A national star for Singapore at past AUGs and SEA Games, Recurve archer Tan Si Lie looks set to play a crucial part in making the Lion City feel like home for Southeast Asian archers at the 18th AUG.
Since picking up the bow and arrow during his polytechnic days, national archer Tan Si Lie has gone from strength to strength in achieving his best for Singapore archery, be it as a competitor at international and regional tournaments or as a competition manager for the upcoming 18th AUG in Singapore.
The 27 year old graduate of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has had the honour of competing for Singapore not just as part of the SEA Games contingents in 2013 and 2015, but also as part of the Singapore team at the last two ASEAN University Games (AUGs).
The SEA Games Silver medalist even remembers the exact day – 22nd April 2006 – that he picked up archery during his first year at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). ‚ÄúI wanted to join a CCA, and I love weapons sports. I chose archery as I found out that I was able to keep my own bow and arrow as compared to air rifle,‚ÄĚ he fondly remembers.
After mandatory national service, Si Lie continued with his pursuits in archery as a student at NTU, where he represented Singapore at the 16th (Vientiane, 2012) and 17th (Palembang, 2014) AUGs, as well as the Asian Cup and the World University Games.
Being a competitor at the AUGs has helped Si Lie develop as a recurve archer. In fact, ¬†it was during the 16th AUG in Vientiane that he learnt an important life lesson: to be humble and not to rest on your laurels.
‚ÄúI was ranked first in the qualifying rounds, and during the quarter-finals I was knocked out by a lower ranked teammate. It was definitely a very humbling experience and made me more determined to train harder,‚ÄĚ he reflected.
Having the chance to go abroad as a competitor also allowed him to better understand the different cultures in the region, and to adapt to the pressure of playing away from home.
In terms of AUGs, the 17th edition in Palembang was his most satisfying as he picked up several medals including a bronze at the Recurve Singles playoff.¬†‚ÄúI shot my personal best during the bronze medal (alternates) match of the individual elimination with a 29-30-29 score. For me, it was a very good and satisfying performance,‚ÄĚ he¬†said.
During his time at NTU, Si Lie was chosen to represent Singapore at the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games. He picked up a silver medal in a mixed teams event at Naypidaw and two bronzes – including one as an individual recurve competition – at the games on home soil.
His performances for the national archery team earned him praise and respect, as well as words of support by the then Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong in the run up to the last SEA Games.
After graduating from NTU, Si Lie has kept himself busy with archery by training almost every day in order to maintain his form for the crucial Olympic Games qualifiers later this June.
More importantly for the AUG, Si Lie is still involved in the games albeit in a different capacity. He is now the Competition Manager for the 18th AUG’s Archery events and has the challenging role of organising world-class archery events for the host nation.
Having helped pick the National Institute of Education’s (NIE) main field as a conducive¬†venue for the archery event, Si Lie hopes to make the archery competition a memorable one for the Southeast Asian archers who will compete in Singapore.
‚ÄúMy goal as a competition manager is to make the archery events enjoyable and entertaining, and of course we hope to have the weather on our side,‚ÄĚ he said.
Activities in the pipeline include lucky draws for the audience at the archery events, as well as a sightseeing tour for archers during their stay in Singapore. He is also looking to make the archery events more exciting for the audience with ‚Äúlive‚ÄĚ commentary during the medal matches.
As a competition manager, Si Lie also hopes for the best turnout possible for the games in Singapore, as well as the smooth running of the archery events¬†with volunteers and competitors.
A major plus point for Sie Lie is having the help of several schools,¬†including¬†former polytechnic Ngee Ann¬†who have volunteered their current batch of archers to gain exposure during the games.
As the games draw closer, the national and AUG veteran will be sure to pace himself well as he prepares to welcome his 10th year in archery by¬†training hard for the Olympics and putting a good show at the archery events for the¬†18th AUG.
The archery events for the 18th AUG will be held at the National Institute of Education (NIE) from 13-17 July. Stay tuned for more news on archery and other AUG sports on www.aug2016.sg.