I have seen them in action on TV, watching them compete against world’s best athletes and cheering for them on my sofa.. but never this close. I got to interview Feng Tian Wei and Tao Li face-to-face!
I was at the Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme (MAP) and Team Singapore (TS) Appreciation Dinner on Wed, 17 Sept to celebrate the athletes’ outstanding achievements at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The event was held at the Singapore Flyer and was attended by athletes, coaches, officials, partners and sponsors to commemorate Singapore’s historic win in clinching its second Olympic medal in history.
I saw Li Jia Wei, Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei, Tao Li, Koh Seng Leong, Lee Wung Yew, James Wong, Tan Howe Liang, etc etc.. It was like a sporting version of the Oscars!
We also met one volunteer who helped us at the MYMCA event – Darren from Canberra Sec School that evening. We found out that he’s one of TS Young Team Singapore Ambassadors (YTSA).
The highlight for the evening was when Guest-of-Honour, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Defence and President, Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) presented the Women Table Tennis Olympic team medalists with a $750,000 cash award in recognition of their victorious feat at the Games.