31 March 2020 - Article
Law Society of Singapore
Singapore Academy of Law
Singapore Mediation Centre
International Association of Athletics Federations Disciplinary Tribunal
Badminton World Federation External Judicial Experts Group
International Hockey Federation Judicial Commission
International Cricket Council’s Dispute Resolution Committee
Ethics Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation
Me in a minute
I know how important trusted advisers with both legal and industry insight can be for success in sports
I inherited my passion for sports and my sports DNA from a family frequently described in Singapore newspapers in the mid 1900s as ‘Singapore’s first family of sports’. My grandfather was a notable athlete and footballer who represented Singapore in six Malaya Cup finals in the 1920s and my grandmother was Singapore’s badminton and tennis champion in the 1930s and also national hockey captain. My father was captain of the Singapore men’s hockey team at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and my mother also excelled at national level in hockey and badminton.
So it was no surprise that I had a hockey stick stuffed in my Christmas stocking when I was 5 years old and that I was selected to play for the national women’s hockey team when I was 16 years old and continued to represent Singapore for 16 years assuming the captaincy for the last 10 years.
I am happy that, over the years, my practice of law has enabled me to combine both the law and sports, two areas of endeavour which have contributed significantly towards defining me as the person I am today .
I continue to enjoy and to be involved in a range of sports both in the course of my sports law practice and in the sports arena outside of the office. From my own experience I know how important family support and trusted advisers with both legal and sports industry insight can be for success in sports and especially for young talents in their journey to the top. I therefore feel happy and fulfilled to be contributing towards this goal in Withersworldwide sports practice.
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