BISP wins 2 Medals at SEA Age Championships
British International School Phuket (BISP) high performance swimmers competed from June 6th to 9th, at the Southeast Asian Age (SEA) Championships which were held in Singapore at the Singapore Sports School. 10 countries took part in the fastest youth swimming event in all of South East Asia. BISP High Performance Swim Academy had three swimmers and their coach called up for team selection, with 16 year old Alethea Toh representing Team Singapore, 18 year old Jethro Chua and 17 year old Roxanne Yu representing Team Philippines. Coach Simon Jones was selected as one of the Philippine national coaches for this event.
All three swimmers had a busy week of racing having qualified for multiple events, and it was Yu who stole the show winning a Silver in the 200m Backstroke in another Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifying time of 2min 19.54, and placing third in the 100m Backstroke in further YOG qualifying time of 1min 05.28. Yu also competed in the 50m Backstroke swimming a 31.07.
Her teammate, Chua, swam the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle, swimming 25.17, 53.97 and 1min 56.15 respectively with the 200m Free a YOG qualifer. He also competed in the 200m IM swimming a time of 2min 18.76. Representing Singapore and coming off a heavy IGCSE exam schedule, year 11 student, Toh, swam a best time of 28.91 in the 50m Fly event followed by a 1min 04.8 on the 100m Fly hitting two more Youth Olympic qualifying times in the process.
In total BISP swimmers hit six YOG qualifying standards by the end of the competition.
Immediately following up her success at the Southeast Asian Age Championships, Toh is currently representing Singapore once more at the TYR 2nd SEA Swimming Championships at the new Singapore Sports Hub complex.
This meet showcased the new facility that will become Singapore’s premier swim facility in preparation for the 2015 SEA
Games in which BISP aims to place a number of its high performance swimmers on their respective national teams.
BISP High Performance Swim Academy now has four swimmers having accomplished the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifying timesfor the competition in Nanjing, China this summer, and the decision on selection for the Games will be made by FINA (the world’s swimming governing body) by the 25th June. Any queries to Simon Jones via [email protected]