Special awards of fortitude and sportsmanship to Zhu Xiaoping and Ashley Liew

Coach Zhu Xiaoping with gymnast Noelle Goh (photo on left) and Ashley (centre) with SNOC President Mr Tan Chuan-Jin (left) and Singapore Athletics President Mr Tang Weng Fei

17 Jun 2016

Singapore, 17 June 2016 – The Singapore Sports Awards (SSA) selection committee, chaired by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), revealed today that they would be honouring two individuals at the Singapore Sports Awards on Thursday, 23 June 2016 at the Raffles City Convention Centre. Both have displayed exemplary qualities through their deeds.

Rhythmic gymnastics coach Ms Zhu Xiaoping (56) will receive a special award for her selfless dedication to help her athletes prepare for the 28th SEA Games, despite a battle with stage 4 cancer that had left her in poor health. Marathoner Mr Ashley Liew’s (28) act of sportsmanship in slowing down when his competitors had missed a U-turn at the men’s marathon at the 28th SEA Games has earned him recognition as a fine example of fair play.

Said Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, “Ashley’s honest act of slowing down to ensure that he does not have an unfair advantage strikes a chord with Singaporeans as they lauded his act of sportsmanship many times over.”

Mr Tan also reserved special mention for Zhu, after visiting her at her home this morning, “In the pursuit of sports excellence, it is often our athletes and not the people behind the scenes in the limelight. Coach Zhu Xiaoping put her athletes and Singapore Gymnastics’ interests above her own health and served selflessly to help them prepare for the 28th SEA Games. Her dedication to sport is admirable.

“Thank you Ashley and Xiaoping for inspiring us with their selflessness, integrity and dedication.”

The Singapore Sports Awards is organised by the SNOC and Sport Singapore (SportSG), and supported by the Tote Board family. The annual awards recognise and honour deserving individuals and teams who have accomplished outstanding sporting achievements in 2015 across 11 categories. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 23 June.

Athletes and teams who were previously recognised for special accolades include: swimmers Ms Quah Ting Wen and Ms Joscelin Yeo and the national men’s water polo teams from 1963-2003.

Read Zhu Xiaoping’s story of fortitude here.

Read Ashley Liew’s story of sportsmanship here.