Our Team Singapore athletes stepped up to perform on the world stage and were duly rewarded for their efforts at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Incheon 2014 Asian Games MAP Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday.
Held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, the night saw Team Singapore medallists at both Games receive a total of $3.44 million, awarded by SNOC, Tote Board and Singapore Pools.
Led by Chef de Mission Low Teo Ping, Team Singapore won a total of eight Gold, five Silver and four Bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
The contingent of 70 athletes competed in seven sports and took home 17 medals, two Games records, and seven national records and personal bests. A total of 24 medallists received $560,000 for their medal winning performances. They also received personalised gifts from Minister Tan Chuan-Jin and Minister Lawrence Wong for their efforts in the Games.
Closer to home at the Asian Games in South Korea, led by Chef de Mission Jessie Phua, Team Singapore delivered 24 medals of five Gold, six Silver and 13 Bronze medals. Two games records, three national records and 13 personal bests were set.
Among the 223 athletes, 37 were awarded a total of $2.88 million for their success. On top of that, medallists and games record holders also received watches from Tissot, the official timekeeper of the 2014 Asian Games.
“You have all been an inspiration – give yourselves a pat on your backs for the hard work you have put in,” said Guest-of-Honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.
“Congratulations on prevailing the adversities and soldiering on for Singapore. In seven months’ time, this is the same spirit we will need to succeed as a team at the 2015 SEA Games.
Like many Singaporeans, I am looking forward to be part of Team Singapore to support you all the way!”
Bowler Jazreel Tan, who missed the 2006 Asian Games selection and returned home empty-handed in 2010, became the most bemedalled Singaporean at the 2014 edition in Incheon after winning four medals – one Gold, two Silver and one Bronze.
Tan was overjoyed to be recognised for her efforts and credited her coach, former Team Singapore bowler, Remy Ong as one of the reasons for her improved performance.
“It feels pretty amazing to receive this amount of money which you don’t usually win in a tournament. MAP is both good for me and the (Bowling) federation for future training and tournaments,” said Tan.
“I’m very thankful for Remy, because as a former bowler who only just recently retired, he understands how we feel. It’s fun to have a coach who plays with us by setting challenges for us to achieve.
He was my teammate for eight years and now he’s my coach. Sometimes I want to kill him, but yeah, he has helped me to improve a lot.”
For Team Singapore shooter Jasmine Ser, receiving a special award for breaking her personal best, Asian Games and National record at the 2014 Asian Games on top of the MAP prize is a motivation for her to work harder.
“I think it is very heart warming to receive these awards because they (SNOC) know how much effort I have put in, and I feel appreciated for that,” Ser explained.
“To break the Asian Games’ record is not an everyday thing and to break it once in four years is even more special. So tonight I’m happy to be recognised for my efforts, but I have much more to improve on.”