to help under-resourced children and athletes. Together, we can do a lot more for our fellow Singaporean community.”

The series of events will be kicked off by Aquatic Performance Swim Club by their mass swim event on 24 December, and will culminate with the attempt to get into the Singapore Book of Records by getting 200 participants to tread water for 5 minutes.

Clubs or schools which want to support the CSTSF Splash for Singapore 2017 can either email info@chiamseetongsf.org or call 639311178 during office hours from Monday to Friday to register interest.

About the Cooking Matters programme

The Cooking Matters is a programme to help families of under-resourced, young sports-persons to budget, plan and prepare proper nutritional meals. This programme is important because implementing a workable budget is perhaps the single most important thing an under-resourced family can do to get control of their money.

Proper budgeting (by giving them an increased understanding of their incomes and expenditures) has proven to move such families’ financial situations from one of weekly deficit to break-even or even surplus. Nutrition is an important part of sports performance for young athletes as it aids for optimal growth and development. Macronutrients, micronutrients and fluids in the proper amounts are essential to provide energy for growth and activity.

To optimize performance, young athletes need to learn what, when and how to eat and drink before, during and after activity. Cooking Matters, is a 6-weeks programme covering topics such as identifying needs and wants, basic budgeting, value of reading and comparing food labels and prices, and tips on how to cook a well-balanced meal.