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Swimming fraternity pays tribute

The unexpected death of Mr Irving Ng sent shockwaves through the swimming community.

The former national swimmer collapsed during a routine run on Saturday night.

"I've known him since he was a young swimmer. He's always come across as pleasant and very friendly, always a team player. It's a sad time for the swimming fraternity," said decorated swimmer Ang Peng Siong.

"He was a real gentleman and a well-respected family man," he added.

Olympian Ng Yue Meng said of his late team-mate: "He touched the lives of many who knew him.

"He was an inspiration in the way he led his life and he will be dearly missed."

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Mr Ng represented Singapore in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1989, winning a silver in the men's 100m backstroke event, as well as the gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

He helped start the Oldies But Goodies swim group for retired swimmers in July 2012 to exercise and keep fit.

Member Joanne Lee, 40, said: "Irving will be missed by many - family, colleagues and students. He'll also be sorely missed in the pool. I'll never forget the grim determination on his face before a race, his graceful backstroke plunge off the block, and his triumphant grin when he won."

The Singapore Swimming Club will be dedicating their South-east Asia-Pacific Masters Swimming 25M Short Course competition in April to the late Mr Ng.

Singapore Swimming Associationpresident Mr Lee Kok Choy said: "It is with deep regret that we have lost one of our swimming stars who was also a respected team member, passionate teacher and a friend to many."