Valencia's Jaume Domenech, Santi Mina, Mathew Ryan, Javi Fuego and Paco Alcacer during the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship presentation at ITE College East on 20 May 2016. Photo: Sport Singapore
Graced by a line-up of Valencia Club de Futbol stars including Paco Alcacer and Santi Mina, as well as former Olympian Logan Tom, the youth athletes got more than just financial assistance that day as they listened to stories of personal triumph in the face of adversity shared by Alcacer and Tom.
Volleyball player Logan Tom told the auditorium full of budding athletes: "I came from a single-parent household, [and] my mother worked three jobs, so it was through the grace of people like Mr Lim that I was able to play."
For Team Singapore athlete Kugapriya Chandran, Tom's story strikes a familiar chord as she comes from a similar background, and the ITE College West student couldn't be more thankful for the scholarship.
“This additional incentive helps to pay for my school fees, the sporting equipment I need for the track and my daily expenses,” said Chandran, whose mother works part-time as retail assistant.
“I am humbled and grateful for the support and recognition. Being recognised for the SOF-PL scholarship gives me more motivation to train harder and to be a positive role model for younger athletes.”
Logan Tom during the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship presentation at ITE College East on 20 May 2016. Photo: Sport Singapore
In its sixth edition now, the scholarship provides financial disbursements to youth athletes to help them in their pursuit of sporting excellence.
Chairman of the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) Ng Ser Miang said: “The SOF-PL scholarship continues to reach out to young athletes who need the support in the sporting pursuits, this is made possible because of Mr Peter Lim's generosity and we are grateful for his continued support.”
Launched in 2010 when Peter Lim donation $10 million to the SOF, 1758 scholarships have so far been awarded.
Seven former recipients of the scholarship, including Joseph Schooling, Quah Zheng Wen and Jasmine Ser, have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.