NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman gymnasts Nicole Tay and Tabitha Tay will depart New Haven tomorrow for New Delhi, India, where the twins will represent Singapore in the Commonwealth Games, which begin on October 3. The Commonwealth Games, contested between the former British colonies that comprise the Commonwealth of Nations, is a quadrennial event which includes both Olympic events and sports popular in former British dependencies, such as rugby sevens and netball.
The Tays, who have competed in several international and regional competitions for Singapore, including the 2007 World Championships, 2008 Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championships, and 2010 Pacific Rim Gymnastic Championships, are no strangers to international competition. At the Pacific Rim Championships, Nicole and Tabitha finished 17th and 21st in the all-around competition respectively, with Nicole placing third in the floor exercise. Their performance at this event, held in Melbourne, Australia, along with their high finishes at the 2010 Singapore Open, qualified the sisters for the Commonwealth Games.
Despite their experience at international competitions, the Tays, who will both compete in the all-around competition in India, described their selection to represent Singapore at the Commonwealth Games squad as a high honor.
"We are honored to be given the opportunity to represent our country," said Tabitha. "We hope that we will do our country proud."
Yale gymnastics coach Barbara Tonry sees the Tays' experience at the Commonwealth Games to be a valuable asset to this years' squad.
"We are excited to have these delightful young women on campus and they will be a major impact and welcome addition to our competitive team," said Tonry. "The twins will be able to share their International competitive experience with the Yale gymnastic team upon their return from India."
Report by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity