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Recipients of the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship hit the 1,000 mark

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  • More than S$2.8 million awarded to young athletes in Singapore over a short span of four years
  • High performance category modified to focus on youth development
  • 2014 recipients include outstanding young talents such as Martina Veloso, Veronica Shanti Pereira and Nur Marina Chan

Singapore, 5 July 2014 – Close to 300 deserving young athletes were awarded the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship at the ITE College Central today. Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information, graced the award presentation ceremony as the Guest-of-Honour.

The SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship was launched in 2010 when businessman and philanthropist Mr Peter Lim donated $10 million to the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) to set up a scholarship. This donation remains the largest individual donation for a sports scholarship in Singapore.

Lim ScholarshipThe Scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to outstanding young athletes from financially-challenged backgrounds to facilitate their pursuit in sports excellence. Recipients are required to meet a criteria which includes consistent results at relevant sports competitions.

So far, over 1,000 SOF-Peter Lim Scholarships valued at more than S$2.8 million, have been awarded. This year alone, more than 1,000 athletes from 50 sports representing 160 schools applied for the Scholarship, a testimony to its popularity among young aspiring athletes.

The Scholarship also supports under-18 high performance athletes who are on a high performance pathway and train with the national youth or national teams. This year, the age criteria for the High Performance category has been modified from open age to under-18, to cater to younger athletes who do not qualify for other support systems.

Lim ScholarshipThis year’s recipients include outstanding young talents such as Veronica Shanti Pereira (Athletics), Adam Swandi (Football), Loh Jia Yi (Sailing), Nur Marina Chan (Swimming) and Martina Veloso (Shooting). The latter two will be heading to the Commonwealth Games, Youth Olympic Games and Asian Games to represent Singapore in their respective sports.

Former recipients returned to participate in a special segment to share their experiences and tips with this year’s recipients. Amanda Lim (Swimming) and Muhammad Alfian (Silat), were joined on stage by Veronica Shanti Pereira, Adam Swandi and Geraldine Chew (Synchronised swimming) as they gave an insight to their sporting lives.

“I’m very grateful to be awarded the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship. The scholarship will not only help me to pay for equipment such as shoes and spikes, it also recognises my efforts and achievements and motivates me to do better in sports,” said Veronica Shanti Pereira who was among the High Performance Under-18 awardees.

“We continue to see an enthusiastic subscription to the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship from young aspiring athletes this year. This is a positive indication of the increased level of interest in sports among the youth in Singapore. The Singapore Olympic Foundation is pleased that the Scholarship has now supported more than 1,000 young athletes in the pursuit of their sporting dreams and would like to express our gratitude to Mr Peter Lim for his continued generosity and support,” said Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of the Singapore Olympic Foundation.

Annex A – List of Under-18 High Performance Category Recipients

No

Full Name

School

Sport

1

Veronica Shanti Pereira

Republic Polytechnic

Athletics

2

Yapp Aloysius

Coleman College

Cuesports

3

Lee Kar Yi Jolie

Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)

Fencing

4

Zachary Chen Yi

Singapore Sports School

Fencing

5

Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan

Singapore Sports School

Fencing

6

Adam Bin Swandi

Louis De Cormontaigne High School, France

Football

7

Chia Daphne Theresa

Raffles Institution

Rhythmic Gymnastics

8

Dawne Chua Yun Xi

Raffles Girls School

Rhythmic Gymnastics

9

Elisa Yukie Yokoyama

Raffles Institution (Junior College)

Sailing

10

Loh Jia Yi

Raffles Institution

Sailing

11

Raynn Kwok (Guo Jinquan)

St Hilda’s Primary School

Sailing

12

Ryan Kwok (Guo Ziquan)

Raffles Institution

Sailing

13

Bernice Tan Rui Lin

Raffles Institution (JC)

Shooting

14

Chua Shin Yoong

Catholic Junior College

Shooting

15

Martina Lindsay Veloso

Singapore Sports School

Shooting

16

Nur Marina Chan Shi Min Alif Abdullah

Anglo Chinese Junior College

Swimming

17

Yong Jerryl

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

Swimming

18

Chew Wei Ling, Geraldine

Nanyang Polytechnic

Synchronised Swimming

19

Miya Yong Hsing

Methodist Girls’ School

Synchronised Swimming

20

Soh Li Fei, Debbie

Singapore Sports School

Synchronised Swimming

21

Poh Shao Feng Ethan

Singapore Sports School

Table Tennis

22

Yin Jing Yuan

Raffles Institution

Table Tennis

23

Chew Xin Wei

East Spring Secondary School

Taekwondo

24

Samuel Tan Wei Han

Victoria Junior College

Wushu

25

Tan Yan Ni

Republic Polytechnic

Wushu

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