10 January 2018
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) today announced the appointment of Tan Paey Fern (43) as the chef de mission to Team Singapore at the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games will take place from 9 to 25 February 2018 in South Korea. Short-track speed skater Cheyenne Goh (18) is the first Singaporean to qualify and participate in the Winter Olympic Games. She will be competing in the women’s 1,500m short-track speed skating event on 17 February 2018. Goh is currently coached by four-time Olympic champion Chun Lee Kyung, who will accompany her at the Games.
Tan is a former national paddler who competed at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and has won medals at the SEA Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. In 2013, she served as chef de mission to the Nanjing 2013 Asian Youth Games Team Singapore contingent. Tan, who is currently coaching at the Singapore Sports School, said, “It’s a privilege to be involved with Team Singapore’s first Winter Olympic Games. Though we may have a small representation in Pyeongchang, it is still our desire and goal to ensure that Cheyenne is equipped with the support she needs for a good and safe outing at the Games.”
“Paey Fern’s experience as an elite athlete and chef de mission at major Games puts her in good stead to manage Singapore’s first Winter Olympic Games contingent. This is certainly a significant milestone in our major Games participation and we hope that Cheyenne’s participation will create a bigger effect of inspiring more Singaporeans to aspire towards the Winter Olympic Games,” said Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the SNOC.