Australian greats to help Singapore's SEA Games hockey team

BOOST FROM DOWN UNDER: (far left to right) Mark Knowles, Rob Hammond, Jamie Dwyer and Liam De Young at the Sengkang Stadium. 

All four of them are world champions and Olympic gold medallists who represented hockey powerhouses Australia.

One is a five-time World Player of the Year, another is in line to win the award in 2014, and all of them -- Jamie Dywer, Mark Knowles, Rob Hammond and  Liam De Young -- have come together to boost Singapore’s quest for hockey gold at the 2015 South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

But, instead of coaching under the banner of the Singapore Hockey Federation (SHF), the four Aussie legends will work in the Republic’s corner as the headline act of the newly launched The Project Group (TPG) Academy.

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U-17 100m free record-breaker Darren Lim avoids the media

DARREN LIM: The national swimmer (above) is training at the Plymouth Leander swimming club, which produced Lithuanian Olympic breaststroke champion Ruta Meliutyte.

He was the outstanding performer on the second day of the Singapore National Swimming Championships, rewriting his own Under-17 national record in the men’s 100m freestyle to meet the South-east Asia (SEA) Games ‘A’ qualifying mark.

But Darren Lim, 16, declined to speak after the evening finals at the Singapore Sports Hub’s OCBC Aquatic Centre yesterday, with his sister and national swimmer Shana escorting him away from the training pool much to the puzzlement of the waiting media.

The teenager clocked 50.62 seconds in the morning heats and 50.72 in the final, breaking the old age-group mark of 51.25 and going under the SEA Games ‘A’ qualifying mark of 50.83.

Speaking to The New Paper later, Darren’s Swimfast Aquatic Club coach  Gary Tan explained that pressure was probably a factor.

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