Veteran gymnast Terry Tay Retires

Published Mon 18 Mar 2024

The Gymnastics scene in Singapore bids farewell to a veteran gymnast as Terry Tay announces his retirement from Gymnastics. After a glittering career spanning almost 25 years, he hangs up his leotard and grips for good, leaving behind a list of achievements and positive impact on the sport. 

Terry rose to prominence in 2013, as the first Southeast Asian male gymnast to have a gymnastics move named after himself in the FIG Code of Points, called, "Tay". The "Tay" is a new "E" skill which was approved by the Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) technical committee, his creativity and achievement has put Singapore on the world map in Gymnastics. Throughout his career, Terry had become an inspiration to aspiring athletes everywhere as he participated in numerous editions of the major games which includes the South East Asian Games, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games throughout his career. 

Howevre, Terry's impact goes beyond trophies and records. He was a role model for national athletes in Singapore outside of Gymnastics. In 2022, Terry was appointed to the Singapore Natonal Olympic (SNOC) Athlete's Commission for the term of 2022 to 2025. With the mission to represent the views of Singaporean athletes within the SNOC. His dedication and commitment to be a voice for Singaporean athletes, allowed him to gain prominence in the sporting scene and in 2023, he had secured himself a position on the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Athletes' Commission. We are filled with immerse pride in Terry, who serves as a true role model, embodying excellence not only as an athlete but also as a representative and advocate for fellow athletes.


Terry's early gymnastic days at 7 years old


Terry's first FIG Junior Competition at the National Championships at 15 years old 


Terry at his first Commonwealth Games in 2014, and last Asian Games in 2023 


As a final word of advice to his fellow teamates and aspiring gymnasts, "Embrace your imperfections, enjoy this journey, your best is enough" – Terry Tay

This is not goodbye, but rather a new chapter. While we would not see Terry compete anymore, his influence on the sport will continue to inspire generations to come. At Singapore Gymnastics, we would like to thank Terry for flying the Singapore flag high and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours. Happy retirement Terry!


Terry's List of Achievements:

  • (Retired) National Team Captain, led the Singapore team at local and international competitions. Engaged to speak at local communities, and mentor teammates and juniors 
  • Flagbearer for Team Singapore at the 2023 SEA Games 
  • Led the Singapore Men's team to win their first team medal outside home soil at the 2022 SEA Games, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Won Singapore's historic first Men's team medal at the 2015 SEA Games, Singapore
  • Competed at the 2013, 2014, 2018 World Championships
  • Competed at the 2014, 2018, 2022 Asian Games 
  • Competed at the 2014 and 2022 Commonwealth Games 
  • Competed at the 2011, 2015, 2019, 2021, 2023 SEA Games 
  • First SEA male gymnast to have a gymnastics move named after self, putting Singapore on the world map in gymnastics