ActiveSG was awarded the 2015 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Trophy for “Sport and Innovation” on Tuesday night at an IOC awards presentation ceremony.
The mass participation initiative beat out competition from Singapore Sports School and Singapore Sports Institute to clinch the yearly award, which is based on different theme every year.
The ActiveSG national movement for sport has attracted almost 1 million members thus far and 600,000 of them have utilised credits to take part in activities and book sport facilities.
Chief of ActiveSG, Lai Chin Kwang, speaks during the event. Photo: Sport Singapore
Chief of ActiveSG Lai Chin Kwang said he was both happy and humbled by the achievements of ActiveSG so far, and will keep striving to reach out to as many Singaporeans as possible.
“One of the key outcomes that we are very humbled by, and now we know we have to do much more, is that many Singaporeans are excited and engaged by us.
“Today we are fortunate that we have near to a million members, about 995,000 members signing up for our membership as of today.”
“We know that we want to create a lot of opportunities for our people to be engaged, not just sports for sports sake, but for play, for physical activities, and for ability to bond with their families.”
The IOC Diploma of Merit, a revived Olympic award, was also presented to three individuals on Tuesday to recognise their efforts and contributions to the Olympic movement and sport.
Former Olympians Tan Howe Liang and Tan Eng Liang, as well as Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) Secretary-General Chris Chan were presented the awards by IOC member Ng Ser Miang and SNOC President Tan Chuan-Jin.
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (first from right) and Ng Ser Miang (first from left) present (from left) Chris Chan, Dr Tan Eng Liang and Tan Howe Liang with the IOC Diplomas of Merit. Photo: Sport Singapore
Tan Howe Liang brought home Singapore's first Olympic medal in 1960 and remained the only medallist for the next 48 years until the women's table tennis team won a silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Tan Eng Liang is a former water polo athlete who first represented Singapore in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He is also a veteran Chef de Mission, leading Team Singapore at 12 major Games, including the 2015 SEA Games where they recorded their best showing with 259 medals.
Chris Chan has been the SNOC Secretary-General since 2002 and has made the SNOC an efficient and effective organisation among the NOCs worldwide. He was also part of the team that delivered a successful Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Minister Tan said in a speech during the awards presentation: "Often, we seek inspiration from figures in sport, from people whose hearts are in sport not for expedient reasons or for personal benefit, but for all the priceless values that sport upholds.”
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (centre) applauds during the event. Photo: Sport Singapore
"Howe Liang, Eng Liang and Chris have demonstrated these values through their commitment to sports."