Yeo first Dragon to earn Singapore National Swim Team cap
By Taylor Smith, Head Swim Coach, East Campus
It was a year of ups and downs for Kelly Yeo (currently in Grade 11), but in true style she stayed focused on her goals even when the going was tough. After narrowly missing the SEASAC team in 2017, Kelly was determined to show everyone the meaning of grit and resilience. At Singapore National Age Groups in March, she swam her fastest 50m breaststroke to date, which subsequently earned her a place in the Singapore National squad, who will be competing at the South East Asian (SEA) Age Group Championships in Brunei in November.
Kelly is officially the first Dragon to earn a Singapore cap in swimming, and the coaches are delighted. Kelly stated, "I am motivated to train harder than ever and I would like to thank the coaching staff for always believing in me." It is hoped that Kelly's achievement will be the catalyst for the other Singaporean (of which there are very few) and expat swimmers to reach the international stage.
We have had athletes compete on the national/international stage, but I am delighted that Kelly has made this step for this great country. As a coach, I am passionate about helping Singapore reach its performance targets and hope that we can prove to the local population that we truly care about this amazing country which we call home.
Congratulations, Kelly! UWCSEA will be cheering you, every step of they way.