On 3 December 2022, Singapore Rowing attended the Asian Rowing Federation (ARF) 2022 Ordinary Congress in Thailand.
Congratulations to the newly elected ARF team for 2022 to 2026, led by incoming president Chen Chunxin, who is also vice president of the China Rowing Association.
We are also proud that Singapore's own Nicholas Ee was awarded the ARF Medal of Honour, in recognition of his long and meritorious service to the development of rowing throughout Asia. We would also like to express our deepest appreciation for his work in developing rowing in Singapore and the region.
We are thankful to have met other rowing associations in the region and to learn from their experience in areas such as talent and infrastructure development. We are delighted that Semun Oh, vice president of the Asian Rowing Federation and president of the Korea Rowing Association, has offered to conduct training exchanges with Singapore and we look forward to collaborating soon.
The congress was also attended by the World Rowing Federation president Jean-Christophe Rolland, who has connected Singapore Rowing with various global experts to support in areas including:
Through attending the congress and the concurrent Asian Rowing Championships 2022, Singapore Rowing has gained insights into the infrastructure required for training and competition facilities. Essential facilities include a boat house, a finishing tower, and a grandstand. Supporting facilities include a food establishment, an accommodation block, meeting areas and an area for unloading vehicles. These facilities have to be scaled with the number of athletes participating in the competition.
One inspiring story we heard was of Iran, which began their rowing journey 15 years ago. Without a rowing boat or facility, they started their talent development programme and identified talent from secondary schools with support from their Ministry of Education. They scouted for talent with both the physical and mental aptitude for rowing. Since then, their rowing scene has grown, and Iran's 13 athletes won 8 medals at this year's Asian championships from 30 November to 4 December.
Singapore Rowing also participated in the championships, which were held at the Royal Thai Navy Rowing Centre in Ban Chang, Rayong Province, Thailand. We competed in various events and learnt from other athletes.
The ARF Ordinary Congress and Asian Rowing Championships were overall an insightful and good learning experience for Singapore Rowing. We deeply cherish the ties and friendships built with various rowing organisations we met.
Written by Head (Facilities) Lee Kian Chong
Former Singapore Sports Council CEO Oon Jin Teik has been appointed as advisor to Singapore Rowing with effect from November 5. Mr Oon is also a former CEO of the Singapore Sports Hub and and an Olympic swimmer in his earlier days.
In his role, he will guide our new leadership in defining the future state of the sport in Singapore, establishing roadmaps for talent development and sporting excellence, and serving stakeholders of the wider sports ecosystem.
Read the full news release below.
Singapore Rowing is looking for a new logo, and you can help.
We're throwing this wide open: It can be a completely brand new design, with no reference to the old one.
We only ask that the new logo represent - as best as possible - Singapore Rowing's core identity and purpose, which is to be:
Inclusive: We want to share our love for rowing with people of all backgrounds, whether able or adaptive; and at levels from recreational to representing Singapore.
Innovative: We want to create more opportunities for people to access the benefits of rowing in novel, exciting ways - be it at home, in the gym, from the beach or out at open sea.
How do you think all of this looks like in a logo? Email us your design(s) at email@example.com before 31st January 2023.
Our exco will pick the 5 best designs and put them up for public voting on our social media channels.
Terms and Conditions
1. The design needs to incorporate 3 elements:
3. You may submit multiple entries, either in one email or throughout the submission period.
4. Singapore Rowing reserves the right to withhold the prizes if there are fewer than 20 entries, each deemed by Singapore Rowing to be of sufficient standard and quality.
5. All decisions by SRA are final.
6. The winner will need to provide high-resolution .ai and .pdf files of their design.
7. All rights of the winning design will be assigned to Singapore Rowing. The logo will be used on rowing attire, merchandise, communications material and such.
8. The winning designer may identify themselves as the creator of the logo, and use it for their own non-commercial purposes.