By Kelly Ng in Palembang
Photo by Matt King/Getty Images for SSC
Team Singapore’s young wakeboarders led the way with medals in every colour at the SEA Games competition in Palembang today (Nov 16). The star of the team, Sasha Christian, lived up to all the hype about her by clinching gold in the women’s wakeboard event.
With a score of 60.45, she finished ahead of teammate Kalya Kee (40.23) and Philippines’ Samantha Bermudez (36.46). Sasha’s brother, Matthew Christian, held the fort for Singapore in the men’s wakeboard final. Scoring 60.12, he finished third, behind Thailand’s Jaemjan Padiwat (69.13) and Jumruang Bunyalo (65.56).
One Of Asia’s Best
Sasha, one of Asia’s best, certainly did not disappoint although her win didn’t come as easily as some might think. Despite being a seasoned competitor, she did feel the stress as this was the first time she was representing her country in a multi-sports competition alongside other Team Singapore athletes.
The pressure which the wakeboarders felt was summed up best by Matthew who said he had been “freaking out (over the SEA Games) for the past two weeks.” But his fighting spirit was exemplary. Although he did not start well yesterday, he put up some strong performances today.
Boosted by the three medals, coach and team manager Paul Fong expressed confidence in the team’s chances for more podium finishes. He could well be right, going by the form of Sasha and Kalya, for instance, in the women’s slalom preliminaries this morning.