Commonwealth Games gold medalists coming to Singapore
Singapore, 8 August 2014 - Spectators are in for a treat as Sports Swim Organisation today confirmed that several gold medalists from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be heading to Singapore for the inaugural Prudential Singapore Swim Stars to be held September 5 - 7.
Sports Swim Organisation received a boost today with one of Singapore’s leading life insurance companies, Prudential Singapore, committing to the event as Title Sponsor. The sponsorship enables Sports Swim Organisation to add to the stellar cast of invited swimmers, and Prudential is enhancing the event by involving Singapore’s kids and adults via the Prudential Swim Stars Kids Clinic & Relay Swim Off and the Prudential Swim Stars Open Water Swim. These fringe events will see the swim stars conducting swim clinics at selected schools around the island before culminating in a relay swim-off featuring both the Swim Stars and their charges at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
“The Prudential Singapore Swim Stars will bring people together through a spectacular display of sporting excellence with world-class swimming champions in Singapore, and also gives an opportunity to kids and adults alike to participate and learn from the best. This event aligns with our commitment to inspire and encourage healthy, active lifestyles in Singapore,” said Tomas Urbanec, Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Singapore.
The three-day swim festival features some of the world’s best swimmers and starts off with a first-of-its kind competition on September 5 at the spectacular new venue, the OCBC Aquatic Center, in Singapore.
Fresh from winning individual gold medals in Glasgow, rising stars Ben Proud (ENG) and Ross Murdoch (SCO) will be competing in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke respectively, and remind the world again of their extraordinary talent. Murdoch also rewrote the Games record in his gold medal swim in the 200m Breaststroke. Other young British stars to join the line-up include; 19-year-old Adam Peaty (ENG), who will undoubtedly give Murdoch, and all other 100m Breaststroke finalists confirmed thus far, a run for their money; Georgia Davies (WAL), who will take to the pool in Singapore for the 100m Backstroke; and Sophie Taylor (ENG), yet another teenager who’s made the swimming world sit up and take notice with her gold medal swim in the 100m Breaststroke. Veteran, Francesca Halsall (ENG), who set two Games records in Glasgow completes the list of British stars for the Singapore Swim Stars. Halsall will compete in the 50 and 100m Freestyle in Singapore.
The Australian swim team showed they are back to their winning best with several gold medals earned at the Commonwealth Games. Emily Seebohm, Leiston Pickett and James Magnussen are among the Australian stars heading to Singapore after their recent efforts in Glasgow. Seebohm will compete in the 100m Backstroke, Pickett in the 100m Breaststroke, and Magnussen in the 50m and 100m Freestyle when they come to Singapore in just under a month.
“The calibre of swimmers we have is astounding. Never before have we seen so many gold medalists in the same pool in Singapore. This is really encouraging and validates our objectives in the first place – to create a new swimming event that will attract some of the brightest swim stars in the world.
We are very grateful for the partnership with Prudential. They have been incredibly supportive of our event from Day 1 of our discussions and were also keen to work with us to reach out to the local community via our swim clinics and other initiatives,” said Mr Stephan Caron, two-time Olympic Medalist and Co-founder, Sports Swim Organisation.
Other sponsors confirmed for this star-studded event include Speedo, Coca- Cola, Marina Bay Sands, Über, Zenith, and Sport SG as Supporter in Sports Promotion.
Tickets to the Singapore Swim Stars start from $30 and are available at www.sportshubtix.sg. Ticket can also be purchased in person at Singpost outlets and at the Box Office at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
About Prudential Singapore Swim Stars
Held from 5 – 7 September, the Prudential Singapore Swim Stars is a three-day swim festival that includes an unprecedented competition format involving some of the world’s best swimmers from 17 different countries, a synchronised swimming showcase as well as swimming clinics conducted by the swimmers and an open water event for the community.
The Prudential Singapore Swim Stars kicks off with the thrilling inaugural oneday swimming event involving some of the world’s best sprinters at the OCBC Aquatic Center. Doing away with the traditional heats, eight of the best swimmers in the world for each swim stroke will feature in direct finals in 100m events. The OCBC Aquatic Center will also see of the fastest men and women in the 50m Freestyle take on each other in semi-finals with the two fastest swimmers go head-to-head in a showdown.
Aside from all the competitive action in the pool, there will also be a whole host of fringe activities for swim fans over the weekend. Spectators at the event will be able to catch one of the world's top Synchronised Swimming teams from France during the festival. And on Saturday, 6 September, the swim stars will also conduct swim clinics at selected schools around the island before culminating in a relay swim-off featuring both the Swim Stars and their charges at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. This will be a relay both the Swim Stars and the children will never forget. The local community will also be able to put their swimming prowess to the test at an Open Water Challenge over two categories (800m and 4km) to be held at the Sea Sports Center (Changi Coast Walk) on Sunday, 7 September.
Prudential Singapore Swim Stars Challenge & Synchronised Swimming Show
Date: Friday, 5 September 2014
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue: OCBC Aquatic Centre
Prudential Singapore Swim Stars Kids Clinics & Relay Swim-Off
Date: Saturday, 6 September 2014
Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Venue: Various Schools & OCBC Aquatic Centre
Prudential Singapore Swim Stars Open Water
Date: Sunday, 7 September 2014
Time: 08:00am to 11:00am
Venue: Sea Sports Center (Changi Coast Walk)
About Prudential Assurance Company Singapore (Pte) Limited (Prudential Singapore)
Prudential Singapore, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Prudential plc, is one of the top life insurance companies in Singapore. We have been serving the financial and protection needs of Singaporeans for more than 80 years. Our focus is to bring well-rounded financial solutions to customers through our multi-channel distribution network, with product offerings in Protection, Savings and Investment. We are one of the market leaders in Protection, Savings and Investment-linked plans with over S$25 billion funds under management as at 31 December 2013.
Prudential Singapore is the first life insurer in Singapore to be named Asia's Life Insurance Company of the Year in 2000. For ten consecutive years until 2013, we have been awarded the Gold Award in Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands and we achieved the May Day Model Partnership Award in 2009. In 2010, we emerged as one of the top insurers in Singapore in the Customer Satisfaction Index, which is a national barometer that tracks 104 companies from eight sectors. Since 2007, we have been conferred the People Developer Award by SPRING Singapore for our efforts in training and developing employees and in 2013 and 2014, we were presented with Asia’s Employer of the Year Brand Award by the Branding Institute and the World HRD Congress. Also in 2014, Prudential Singapore was awarded the NTUC Plaque of Commendation (Gold) Award, the Leading HR Practices Award in Quality Work-Life, Physical & Mental Well-Being and an AA Financial Strength Rating by leading credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.
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