NTUC FairPrice Foundation presents Sports Scholarships to Asian Youth Games medallists

The AYG-NTUC FairPrice Foundation Scholarship Recipients with Mr Seah Kian Peng (front row, third from right)

04 Dec 2013

Singapore, 4 December 2013 – Seventeen medallists who performed well at at the Nanjing 2013 Asian Youth Games received sports scholarships from the NTUC FairPrice Foundation today.

The 121-strong Singapore contingent (84 athletes and 37 officials) represented Singapore in nine sports and returned with a medal haul of five golds, 12 silvers and six bronzes at the Games which was held from 16 to 24 August 2013 in Nanjing, China, venue of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The NTUC FairPrice Foundation Sports Scholarship for Athletes – Asian Youth Games 2013 is sponsored by the NTUC FairPrice Foundation, a registered charity set up by NTUC FairPrice in 2008, whose aim is to provide “A Better Life for the Community” and be a world-class retailer with a heart. The Foundation has sponsored a total of $81,500 to this year’s recipients. NTUC Fairprice Foundation also sponsored the scholarships awards for the 2009 Asian Youth Games and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

The Scholarship is modelled differently from the Multi-Million Award Programme (MAP) for the four major games – Olympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Southeast Asian Games, in that the awardees receive no cash. Instead, the awardee receives a sports scholarship with a cash value with which they can use to offset the school or tuition fees, purchase of training and competition equipment, vitamins and supplements, tickets to training camps, coaching fees and more.

The scholarships range from $750 to $6,000 for an individual medal, $3,000 to $10,000 for a team (event) medal and $6,000 to $15,000 for a team (sports) medal. The scholarships will help to defray the cost of the training as the athletes pursue greater heights in their sporting careers.

Receiving top honours at the ceremony this year is swimmer Quah Zheng Wen whose six-medal haul, including three golds, two silvers and one bronze, has earned him a total of SGD18,750. His team mate, swimmer Samatha Yeo, claims SGD14,250 for her deserving performance of one gold and four silver medals.

Mr Seah Kian Peng, CEO of the NTUC FairPrice and Guest-of-Honour of the ceremony, and Chef de Mission Tan Paey Fern presented the awards to the athletes.

Choy Yu Yong, 16, a NTUC FairPrice Foundation sports scholar who won a bronze medal in the individual men’s sabre fencing event, said, “I would like to thank NTUC FairPrice Foundation for the scholarship. The scholarship can help me to subsidy my expenses incurred in fencing such as competition and equipment costs, and I am very proud to be a recipient of the scholarship.”