Griselda Khng has been competing in the sailing scene and doing Singapore proud, since a tender age of 12 years old. In her first international regatta in 2003, she won the Asian Optimist Female title, and finished 3rd in the open category. In 2004, she went on to win the ASEAN Championship title and the following year, took home the gold medal at her very first SEA Games. The most outstanding performance of the four-time in a row National Optimist female champion was in 2006, when Griselda created history by being the first Singaporean to win the Optimist Female World Champion title. In 2007, the Singapore Sports School named her Sports girl of the year.
After Griselda’s Optimist junior career, she moved on to the 420 international class, where she soared to greater heights, and earned a bronze medal in 2009 at the ISAF Youth World Championship. Her next world stage achievement was another bronze medal in the 2012 420 World Championship, beating all odds after a 3 year hiatus from sailing.
In 2013, Griselda moved on to competing in an Olympic class called the 49erFX. That year, she bagged a silver medal at the inaugural 49erFX Youth World Championship. 2015 was a successful year, when she won the gold medal at the 28th SEA Games in front of her home crowd. More importantly, she qualified Singapore for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the 49erFX World Championship in November that year.
The highlight of her sailing career is representing Singapore at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where she finished 15th overall, placing her as the top Asian in the world!
Olivia Chen began her sporting career as a netballer, where she rocketed to the top of the game amongst her peers and was called to be a part of the age group developmental squad when she was 13 years old. Over her teenage years, she fought her way up with a lot of determination and grit, and made it to the Singapore Youth U21 team. With Olivia as one of the most esteemed shooters on the team, she helped her team clinch a 3rd place at the Asian Youth Netball Championship, and put the Singapore team in 15th place in the overall world rankings.
To further sharpen her skills, Olivia exposed herself to other various sports that require a lot of agility, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness, such as ultimate Frisbee, touch rugby, rugby as well as basketball. This not only enhanced Olivia’s athletic skills on many different levels, but also trained her to become a highly versatile athlete.
In order to attain her life goal to compete at the Olympic Games, Olivia has risked everything including her job, to train as a full-time sailor with her world-class and Olympian skipper. With so much on the line for Olivia, she is all in!
Being hungry to succeed will not cut it. However, it is a different story, when you are fighting for something with your entire life depending on it. This will not be an easy feat, neither is it a safe one. However, they can assure you that it will be a deserving one.
Together, Team Griselda Khng and Olivia Chen is committed to the next 4 years of excellence, fighting with everything that they have, as they set their eyes on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!