The Singapore Squash Rackets Association (SSRA) held its 48th Annual General Meeting successfully on 27 September 2018. Thanks to our president Dr. Woffles Wu, we were blessed to have it at the comfort of Camden Medical Centre theatrette once again.
A total of 36 were present, with representatives from the Singapore Cricket Club, Crossroads Sports, Angry Birds, Bad Piggies, Singapore Island Country Club, The Tanglin Club, United Condo Squash Club, Police Sports Association, Chinese Swimming Club and SAFRA Squash Club.
People arrived as early as 6.15 p.m. to enjoy their dinner and catch up with fellow friends and members. However, it wasn’t until 7.30 p.m. before the meeting could start with the required quorum.
President Dr. Woffles Wu kicked off the meeting with a short speech, highlighting on the successes of the 2017 SEA Games, with Singapore returning with our best ever haul in over two decades, with a whopping 3 Golds, 2 Silvers and 5 Bronzes. The highlight of the result was certainly the Men’s Team Gold, which neighbouring Malaysia has won every single time since 1997.
The other highlight was the men’s team who followed up their historic SEA Games Gold with a stellar performance at the 19th Asian Team Championships, finishing above their seeding at 6th and earned themselves a ticket to the 2018 Asian Games, held recently in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Next, our Honorary Secretary, Raymond Tan, took us through the details of the activities through 2017. Two things that drew a lot of public interest was the lack of female players in the national team and the claim of lack of facilities. It was certainly an encouraging scene to see the attendees and the committee members exchanging thoughts and ideas about these matters.
The issue on the lack of female players was duly clarified by Dr. Woffles Wu and his committee that it is something they recognise and that there is work in the pipeline to improve the situation. But on the social and grassroots level, there is a part that everyone should play to increase the number of ladies playing the sport in general, a point supported by our top men’s player Samuel Kang, who was present in the meeting alongside team mate Timothy Leong. It is also something which many leading squash playing nations are also addressing, with England leading the way with Women in Squash Week most recently.
The issue on inadequate squash facilities has long been a topic of debate between the squash goers and the folks at SportSG. We were fortunate to have Mr Loh Tian Wei (Senior Manager) from Singapore Sport Institute, SportSG, present at the meeting, who explained their position to the audience. While it is true centres such as Kallang and Yio Chu Kang are usually fully utilised, centres such as Burghley are hardly popular. Instances such as these make our case harder to be heard on their level. There were also encouraging responses from some parties who had offered to help with utilisation of private clubs’ courts.
The final part of the meeting was left for explaining and voting on some minor changes to be made to the constitution. Many changes are on advice from SportSG, who is aligning the constitutions of all sports societies. A total of 15 items were presented, out of which all were effected given there were no votes against any of them.
The meeting concluded at 9.25 p.m. after just under two hours of what was described by some as one of the more interactive AGMs (in comparison to previous ones in recent years).