Patricia Chan Li-Yin
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Education and training
Thereafter, Chan's father Chan Ah Kow coached her in the sport, as he had done with her older siblings. A talented athlete and tennis player in his youth, Chan's father was named Coach of the Year in 1970 and 1971. He used innovative techniques to develop her swimming skills and strengthen her cardio-vascular strength. He also put her on a unique diet, which was unheard of at the time. Swimmers from around the region often stayed at Chansville, the family home, and trained with the family, inculcating a sense of sportsmanship in the young Chan.
Chan also captured several silver and bronze medals at the 1966 and 1970 Asian Games. A two-time Olympian, she clocked 1:14:24 in the 100m backstroke heats and 2:41:27 in the 200m backstroke heats at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Today, Chan is a media and communications specialist and runs her own communications company, Visus Inq., as well as a sports consultancy.
Chan was named Sportswoman of the Year, Singapore's highest accolade for sporting achievement, over five consecutive years from 1967 to 1971, an unequalled feat to date. Over the course of her career, Chan achieved a total of 39 gold medals, a record that stood unsurpassed from 1973 until 2005, when national swimmer Joscelin Yeo broke the record with her career total of 40 gold medals. In 2002, Chan was inducted into the Singapore Sports Council Hall of Fame and is ranked fourth on the list of Singapore's 50 greatest athletes.
Sisters: Mei Ling, Vicky
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Chan, Patricia Li-Yin, 1954-
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