SINGAPORE, 3 June 2018 – Six sailors and windsurfers received the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship in a ceremony held at the ITE College Central on Friday afternoon, 1 June 2018.
Asian Games sailing hopefuls, Wong Riji, Koh Yinian, Daniel Ian Toh, Cheryl Teo, and Lee Wonn Kye, as well as Youth Olympic Games windsurfer aspirant, Marsha Shahrin, were among the latest batch of recipients of the scholarship.
Marsha said, “I’m very happy to be representing Singapore at the 2018 YOG. In my preparations for the Games, I will be attending some training camps overseas and in Europe.”
“The SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship will help me to defray these expenses as I work towards improving my skills as well as gaining more experience from competing with the different windsurfers all around the world,” she added.
The Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) set up the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship in June 2010 with a S$10 million donation from philanthropist and sports enthusiast, Mr Peter Lim. The gift remains the single largest donation in Singapore from an individual towards sports development.
The driving force behind the Scholarship is the desire to ensure that no promising young athlete, committed to chasing his sporting dreams, should be hampered by financial considerations. Since the scholarship’s inception, 2,362 student-athletes have received a total of $6.5 million.
This year, almost S$800,000 was given out to a total of 269 student-athletes from 30 sports.
Riji and Yinian, contenders for the upcoming 18th edition of the Asian Games in the double-handed 49er boat class said, “We are really grateful for the scholarships as it will help us purchase equipments and fund our trips for our training for the upcoming Asian Games.”
SOF chairman and Singapore’s International Olympic Committee member Ng Ser Miang said: “Our commitment to support every single recipient in his or her sporting journey remains resolute, as it is our aim to play a part in developing our athletes to reach their potential and achieve sporting glory for Singapore.”