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9 April 2009, 02:58 pm
The Search For Asian Youth Games Sailors Is On
Byte sailor Airiel Ruth HO
Byte sailor Airiel Ruth HO

Singapore National Youth Championship 2009
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The selection process for sailors to represent Singapore at the inaugural 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009 has commenced.
The 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009 (AYG) will be held from 29 June-7 July 2009 in Singapore. The sailing events for 14 and 15 year olds will be held at the National Sailing Centre. With preliminary entries rolling in, organizers are expecting a good turnout of up to 70 sailors from 18 countries from throughout Asia.

The four sailing events and equipment for the 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore are:

One person dinghy boys - Byte CII
One person dinghy girls - Byte CII
Windsurfing boys - Techno 293
Windsurfing girls - Techno 293

The Byte CII and Techno 293 were chosen as equipment by ISAF for the four sailing events at the Youth Olympic Games to be also held in Singapore in August 2010.

The first nomination event which concluded last week, Pattaya Windsurfing Cup, attracted six AYG eligible sailors contending to represent Singapore in the AYG windsurfing boys and girls events.

In the boy's category, a tight tussle unfolded between Chuah JUN LER, 14 of Juying Secondary School and Jeddy TAN, 15 of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent). Both windsurfers were tied on points with JUN LER edging a spot ahead on countback with a better scored last race. Audrey YONG, 14, of Mayflower Secondary School finished as the top Singapore performer in the girls category.

Sixteen Byte CII sailors will compete in the nomination event which starts tomorrow. Recently crowned Byte national youth champion, Terence Choo JIAN JIE, 14, from Raffles Institution, who was the runner up at this year's Asia Pacific Byte CII Championship is one to look out for in the boy's category. However, he would have to ward off close competitors such as Darren CHOY (second in the Byte class at the National Youth Championship, Optimist SEA Games silver medallist and World Team Racing medallist) and Nathan TANG (third in the Byte class at the National Youth Championship).

In the girl's category, Airiel Ruth HO, 14 from Raffles Girls' School, is also in excellent form. She finished as the top female Byte sailor at the recent National Youth Championship and fifth at the Asia Pacific Byte CII Championship. But she might not have it all her own way with tough competition expected from other sailors such as Koh Ling YING and Najwa JUMALI (Laser 4.7 Silver medallist at the Asian Sailing Championship), both whom were top flight Optimist national sailors and who recently moved over to the Byte class.

SingaporeSailing's selection panel will deliberate on the results and performances in these nomination events and the other criteria as set out in SingaporeSailing's selection policy before submitting the names of the nominated athletes to Singapore National Olympic Council by 30 April 2009.

Find out more about the selection trials and the 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009 at www.sailing.org.sg.
Ho Shu Fen
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