SINGAPORE: Almost 300 promising young athletes received the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship on Saturday. This brings the total number of recipients of the award to over 1,000.
Launched in 2010 through a US$10 million donation by billionaire philanthropist Peter Lim, the award recognises the efforts of outstanding young athletes from financially-disadvantaged backgrounds.
Speaking at the event, Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong also encouraged scholarship recipients to take advantage of the other training and support systems available to them.
Mr Wong said: "What we are doing here in Singapore is not just to give scholarships, but to build a whole system of support -- to help our athletes reach their full potential.
"I would like to assure the athletes that if you work hard and excel, we would be there to support you and enable you to go as far as you can."
This year's scholarship recipients include 14-year-old shooting champion Martina Veloso, who beat Olympic gold medallist Katerina Emmons at the World Cup in June. Joining her is swimmer Marina Chan, whose 50m butterfly timings of 27.49 seconds smashed records at the Southeast Asian Swimming Championships.
Both will represent Singapore in the Commonwealth, Asian and Youth Olympic Games.
Martina said: "These funds will be useful for me for overseas trips, and buying new equipment so that I can sharpen up. I won't have to burden my parents."
Marina also expressed her appreciation for the scholarship and said: "For me, I think the focus of the Peter Lim Scholarship is more towards how I'm able to improve my training.
"So with that financial help, I'll be able to go overseas for training camps. That is the type of support I need to push myself further." - CNA/ac
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