NTUC FairPrice Foundation presents sports scholarship to YOG gold medallist Tamara Ong
From left to right: Chef de Mission Tao Li, Mr Seah Kian Peng, Ms Karen Norden and Mr Tan Chuan-Jin
Singapore, 29 March 2019 – Team Singapore gymnast Tamara Ong received a sports scholarship from NTUC FairPrice Foundation at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) NTUC FairPrice Foundation Sports Scholarship Presentation and Appreciation event today in recognition for the gold medal she won at the Games.
Eighteen athletes represented Team Singapore in ten sports at the third Summer Youth Olympic Games from 6 to 18 October 2018 and returned with one gold medal, one national record and five personal best performances.
Ong’s 13-athlete squad came out tops in the multi-discipline team event and secured a gold medal in the gymnastics mixed nation event in the Argentine capital. She received a scholarship in a value of $6,153.85. Mixed nation events are a special feature of the YOG in a bid to build friendships among athletes, however their medals are not added to a country’s overall medal count at the Games.
As she is currently studying and training in Melbourne, Ong was represented by Ms Karen Norden, General Manager of Singapore Gymnastics. Norden received the scholarship from Mr Seah Kian Peng, Chief Executive of NTUC FairPrice and Director of the Singapore Olympic Foundation. The presentation was witnessed by Guest-of-Honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, Chef de Mission Ms Tao Li, and the rest of the Singapore contingent.
The NTUC FairPrice Foundation Sports Scholarship is sponsored by NTUC FairPrice Foundation whose aims are to provide “A Better Life for the Community” and to be a world-class retailer with a heart. The Foundation also sponsored scholarship awards for medallists of the 2009 and 2013 Asian Youth Games and the 2010 and 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
The Scholarship is modelled differently from the Major Games Award Programme (MAP) for the four major games – the Olympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Southeast Asian Games, where recipients of the NTUC FairPrice Foundation Sports Scholarship receive sports scholarships of cash value instead of cash. They can claim expenses such as school or tuition fees, purchase of training and competition equipment, travel costs to training camps and competitions, coaching fees and more.
Said Ong, “Receiving the scholarship is a pleasant surprise and am extremely grateful for this recognition and support. I’m planning to apply the scholarship towards covering my training costs for the year. I will be back home in June for the Singapore Open as one of the stepping stones to World Championships and SEA Games. I’m hoping that I will qualify and do well in these competitions as I enjoy competing in the international competitions.
“The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games was fun, better than I expected on many fronts. Being amongst athletes who are all dedicated to their own sport was relatable. Conversations were easy, despite language barriers and different sports. It has given me the impetus to be a better gymnast and only wished that the competition allowed for more of my teammates to have had the same experience.”