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Ang Peng Siong

Ang Peng Siong- Swimmer

How did it all start?

Ang Peng Siong learned to swim from his father at the age of 5. His father, an accomplished sixth-dan judoka and an Olympian at the 1964 Tokyo Games, was instrumental to the foundation of Peng Siong's successful swimming career. At a young age, he started Peng Siong on a strict weight training routine, when most coaches would consider it damaging to the athlete. Peng Siong has great respect for his father as a role model - a leader, a disciplinarian and a motivator.

International swimming career

Peng Siong's first represented Singapore at the 1977 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. He won his first SEA Games medal, a silver in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay. He went on to compete in the Hawaiian International Invitational Swimming Championship which had swimmers from countries that boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. After a surreal performance in Hawaii, he received a full athletic scholarship from the University of Houston to pursue his academic and swimming career.

Under the attentive guidance of Head swim coach Phil Hansel (1980 to 1986), Peng Siong won the first NCAA men's title for the University of Houston. In 1983 Peng Siong was awarded the "World's Fastest Swimmer" for 1982 in Bonn, West Germany - 1983.

Ang Peng Siong

Ang Peng Siong- Coach

ANG Peng Siong started teaching and coaching in the early 80s.  He assisted his father, ANG Teck Bee with swim lessons and training.  During his final year at the University of Houston, he was appointed as assistant coach to Coach Phil HANSEL and worked with NCAA Division One Swim Team.

In 1995, Peng Siong founded the APS Swim School and the Aquatic Performance Swim Club.  Over the years, he have established a network of aquatic industry practitioners from the United States, Australia, Japan and United Kingdom.

Once ranked the "Fastest Swimmer in the World" in 1982, he continues his legacy by giving back to the aquatic industry (swimming, synchronised swimming and diving).  His coaching and mentoring initiatives has been benefiting young learners, national swimmers, Olympians and Paralympians, and the aging population.

Even with Singapore's success on the world stage (Olympic Games and Paralympic Games), he believes that it is still important to reinforce the vision and goal of the swim school and swim club.

1.  To create a conducive environment for learning and teaching.

2.  To inculcate the spirit of sportsmanship with respect and humility.

3.  To develop a world class swim program.



​NCAA Division One Champion

NCAA Division One Champion - won the 50-yard Freestyle sprint title at the 1983 NCAA Division One Swimming Championships in Indianapolis.

The swimming championship is considered the "Most exciting and Fastest swim meet in the world".

The only NCAA Division One men swimming title for the University of Houston.

Second place finish in the 50-yard Freestyle at the 1984 NCAA Division One Swimming Championships.


Achieved All-American award for four consecutive years (1981 - 1984)

U.S. National Champion

April 1982 - 19.86 seconds for 50 yards Freestyle

August 1982 - 22.69 seconds for 50 meters Freestyle

March 1986 - 20.07 seconds for 50 yards Freestyle


World Swimming Championships

Fourth place finish in the 50m Freestyle at the 1986 World Swimming Championships in Madrid, Spain.

Represented Singapore at the 1982 World Swimming Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador.


Olympic Games

1984 - Winner of the B consolation finals (100m free) at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

1988 - B finalist (50m free) at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.


Asian Games

1982 - Gold medal winner at the 1982 New Delhi Asian Games in the 100m Freestyle and bronze for 100m Butterfly.

1986 - 2 bronze medals at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games

1990 - 1 silver medal at the 1990 Beijing Asian Games.


Asia's Fastest
Held the fastest 50m Freestyle time in Asia for 14 years from 1982 to 1996.

Southeast Asia Games
20 gold medals from a total of eight SEA Games appearances. (1977 - KL / 1979 - JAKARTA / 1983 - SINGAPORE / 1985 - BANGKOK / 1987 - KL / 1989 - JAKARTA / 1991 - MANILA / 1993 - SINGAPORE)

Southeast Asia's Fastest
Current holder of the Southeast Asian record of 22.69 seconds in the 50m Freestyle since 1982.

Southeast Asian Games Record Holder
Held the Southeast Asian Games record of 23.27 seconds in the 50m Freestyle 1987 to 2000.

National Records
Current holder of the Singapore national record in the following events :

  50 metre Freestyle 

22.69 seconds since 1982

100 metre Freestyle

 51.09 seconds since 1984

100 metre Butterfly

56.00 seconds since 1989


World Masters Swimming Championships

July 2000 - Age Group 35-39

1st place - 50m Freestyle (World Champion):

2nd place - 50m Butterfly

5th place - 50m Breaststroke

15th place - 50m Backstroke



March 2002 - Age Group 40 - 44

1st place - 50m Freestyle

1st place - 50m Butterfly

3rd place - 50m Breaststroke

4th place - 50m Backstroke



Completed university internship program (coaching) with the Yellow Rose Masters Swim Team in Houston, Texas.

Appointed as Strength Conditioning and Assistant Head Swim Coach to the University of Houston swim team.

Swim Camp Counsellor
Swim Camp Counsellor at the Jack Nelson Swim Camp, Fort Lauderdale-Florida.

Swim/Gym Co-ordinator

Appointed Swim/Gym Co-ordinator to the Singapore Island Country Club (1989-1992).

National Training Camp
- Together with team manager, Mr. William Thum, co-ordinated and conducted a 2-week centralised training camp for the Singapore National swim team prior to the 1997 SEA Games.


School Nationals Primary Swimming Championships
- Under the coaching guidance of the APS Swim School and Ms Theresa Seow, teacher-in-charge CHS(primary):

Catholic High School swim team won the D division title in 1998. The school's first historical win in swimming.


School Nationals Secondary Swimming Championships
- Under the coaching guidance of the APS Swim School and the support of the respective schools:

Methodist Girl's School swim team
Girls B division title in 1997
Girls C division titles in 1998 & 1999

Anglo-Chinese Junior College swim team
Boys A division titles in 1996, 1997, 2000 & 2001
Girls A division titles in 1998 & 1999



Head Swim Coach -

1992 ASEAN Age Group Swimming Championships in Brunei.

Head Swim Coach -

1995 Southeast Asian Games in Chiangmai.

Head Swim Coach -

1996 ASEAN University Games in Brunei.

Head Swim Coach -

1997 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta.

Head Swim Coach -

1998 ASIAN Games in Bangkok.

Head Swim Coach -

2000 ASEAN Age Group Swimming Championships in Bali.

Head Swim Coach -

2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.




British Columbia Coaching Certification (NCCP Level 3) 
Received coaching certificate in 1995, Canada.

Austrialia Institute of Sports
Attended the 1995 Australia Institute of Sports International Coaching Clinic in Canberra.

National Swim School Association

National Swim School Association conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1995.

Attended an Infant Toddler workshop with the National Swim School Association in Tempe, Arizona in 1997.


American Swim Coaches Association
Attended the ASCA World Swim Coaches Clinic and the Program Director course with the American Swim Coaches Association in San Diego 1997.

FINA Synchronised Swimming
Attended the FINA Clinic for Synchronised Swimming Judges and Coaches in Bangkok 1998.

Completed AUSTSWIM Certification for Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.

Coaching Development

High Altitude Training Camps
December 1997 (2 weeks)
December 1998 (2 weeks)
June 1999 (3 weeks)
December 1999 (2 weeks)
December 2000 (3 weeks) 
December 2001 (3 weeks)

Attended the 5th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Hong Kong, 1999.

Attended the 20th Brunei SEA Games.

Attended the Asian Swimming Championships in Pusan, Korea, 2000.



Synchronised Swimming

- Initiated Singapore's first synchronised swim club

Inaugural national representation in Kuala Lumpur (April 2001)


- Guest lecturer at the School of Physical Education/National Institute of Education (Singapore) on the sport of swimming for one semester in 1997.

- Guest lecturer at the Nanyang Polytechnic on "How to manage a swim school" for a Sports and Wellness Management Diploma in 1997.

- Guest lecturer at the 1997 Swimming Coaching Course, Level 2 - Technical organised jointly by the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore Amateur Swimming Association.

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