By Jason Cai & Joshua Tan
Singapore's flag-bearer for next month's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne is a familiar name but Lee Wung Yew makes it a point to reinvent himself constantly as a competitor. The question is whether staying updated in a quest for constant improvement is enough as he faces world class shooters like Olympic champion Michael Diamond and Olympic bronze medallist Adam Vella.
Whatever, one can count on Wung Yew, who was also Singapore's flag-bearer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, to give of his very best. His record is impressive.For a start, in terms of participation, he has few peers among Team Singapore athletes. Among other competitions, he has taken part in two Olympics, three Commonwealth Games, four Asian Games and 10 SEA Games. He is also a multiple SEA Games gold medallist and has done well in major championships at the Asian level and beyond.In Melbourne, the two-time Sportsman of the Year, who will lead the Singapore contingent at the opening ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 15, will take part in the single and double trap events. The goal? A place in the Top 6 to qualify for the finals.
As he heads for Melbourne, we are reminded of what he always tells Team Singapore when asked what keeps him going even after all these years: "My love for the sport, full stop. If you do it for other reasons, you won't stay for long. The desire to do well must come from within yourself."Indeed, since he started at 15 through the influence of his father who was a member of the Singapore Gun Club, Wung Yew, who turns 40 this year, hasn't looked back because of his passion for the sport.This trait is also evident from the fact that he, apart from competing for so long, makes it a point to introduce others to his sport at a competitive level. Among the national shoorters whom he has helped are Lee Yee and Ng Lee Ling.