The new community project and the additional donation to the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship will amount to a total commitment of $30 million. Photo: SNOC
Private investor and principal donor Mr Peter Lim pledged
to continue supporting young Singapore athletes for another 10 years from 2021-2030,
donating a further $10 million to the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, who was the guest-
of-honour, announced this in his speech at the awards presentation ceremony today.
Mr Lim will donate a separate $20 million to start a new community project focused on
helping children from less privileged backgrounds, to help them reach their potential.
Details of this project will be announced in the near future.
The new community project and the additional donation to the Singapore Olympic
Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship will amount to a total commitment of $30 million.
In 2010, Lim donated $10 million to the SOF to start a sport scholarship. Since then,
2,642 scholarships worth $7.2 million have been disbursed in four categories: Primary
($1,000), Secondary ($2,000), Tertiary ($3,000) and High Performance Under-18
($5,000). Recipients can use the monies to pay for their competition expenses, buy
sport equipment as well as to cover school-related expenses.
To qualify for the scholarship, recipients have to meet a set of criteria,
including posting consistent results in relevant sports competitions. A majority of the
recipients come from financially-challenged backgrounds and have
demonstrated a potential to excel in their respective sports.
This year, 1,013 applications from 186 schools were received. Out of these
applications, 280 student-athletes in 44 sports from 83 schools will receive
scholarships to the tune of $781,000.
A record number of 53 student-athletes will receive the high performance under-18 scholarships, including Kampton Kam (above). Photo: SNOC
A record number of 53 student-athletes will receive the high performance under-18 scholarships, including a figure skater, Pagiel Sng – the first in his sport as a SOF-
Peter Lim scholarship recipient. Recipients also include SEA Games aspirants, and 2018 Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Youth Olympic Games athletes Koen
Pang (Table Tennis), Christie Chue (Swimming) and Kampton Kam (Athletics).
Recipients will also benefit from a partnership with Thomson Medical to access sports
medical services at Thomson Wellth’s Musculoskeletal Clinic. They will have quicker
access to sports medical care and treatment that will help relieve pain, accelerate
healing and prevent the recurrences of sports injuries. On top of this, recipients will
receive an exclusive lifetime membership to Thomson Medical’s Celebrating Life
Loyalty Programme, granting them access to a comprehensive range of health and
wellness services from Thomson Medical Group for life.
“Sport has taught me many things including the importance of good nutrition, time management and responsibility. When I do well in my sport, I try to be a good example to young children and encourage them to take up cycling. I am very thankful to the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship for supporting my passion in BMX cycling, one day I hope I can make it to the Olympic Games”, said Mas Ridzwan Bin Mohamad Ali (16) of NorthLight School, a two-time secondary category recipient in 2016 and 2018 and the first cyclist to receive the high performance under-18 award.
Another notable impact of the Scholarship includes the development of artistic swimming and fencing athletes in Singapore over the past nine years. Athletes from these sports have been recipients since 2011. In recent years, they have achieved significant milestones in their sport including artistic swimmers’ qualification for their first Asian Games in 2018 and Singapore’s fencers’ international success on the cadet and junior stage.
Every year, a notable athlete or sport leader will attend the ceremony as a special guest to share their journey and advice to the audience. Swimming world champion and four-time Olympic champion Mrs Libby Trickett of Australia answered questions from the recipients and shared her anecdotes from her swimming career. She also presented awards to athletes in the tertiary category. Joining her on stage were Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and Lim, who presented the awards in the primary and secondary categories.
Mr Peter Lim (second from right) presented with the IOC Trophy by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance. They are accompanied on stage by Mr Ng Ser Miang (first from right), Chairman of the SOF and executive board member of the International Olympic Committee, as well as Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). Photo: SNOC
After presenting the scholarships to those in the high performance under-18 category, DPM Heng was invited by Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of the SOF and executive board member of the International Olympic Committee to present the IOC Trophy to Lim. The IOC Trophy, themed "Olympism in Action" in 2018, was conferred to Lim by the IOC and the SNOC for his contribution to Singapore sport and the community.