Singapore athletes arrive in Surrey as countdown begins to London 2012
27 July 2011
Shooting athletes from Team Singapore have arrived at Surrey Sports Park as the one-year countdown to London 2012 begins.
Two times Commonwealth gold and silver medallist Jasmine Ser arrived in Surrey along with fellow shooters Poh Lip Meng, Gai Bin and Lim Swee Hon for the first of two pre-games training camps held in Surrey before the London Games.
The team will be joined by their badminton and table tennis counterparts on Sunday 31 July, and will spend the next three weeks staying and training at Surrey Sports Park and Bisley National Shooting Centre.
Upon arriving Singapore’s Jasmine Ser said,”Training here in Surrey this week will help us prepare for next summer’s Olympic Games and help all the athletes know what to expect when we arrive again to train next year.
“All the facilities at Surrey Sports Park are located together which helps with our intensive training as everything is easily accessible which enables us to focus more on our training.”
Paul Blanchard, Surrey Sports Park CEO said, “Today is certainly a landmark day, with one year until the start of the London 2012 Olympics and the first athletes from Singapore arriving here at Surrey Sports Park to begin their pre-games training.
“Over the next three weeks we will welcome over 40 athletes and officials from Team Singapore to the Sports Park, and during this period we aim to ensure the team’s training, accommodation and nutritional requirements are fully met.
“Over the coming year we will welcome back athletes from Singapore, Antigua and Barbuda and Nigeria, and we aim to play a key role in the successful preparations of all the teams for London 2012.”
Singapore are the first of the confirmed nations to train in Surrey ahead of London 2012, with athletes from Antigua and Barbuda and Nigeria also set to use Surrey venues including Surrey Sports Park and the Guildford Spectrum for training preparations.
Events took place across London today to mark one year until London 2012, with the Aquatics Centre the latest venue on the Olympic site to be completed.
Picture courtesy of SSC.