(L to R) Swimmers and Gold medallists Quah Zheng Wen, Tao Li and Joseph Schooling (Photo by Sport Singapore)
The road is hard for amateur athletes around the world. More so if you come from a country as academically focused as Singapore.
But as 183 of our Team Singapore athletes can attest, golden performances will be rewarded.
They received cash prizes totalling one million dollars from the Tote Board family, comprising Tote Board, Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club, at the SNOC 28th SEA Games Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP) Awards Presentation and Team Singapore Appreciation Dinner.
Guest of honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, gave out the awards together with Mr Fong Yong Kian, Chief Executive of Tote Board and Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Ministry of Communications and Information.
They were also joined on stage by chef de mission Dr Tan Eng Liang.
Multiple award winners such as Joseph Schooling, Quah Zheng Wen and Tao Li took to the stage several times to collect their various team and individual prizes.
Individual gold medallists at the SEA Games were rewarded for up to three gold medals won at the SEA Games, each gold medallist will receive $10,000 for the first gold medal, and $5,000 each for the second and third medals.
Gold medallists will receive $15,000 in team events and $30,000 in team sports.
Bowler Jazreel Tan (center) receiving her award and a personalized token from Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (second from right)
(L to R) CDM Dr Tan Eng Liang, Mr Fong Yong Kian, Jazreel Tan, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin and Minister Lawrence Wong (Photo by Sport Singapore)
Notable winners for the individual events included bowler Jazreel Tan and Silat exponent Alfian Juma’en.
"It was a fantastic experience," Jazreel said of the Games. "I haven’t really bowled on home ground with such an amazing crowd before. Everybody coming together and cheering us on that was just amazing.”
When asked about his plans for the incentive, Alfian said the money will be given to his family for all the support that they have given him in his sporting endeavours.
During his opening address, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin was full of praise for the athletes.
"The 28th SEA Games was indeed extraordinary for Singapore," he said.
"The 29th edition is not too far away on the horizon, and I wish athletes who aspire to compete all the best in their preparations.
"We have seen new milestones set by our athletes such as Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen since the SEA Games. Well done, and I hope it inspires more athletes to aspire to greater things."