Currently Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and a member of the Olympic Games Selection Committee, Annabel Pennefather must be the epitome of a modern day wonder woman. After spending over 25 years practising law, including being elected Vice President of the Law Society of Singapore, Annabel proceeded to devote her life to sports promotion and administration. Her latest achievement was as Chef de Mission to the Singapore contingent at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. This was her third time serving as Chef de Mission, as she has previously served at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Prior to entering the legal profession in 1972, Annabel was well known for her sporting achievements as a National hockey player. She represented Singapore from 1964 to 1980 and captained her side for more than 10 years. While Annabel was practising law, it seemed a natural extension of her talents to become involved as a sports administrator in National and International Sport Federations. She also served as a technical official at Olympic Games and as a Governing Council Member on the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), before finally becoming Vice President of SNOC and the first Asian woman to be elected Vice President of the International Hockey Federation. In 1992 Annabel was also elected Vice President of the Singapore Hockey Association, becoming President in 1994. In 1990 Annabel won the IOC Award for outstanding contributions to olympism.
In 1999 Annabel initiated and chaired a National Conference on Women and Sports leading to the formation of the Women and Sports Group (WSG), which is still in existence. In 2005 she was awarded the IOC Women and Sport Trophy for Asia, congratulating her on her outstanding role in promoting sport in Singapore. In the same year Her World magazine named her Woman of the Year.
For all her voluntary work, Annabel was awarded the Public Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2001 and the FIH Order of Merit in 2002. A remarkable set of achievements by a remarkable woman.