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TomTom helps CareRunners set the pace for 2015

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TomTom helps CareRunners set the pace for 2015

23 April, 2015   Laura Reid

TomTom’s Regional Commercial Director poses with SportCares Runner Abdul Thaslim. Photo: ActiveSg
TomTom’s Regional Commercial Director poses with SportCares Runner Abdul Thaslim. (Photo by SportCares)

Coming off some strong performances at the Singapore Schools Sports Council 56th Championships, four young teens from the CareRunners programme by SportCares received an unexpected bonus on Saturday afternoon at CCAB Track.

CareRunners Hanisa, Qistina, Thaslim and Zul were presented with their very own GPS Sport Watches from new SportCares corporate supporter TomTom. The donation of 15 GPS watches to SportCares is part of TomTom’s corporate social responsibility programme to help competitive athletes from difficult circumstances achieve their potential.

“We have seen genuine talent come through our SportCares programmes. Resources such as the right coaches, the right gear and the right nutritional and fitness support can accelerate the development of these athletes,” said Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer of Sport Singapore. “Zul’s gold medal in the 800-metre Boys C-Division last week, after only three months at Sports School, is proof of that. I am happy with TomTom’s support of the SportCares athletes,” added Mr Lim.

“It puts the watches into the hands of an underserved community. I hope that more companies will see the value in supporting all of our competitive athletes.”

Simon Barker, TomTom’s Regional Commercial Director speaks with SportCares Runners. Photo: Sport Singapore.
Simon Barker, TomTom’s Regional Commercial Director speaks with SportCares Runners. (Photo by SportCares)

“TomTom is delighted to become a corporate supporter for the SportCares programme. We are keen to make a real difference for the CareRunners athletes and through using our latest range of GPS sports watches it will really help them to achieve their goals. There is a huge opportunity for all of us to support the youth community and we are looking forward to developing this new partnership,” said Simon Barker, TomTom’s Regional Commercial Director.

The TomTom GPS watches will help the youth adopt a more data-driven approach to training. They will be able to set goals and monitor their progress in real time. With guidance from coach Elangovan, they will review the data and adjust training to optimise performance.

16 year-old Thaslim, who attends Queensway Secondary School, placed in the Top 8 in the Boys B-Division 800-metre event at the Championships, despite some formidable competition from runners from ACS (I), Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Institution and Sports School.  For the 2016 Championships, Thaslim is looking to break into the Top 5.

In the meantime, though, Thaslim will be testing his TomTom watch at the Energiser Night Trail on 2 May at Mandai.