The Asian Games is the region’s most contested sporting event…the regional Olympics, if you like. This year sees the Asian Games in its 17th edition and held in Incheon, Korea. The games consists of sports across 36 disciplines, such as Cricket and Karate, and a total of 45 member of the Olympic Council of Asia are involved.
That includes Singapore, and of course the nation’s decorated bowling team led by Captain Jazreel Tan. Our national bowling team was represented by 6 men and 6 women, and you can view their profiles here.
Shiok! is proud to support #OurTeamSG, and very honoured to share this exclusive interview with Jazreel Tan who flew our Singapore flag high in Korea. (This interview took place during Day 4 of the Games, where Jazreel had won her first medal in Incheon.) In fact, Jazreel flew Singapore’s flag highest as she emerged from 2014 Incheon Asiad as Team Singapore’s most bemedalled athlete with 1 Gold, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze!
It is Day 2 for bowling in Incheon, and the games are underway already. Shiok! is elated by Team Singapore’s performances so far and very happy for the bowling team who already clinched a Silver Medal for our country in their first round of games.
Our ambassador and Captain of Singapore Bowling, Jazreel Tan, is Singapore’s 2nd Silver Medallist at this games having just won 2nd place on the podium at today’s Singles Event. She scored a total pinfall of 1277 in 6 games, and shares the podium with Chinese Taipei’s Chou Chia Chen (1291 pinfalls for Gold) and home team’s Lee Na Young (1272 pinfalls for Bronze).
Jazreel is also a 2-time Singapore Sportsgirl of the Year and Singapore’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Incheon Asian Games 2014.
Thank you Jazreel for speaking with us all the way from the Athletes Village. Congratulations on an outstanding result for the Singles event! Please share with us your thoughts and emotions from today.
Where do I begin? Congratulations to Chia Chen who came in 1st. I am very thankful for all the support I have received! Foremost from my family, and wholly to the Singapore Bowling Federation, my past and present coaches and teammates, and all of my sponsors who believed in me.
The important thing now is to remain focused and thrive together with my teammates for the remaining events. This is just the first event, we still have a some way to go and want to achieve greater results for Team Singapore!
We are looking forward to the next weeks!
What is the atmosphere at this Games, and what is it like at the village?
The atmosphere is great! I love being in games as each meet brings international athletes from different sports together in one place. It goes without saying that there will be rivalry, but there’s also a shared special feeling of being part of something so great…All the sporting nations and athletes coming together for the love of sport.
The Athletes Village is also another unique experience. Here, you get to stay together with not only your teammates from your sport but also the other athletes from other sports from your country. It’s a feeling that’s difficult to describe. Representatives from every country are here and it’s just wonderful to be here and experience it.
That sounds like an incredible experience indeed. How is your team feeling thus far?
Our team is feeling good. We have been practicing really hard back home and gotten a lot better in terms of communication, team work and lane play. We will take it day by day and do our best.
Singapore has competed in ALL editions of the Asian Games since it was first held. How does it feel to be representing your country at this Asiad?
Having the opportunity to represent Singapore at any competition is a great honour. But it being the Asian games, one of the largest sporting meets in the region, if not the world, makes it even more special…And getting on the podium today is a dream come true!
Speaking of dreams…Do you dream of Singapore hosting the Asiad one day? What are your thoughts?
It would be awesome if Singapore could hold the Asian games one day! It might not be in the next few editions, but we are already hosting the SEA Games next year and I can’t wait for it.
It will definitely place more pressure on Team Singapore with us being the host country but on the other hand, we get the advantage of being on home soil and having the whole country with us supporting all the way.
We cannot wait for the Sea Games next year too!
Last year, you were appointed the Singapore Goodwill Ambassador for this Asian Games. What does it mean for you to be appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for this Asiad?
I am extremely honoured to be appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Asian Games. I will do my best to promote the games and the sport to the best of my ability and I strive to be a good role model and ambassador for not only those who support me, but also those who support bowling, Team Singapore and Asia.
You journey frequently to other countries to represent Singapore at various competitions. What do you miss most about Singapore when you are abroad for tournaments, or even right now while you are in Incheon?
I do adapt pretty quickly but if I were to pick something, I must say I tend to miss of some of the awesome local food that we have back home such as Hokkien Mee, Orh Lua and my mom’s cooking!
You are making us hungry indeed!
You are a role model for many young Singaporeans aspiring to represent the nation at the highest level in Sports, and also an ambassador for Singapore in many ways. What is the most Shiok! thing about Singapore that you tell people overseas when they ask you?
FOOOOOOD! Definitely…And I would also describe how Singapore is really clean and recommend to them that our local night life scene is pretty vibrant too! Our city is incredibly pretty and alive at night!
Singapore is extremely proud of your achievements. What about Singapore makes you most proud of our country?
Although we are a small country, we have gone on to become one of world’s major commercial hubs. Also, in spite of what critics say about our country’s strict laws, the policies have undeniably helped us advance and develop to where we are today. Most importantly, I am proud of all Singaporeans young, old and new. Despite our country’s limited resources, the people have come together to help our nation survive and then thrive…and achieve all that we are today.
Do you have any message for all Shiok! readers and Singapore supporters back home cheering for the Asiad contingent?
We appreciate all the support from back home! You guys are awesome and shiok!
Thank you so much for your time Jazreel. We wish you and your team a great showing in Incheon and more success!