Benedict Tan Chi’-Loong
Like many dedicated athletes, sailor Benedict Tan has maintained his commitment to sports development in Singapore long after his competitive career. Now a sports rehab doctor, Ben also sits on the board of the Singapore Sports Council and is a member of the Singapore National Olympic Council. Ben believes that a sports fraternity can and should exist among competitors to help more individuals realize their potential.
As chair of the National Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, Ben Tan brings first-hand understanding of the demands and pressures on a competitive athlete. His competitive potential began to be realized in 1989 when he won his first gold medal at the SEA Games. He also won gold in 1991, 1993 and 1995. In 1994, Ben was the first Singaporean sailor to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. In 1995, he was ranked among the top 50 sailors in the world. Ben competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, sailing his Laser into 36th spot of 86 competitors.
Ben won the title of Sportsman of the Year three times during the 1990s. He also has been awarded a Public Services Star, the Public Services Medal and the Singapore Youth Award.