120 Fresh Young Faces!

We're raring to go!

We're raring to go!

No it wasn’t any magazine/newspaper search for the next hot thing.

Instead, the Youth Sports Presenters for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) were introduced to the world on 23 October at Cathay Orchard Cineleisure.

They were not selected for their pretty faces. Instead, they were handpicked based on their presentation skills, vocal quality and personality.

Aged 13-29, these presenters will bring their own personality and spice to YOG sports events in August 2010. They will be seen and heard at competition venues as announcers, commentators, hosts and mascot talent.

The selection process was not easy as Mark Richmond and team from the Sports Presentation Division had to sieve out these young talents from an initial group of 500 hopefuls. Through a series of 10 training camps held between Dec 08 and Mar 09, the final 120 was shortlisted.

If you find them familiar, some of them had already made their debut at the Junior Hockey World Cup in June and the Asian Youth Games in July.

With less than a year to the Games, the presenters have a lot of hard work ahead of them. They will be practicing and honing their sports presentation skills at various sporting events and exercises. You might even spot them at the next football match you go to.

Hear what some of them have to say as they begin their journey to the Games:

Cleo Chew, “What really got me is that this is the first YOG, it is quite cool to be part of history. This is a first for me, to be able to interact with international youth athletes and huge crowds. I’ve learnt how to handle spontaneous situations and pressure during competitions.”

Adam Osman, “I’m a big sports fan, I play sports, but I don’t think I will be able to become a professional athlete. It is an amazing experience to become a sports presenter, it is the next best thing for me.”

List of sports presenters (Sports, Name, Age)

ATHLETICS Alexis Fan 25
Kimberly Wang 18
Matthew Goh 18
Matthew Liu 20
Michelle Sng (Team Leader)
Stephanie Leong 15
BADMINTON Aishwarya Chand 14
Gabriel Lue 20
Ilene Fong 13
Nikhil Anggapan (Team Leader) 13
Nur Sheereen Bte Amran 14
BASKETBALL Darshen Kunasheran 16
Julius Tan 18
Ysabel Yaneza 15
Sri Rathi Mei Ling 26
Stephanie Siow (Team Leader) 16
Vincent Lim 24
BOXING Amira Tamiri 19
Andrea Flavia William 17
Goh Jun Yi 21
Kristopher Fu (Team Leader) 18
Nuraishah Binte Ibrahim 21
Yuvan Mohan 21
CYCLING Amirah Harith 18
Danial Yeap Bin Jamal 19
Faroz Marzoki (Team Leader) 21
Nadia Ahmad Samdin 19
Vanessa Ho 18
DIVING Emiline Elangovan 14
Gloria Ang 16
Jody Hong (Team Leader) 15
Yuen De Wei 19
EQUESTRIAN Chew Yi Jun (Team Leader) 18
Kathleen Tan 18
Yang Hui Chun 18
Yang Hui Yu 18
FENCING Benjamin Leow 17
Evia Natra Bte Anuwar 17
Felicia Low (Team Leader) 19
Rahayu Amirah 13
Yustynn Panicker 16
FOOTBALL Adam Osman (Team Leader) 23
Alexandra Hemmer 15
Mansoor Amir 20
Najid Sultan 20
Muhd Nurafiq Bin Samsudin 24
Sri Ranjini Mei Hua 25
GYMNASTICS Akif Halqi 13
Cleo Chew 16
Gloria Ang 16
Nawal Alhaddad 20
Nazyra Binte Suhairi 17
Yap Cheng Boon (Team Leader) 27
HANDBALL Fitri Anugerah 18
Kelly Latimer 22
Marlene Tan 19
Melvin Chong (Team Leader) 20
Najid Sultan 20
Yap Zhi Wen 15
HOCKEY Barbara Latimer (Team Leader) 18
Caleb Lim 17
Emelyn Ang 19
Lisa Loh 19
Muhd Syihabuddin BA (Bob) 18
Nur Hadziqah 14
JUDO Isaac Neo (Team Leader) 16
Ariel Tee 16
Rachel Ang 15
Zachary Ng 17
Melissa Teo 20
MODERN PENATHLON Adam Osman (Team Leader) 23
Deborah Choo (Team Leader) 20
Victoria Chen 16
Sanjeev Menon 15
Abigail Chng 16
ROWING/CANOEING Chia Dezhong 17
Felicia Ng 17
Keley Tan (Team Leader) 20
Oswald Yeo 17
Sathyavani Krishnan 15
Siti Mariam 22
SAILING Matthew Liu 20
Sri Rathi Mei Ling 26
Heidi Chan 16
Griselda Khng (Team Leader) 19
Sri Ranjini Mei Hua 25
SHOOTING Marcus Yew 22
Yuvan S/O Mohan (Team Leader) 21
Sherilyn Liew 15
Zhang Shi Jia 16
SWIMMING Irfaizah Tukiman 22
Kelly Latimer 22
Marcus Yew 22
Adam Osman (Team Leader) 23
Aldea Zhang 16
TABLE TENNIS Sherah Tan 16
Fatin Halina 16
Ainiah Raquib 17
Sim Xiangli 20
Fung Fun Man (Team Leader) 24
Nicholas Lui 16
TAEKWONDO Gaurav Jaiswal 16
Nicole Lim (Team Leader) 20
Tang Rei-En 16
Woo Su Xian 14
Vincent Lim 24
TENNIS Jeannette Ke (Team Leader) 20
Ajay Singh Panoo 14
Linette Lin 21
Mansoor Amir 20
Chelsea Chia 16
TRIATHLON Michelle Verma (Team Leader) 23
Joash Chong 18
Veronica Tang 20
Kelly Low 29
VOLLEYBALL Cleo Chew 16
Firdaus Firlany 15
Kenneth Foo (Team Leader) 19
Syuhaidah Bacon 16
Syahidah Johari 19
Sonjia Yam 16
WEIGHTLIFTING Siti Nur Atiqah 15
Cheryl Lew 16
Deepa DO Chandra Pillai 19
Yuen De Wei 19
Adam Esoof Piperdy (Team Leader) 19
WRESTLING Jinnie Chew (Team Leader) 18
Fiona Loh 15
Isaac Neo 15
Rubini Nathan 17
Warrick Wee 20
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