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RICHARD CHNG

HEAD COACH

PHILOSOPHY

“Swimming is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a long journey which requires a swimmer to be persistent, determined and hungry for success. Therefore, it is my mission as a coach to inspire and guide the youths of tomorrow that anything and everything are possible.”

ACHIEVEMENT AS A COACH

Since graduating from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) with a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation degree, with a major in Exercise Science and Management in 2013, Coach Richard has been pursuing his passion in coaching with The Swim Lab. He has since worked with his ex-colleagues and now National Training Centre Head Coach, Gary Tan, and National Youth Sports Institute Head Coach (Swimming), Leonard Tan.

In October 2017, Coach Richard was appointed Head Coach of Raffles Institution (RI) swimming team. Between 2014-2016. Coach Richard together with the RI support staff, led the RI swimming team to clinch Top 3 positions across all divisions in the Inter-School National Swimming Championships.

Coach Richard has developed and groomed multiple swimmers from the age-group to the elite level; and has been part of the National Team for various competitions such as the SEA Games (2015 & 2017), SEA Age Group (Head Coach in 2016), FINA World Juniors (2015), and FINA World Cups.

At the 29th SEA Games in 2017, Coach Richard’s sprint protégé, Teong Tzen Wei, clinched a historic Gold medal in the men’s 50-meter freestyle with a personal best time of 22.55 seconds to be crowned South East Asia’s Fastest Man.

Prior to the 28th SEA Games in 2015, he was the coach to athlete, Shana Lim, who clinched a silver medal in the women’s 50-metre backstroke at the SEA Games.

In August 2015, Coach Richard worked alongside with other coaches at the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. Under his guidance, athlete, Teong Tzen Wei accomplished a personal best time in the 50-metre freestyle.

At the 40th South East Asia Age-Group Swimming Championships in Thailand, Coach Richard was appointed as the Head Coach of Team Singapore. Under his leadership and strong comradery with his assistant coaches, Team Singapore achieved a 2nd runner-up finish in the medal standings. Five of his swimmers, Nathan Wong, Ethan Ong, Keith Ong, Rachel Loo and Melanie Wong competed in various events.

ACHIEVEMENT AS A SWIMMER

Spending his entire competitive career as a student-athlete at the Singapore Sports School, Coach Richard has represented Singapore in numerous regional and international swimming competitions. During his stint as an elite youth swimmer, Coach Richard won multiple medals in the South East Asia Age-Group Swimming Championships. Coach Richard was also a member of the 08 FINA World Junior and Commonwealth Youth national youth team.

Whilst leading his team as Captain of the 2010 Commonwealth Games national team, Coach Richard also qualified in the semi-finals of men’s 50-metre Breaststroke. In addition to that, Coach Richard and his teammates swam against several top Commonwealth team in the freestyle relay finals.

JEROME TEO

COACH

PHILOSOPHY

“Swimming is a combination of training hard and smart. A solid foundation of stroke mechanics, technique and skill, a resilient mindset; and a strong working relationship with the coach are key in building a successful swimmer.”

ACHIEVEMENT AS A COACH

Jerome’s passion for the sport of swimming has attributed to his success in the swimming pool. Although no longer in the sport as a competitive swimmer, Jerome continued to share his knowledge and expertise to inspire the youth swimmers.

During his time in Australia, he coached a team of phenomenal swimmers from the Breakers Swimming Club, an A division swimming club which is currently ranked 2nd in Western Australia. Jerome is a strong advocate of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework. Implementing this framework in his coaching, Jerome has developed swimmers which enabled them to improve their National rankings.

ACHIEVEMENT AS A SWIMMER

Jerome is a former Team Singapore swimmer who represented Singapore in numerous international competitions such as the 2011 SEA Games, 2008-2011 FINA World Cups and SEA Age-Groups Swimming Championships. Jerome graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science at the Edith Cowan University based in Perth, Western Australia.

DAVID TEO

COACH

PHILOSOPHY

“My goal is to build a strong and fruitful working relationship with the swimmers based on trust and effective communication, and in the process, groom them to be the best versions of themselves both in and out of the pool.”

ACHIEVEMENT AS A COACH

David’s passion for swimming is attributed to his success and years spent in the pool. His love for the sport extends beyond his career as a swimmer and he continues to pursue his passion for coaching at Aquatech Swimming while juggling his undergraduate studies at Nanyang Technological University.

In November 2016, David was appointed as coach of the ATS Junior Squad (10-12 years old). Under his guidance, the swimmers achieved excellent results at the Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships and the National Schools Swimming Championships in 2017, winning multiple medals and attaining numerous PBs.

David was selected to attend the Junior National Development Team Training Camp in June 2017, where he was given the opportunity to coach and hone his skills alongside NTC Head Coach Gary Tan and NYSI Head Coach Leonard Tan.

An individual who constantly aspires to improve as a coach by broadening his knowledge, David has attended several swimming clinics, most notably with Roland Schoeman (Olympic and World Champion) and Nick Juba (Former Head Coach of Denmark Swimming).

ACHIEVEMENT AS A SWIMMER

During his time as a National Youth Athlete, David represented Singapore in various regional and international competitions such as the SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, ASEAN Cup, and the 2012-2013 FINA World Cups. In addition, David has been a multiple medalists at national meets such as SNAG, Singapore Open and the National Schools Swimming Championships.

FOCK WEI XIN

COACH

PHILOSOPHY

Each swimmer is unique and special in their own way. My goal is to establish a meaningful relationship with each individual and bring out the best in them!

ACHIEVEMENT AS A COACH

In 2018, Wei Xin graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science at the Edith Cowan University based in Perth, Western Australia. Whilst undertaking her studies, Wei Xin completed her internships with AquaTech Swimming (ATS), as well as the National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI). Upon graduating, Wei Xin began pursuing her passion for coaching with ATS.

During her time in Australia, Wei Xin was involved in various research projects which made her a strong believer of the multi-disciplinary approach in sports performance. This belief includes training, recovery, nutrition and psychology.

ACHIEVEMENT AS A SWIMMER

Wei Xin is a former competitive swimmer. During her swimming career, Wei Xin has participated in various local swimming meets such as the Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships and Inter-School National Swimming Championships. Additionally, Wei Xin also extends herself into other water sports.