Olympic Swimmer Mark Chay Appointed to Parliament in Singapore


Mark Chay, who swam for Singapore at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, is one of nine new Nominated Members of Parliament (NMP) in his home country.

Chay swam in the 100 and 200 freestyle at the 2000 Games and the 2004 Games. His international career began at the 1997 Southeast Asian Games and covered five SEA Games, two Asian Games and two Commonwealth Games before his retirement in 2007.


Mark Chay

The 2001 Singapore Sportsman of the Year, Chay competed and received his degree from Brigham Young University.

Chay is the director of administration of the Global Esports Federation and serves as a national para-swimming coach for the Singapore Disability Sports Council. He was Singapore’s chef de mission at the 2014 Youth Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is the chairman of the Singapore National Olympic Council Athlete’s Commission.

Chay’s work in sports includes a stint as the communications manager of the Singapore Swimming Association, as the CEO of the Singapore Hockey Federation and as the CEO of the private International Sports Academy. He also spent seven years as the CEO of Coleman College, a K-12 institution.

Mark Chay and the eight other NMPs were selected among 61 nominees by a special parliamentary committee and will be appointed by President Halimah Yacob next week. They serve 2.5-year terms. NMPs were created in 1990 to broaden representation in Parliament outside the strictly political sphere.

“We have a good slate of nine NMPs who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to society or in their respective fields, and whose specialised knowledge will add to the depth and breadth of the debates in Parliament,” Leader of the House Indranee Rajah said.

The other eight NMPs are Professor Koh Lian Pin, 44; Professor Hoon Hian Teck, 61; National Trade Union Co-Operative vice president Abdul Samad Abdul Wahab, 48; security industry association head Raj Joshua Thomas, 41; Janet Ang, 61, chairman of the entertainment company Sistic; GuocoLand group (a property management company) managing director Cheng Hsing Yao, 49; dental surgeon and National Youth Council member Shahira Abdullah, 33; and Singapore Medical Association president Tan Yia Swam, 40.