Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award Recipient (2006)
~Mr Lee Wung Yew 李宏耀先生~
Shots of Passion
Singapore's Man with the Golden Gun and Sportsman of the Year for 1989 and 1997 has been collecting gold, silver and bronze medals in shooting tournaments over the years.
The 40-year-old trap shooting champ, Mr Lee Wung Yew, who graduated with a Diploma in Physical Education at NTU's National Institute of Education in 1992, also has an MBA in sports management. He started shooting when he was 15, and took part in his first SEA Games in 1985. The veteran marksman is a multiple SEA Games gold medallist and has done well in other major regional and world championships. He received The Singapore Youth Individual Award (Sports & Adventure) in 1998 and is a four-time Meritorious Award recipient. He was also conferred the Public Service Star in 1997 and the Public Service Medal in 1989. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and this year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, he was the flag-bearer for the Singapore contingent.
Beyond his sporting achievements, the easy-going sportsman is also promoting shooting and popularising this sport among the young. As a Physical Education teacher at Innova Junior College, he has planned and introduced shooting in his school and conducted programmes for teens. In an interview with The New Paper in May last year, he pointed out that in shooting there is little emphasis on physique, unlike many other sports. "This means we Asians do not have a disadvantage."
At his first Olympics experience in Atlanta, he said he did not feel overawed by the experience among so many sports celebrities. "It was only after the whole event that I realised that I was competing against the world's top shooters," he said.
His advice to Singapore's sports people participating in major overseas events is: "Treat every competitor as a normal opponent. The very fact that you are there, competing with them, shows that you are on a par with them. Don't go in there thinking you will never win, because anything can happen in sports."