Fitness First says Thank You to Singapore’s Olympic Heroes for 69 years of Games Participation

10 Jul 2017

143 Olympic heroes receive Fitness First memberships to continue on their fitness journeys

Singapore, 10 July 2017 – Named the official fitness partner of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) in 2015, award-winning fitness company Fitness First has been supporting 200 Team Singapore (TeamSG) athletes on their path to major games including Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Today, Fitness First announced they are extending their support beyond current TeamSG athletes to honour all Singaporean athletes who’ve competed at the Olympics since 1948.

Called “Always a Champion”, the new initiative recognises 143 athletes for their contributions to Singapore’s sporting achievements over 69 years of Olympic participation.

Mr. Andrew Phillips, Managing Director of Fitness First Singapore said, “We are extremely proud to strengthen our partnership with SNOC in support of TeamSG’s Olympic athletes. More than that, we want to play a meaningful role in bringing Singapore’s sporting community together and celebrating its heroes.”

“Following a historic gold medal win that united the nation in 2016, this is now a timely moment to honour the great athletes of yesteryear who have paved the way for our sporting successes today and to let them know that their achievements continue to inspire us all. So this year, we decided it would be fitting to show our appreciation by supporting our Olympic heroes on their fitness journeys to and beyond the competition,” continued Mr. Phillips.

The oldest Olympian to join the Fitness First family, 92-year-old Chia Boon Leong who was part of the China football team at the 1948 London Games. The youngest of the lot is 20-year-old swimmer Quah Zheng Wen, who competed at Rio last year. “Always a Champion” will celebrate athletes across 20 sporting disciplines, by giving them access to Fitness First’s premium training and equipment offerings in Singapore and over 370 clubs globally, till the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Dr. Tan Eng Liang, President of Olympians Singapore, said, “On behalf of Olympians Singapore, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Fitness First for the special recognition. Fitness First’s generosity in recognising the achievements of the Singapore Olympians and providing access to their premium facilities is unheralded. We hope our Olympians are able to continue to play a role in contributing to the community and inspire future generations of youth to participate in sports.”

Audrey Yong, 2016 Rio Olympian who has won medals at the Youth Olympic Games and SEA Games said, “I am very thankful for the privileges extended by Fitness First, their gyms and clubs are excellent. I really enjoy Zumba and yoga classes and I look forward to participating in the different freestyle and group exercise classes with my fellow Olympians.”

Reinforcing Fitness First’s commitment to supporting Singapore’s athletes on their fitness journeys, “Always a Champion” is a natural extension of the brand’s existing sponsorship agreements with SNOC and the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC).