92 Athletes To Benefit From Enhanced High Performance Sports System

24 Sep 2013

Singapore, 24 September 2013 - The High Performance Sports (HPS) Steering Committee awarded 66 athletes across 15 sports the inaugural Sports Excellence Scholarship (spexScholarship) today. In addition, 26 athletes from nine sports who have demonstrated potential to progress to the level of a spexScholar in the future have been identified for targeted support.

2. The spexScholarship was announced earlier in March to provide enhanced support for highly talented Singaporean athletes with demonstrated potential for international sporting achievements. It will also increase the level of the support given through the existing HPS System.

3. In all, the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) received 218 nominations across 28 sports by the end of April 2013, of which 152 athletes from 20 sports were shortlisted for interviews. Following the interviews, the HPS Selection & Performance Sub-Committee and the HPS Steering Committee reviewed the shortlisted candidates and confirmed the list of spexScholars.

4. The SSI is in the process of working out training programmes with the respective spexScholars and their NSAs and will be starting off these programmes progressively over the next three to four months.
5. Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Chairman of the HPS Steering Committee, said: "The spexScholarship will provide the selected Team Singapore athletes with an enhanced level of support to enable them to fully realise their aspirations and their competitive potential. With the introduction of the spexScholarship, we hope to see more Singaporean athletes focus on the fulltime pursuit of sport excellence.

6. "Beyond this group of spexScholars, we have also identified another group of athletes who have shown potential to be a spexScholar but are not at that level yet. We will provide them with additional support, and we hope that they will be able to advance to the level of a spexScholar within a year or two,"

7. These 26 athletes from nine sports will be given targeted support such as overseas training camps, competitions and equipment to enable them to maximise their potential. At the same time, they will continue to be eligible, just like all other athletes in the carding system, to the spexGrants support provided by the SSI.

8. Nominations for the second intake of spexScholars will take place in April 2014.


Annex A:
Sports Excellence Scholars (spexScholars) 2013

  1. Danny Bawa Chrisnanta
  2. Neo Yu Yan Vanessa
  3. Liang Xiaoyu
  1. Tan Shi Hua Jazreel
  2. Ng Lin Zhi Shayna
  3. Tan Shi Hua Cherie
  4. Tan Shi Jing Daphne
  5. Lim Hui Ying Bernice
  6. Muhammad Jaris Goh Bin Ali Akbar Goh
  7. New Hui Fen
  1. Lee Wei Ling Geraldine
  2. Suzanne Seah
  3. Chen Jiemei Sarah
  4. Chen Jiexian Stephenie
  5. Lee Yang Jing Wilona
  6. Ng Xiang Ru Annabelle
  1. Peter Edward Gilchrist
Disability Sports
  1. Laurentia Tan Yen-Yi
  2. Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohammad Taha
  3. Mohamed Ismail Bin Hussain
  4. Tan Chern Maximillian
  5. Gemma Rose Foo Jen
  6. Yong Phen Chong Thomas
  7. Toh Sze Ning
  1. Lee Huimin Ann
  2. Wong Ye Han Cheryl
  3. Lim Ian Joshua
  4. Lim Wei Wen
  5. Khoo Zile Willie
  6. Wong Ye Ying Liane
  1. Woo Ke-Jun Jonathan
  1. Tam Jing Ying Joey
  2. Lim Shu Min Nicolette
  3. Yeo Yan Charmaine
  4. Zeng Qiyan
  5. Lau Wei-Ning Ashly
  6. Dai Min Yi Janessa
  7. Michelle Teo Yin Zhi
  1. Cheng Xinru Colin
  2. Yin Yueling Elizabeth
  3. Scott Glen Sydney
  4. Lim Min Kimberly
  5. Savannah Siew Kiah Hui
  6. Chan Jing Hua Victoria
  7. Lo Jun Han Ryan
  1. Ser Xiang Wei Jasmine
  2. Lim Yee Xien
  3. Yang Shuet Hwei
  4. Teh Xiu Yi
  1. Muhammad Shakir Bin Juanda
  2. Muhammad Iqbal Bin Abdul Rahman
  3. Muhammad Nur Alfian Bin Juma?en
  1. Joseph Schooling
  2. Quah Zheng Wen
  3. Tao Li
  4. Lim Xiang Qi Amanda
  5. Danny Yeo Kai Quan
  6. Samantha Louisa Yeo Ginn
Table Tennis
  1. Feng Tian Wei
  2. Yu Meng Yu
  3. Gao Ning
  4. Yang Zi
  5. Zhan Jian
  6. Li Hu
  1. Sasha Siew Hoon Christian
  1. Samuel Tan
Annex B
Athletes with Future Potential for spexScholarship 2013

These athletes will be given targeted support such as overseas training camps, competitions and equipment to enable them to maximise their potential. They continue to be eligible for the spexGrants support provided by the SSI, like all the other athletes in the carding system.

  1. Tan Si Lie
  2. Ng Wei Qing Justin
  1. Yeo Foo Ee Gary
  2. Kang Li Loong Calvin
  1. Yeo Jia Min
  1. Teo Guang Yi Lucas
  2. Chua Lip Heng Clarence
  3. Muhammad Syaheenul Aiman Bin Nasiman
  4. Tay Zi Qiang
  5. Brandon Ooi Wei Cheng
  6. Benjamin Low Wei Fu
  7. Lee Wei Liang Bill
Disability Sports
  1. Tan Eng Kiong Benson
  2. Goh Rui Si Theresa
  1. Hariss S/O Harun
  2. Mohamad Izwan Bin Mahbud
  1. Bertha Han Jing
  2. Teo Yee Kang Ryan
  3. Koh Yi Kun
  4. Neo Jiun Jie Samuel
  5. Fathin Rasyiqah Bte Mohamed Firdaus
  1. Lim Shu-En Lynette
  2. Ong Chui Bin Mylene
Table Tennis
  1. Zhou Yi Han
  2. Isabelle Li Siyun
  3. Lin Ye
Annex C
spexScholarship Fact Sheet

Sports Excellence Scholarship (spexScholarship)

The Sports Excellence Scholarship is a scheme under the High Performance Sports (HPS) System that provides an enhanced level of support for highly talented Singaporeans athletes with demonstrated prowess for international sporting achievements.

The scholarship will increase both the breadth and depth of the existing HPS System.

The increase in programme depth is achieved by supporting highly talented athletes along the entire pathway, from the point of talent identification at national sports level onwards and not only at the apex of the Sports Excellence pathway. Highly talented athletes from Youth Sports programmes can now continue their sports development through this scheme when they leave the School Sports system. The spexScholarship, therefore, provides continuity from School and Youth Sports to National representation in International Sports.
The spexScholarship will provide the following:

  1. Financial support
  • Monthly stipend to sustain full-time training at SEA Games and higher levels
  • Median annual stipend amounts are $$24,000 (SEA Games or equivalent), $60,000 (Asian Games or equivalent) and $$90,000 for (Olympic Games or equivalent)
  • Coaching
  • Training, competition and equipment
  1. Education support for student athletes: e.g.
  • Flexible education programme
  • Education service support (programme counseling, university applications)
  • Effective studentship (extra tutorial, goal setting etc)
  1. Career preparation for adult athletes: e.g.
  • Athlete-friendly employer networking
  • Career counseling
  • Internships and job attachments
  • Training e.g., interview skills, effective working habits, and personal grooming.
  1. Personal and life-skill development: e.g.
  • Time management
  • Communication skills
  • Financial and life planning
  • Conflict resolution
Total Cost of the spexScholarship:

The spexScholarship will cost about S$40 million over 5 years.
Selection Process

The main point of entry into the selection process is through nomination by the respective NSAs. Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) can also introduce candidates into the selection process through its own channel of identifying talented athletes for the scheme.

All candidates were shortlisted and selected through an interview by a selection panel. Candidates who were successful in this round were then forwarded to the HPS Selection & Performance Sub-Committee for support before they were floated to the HPS Steering Committee for final approval. Athletes who are not successful in the selection will continue to receive spexGrant support under the HPS pathway.

The key principles of selection are to select athletes with demonstrated potential for podium success, training commitment as well as good attitude & behaviour.

The candidates were assessed on the following:

a. Training commitment:
Training volume profile (> 12 months) of the athlete will be benchmarked against the volume of a full-time training load i.e., 10 sessions / week or about 30hrs/week

b. Sports Performance:
Sports performance track record (>12 months) will be benchmarked against the standards of the medallists (Gold, Silver and Bronze) at the respective major Games. For example, an athlete at the Asian Games level will be benchmarked against the standards at the Asian Games or equivalent competition. The benchmark standards are derived from an international sports database that we subscribe to (Infostrada). The type of measurement we use for benchmarking will be unique to each sport (e.g., world ranking, positions over a series of competitions, timings, distance etc)

c. Attitude and Behaviour:
This will come in the form of character reference from Coaches / administrators / peers and, if necessary, independent character reference. Our Sport Psychologists will also be involved in the selection process and present during interviews.

d. Performance and Laboratory Tests:
Such tests will be conducted only when necessary and on a case-by-case basis. For example, aerobic capacity test to differentiate the potential between two endurance athletes; cognitive performance and motor skill tests for skill-based sports.

Programme Operation: Functional Sports Programme

Once the selection of the athletes is finalised, SSI will go into a formal partnership with the respective NSA to start a Functional Sport Programme (FSP) for each sport. The FSP will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the programme. All the FSP will come under the management of SSI and each FSP comprises the SSI High Performance Manager, Coaches, NSA representative, and Sports Science and Medicine Personnel.

Duration of Scholarships

The duration of the scholarship is tied to the Games-cycle (also Carding cycle) of the respective levels in the HPS pathway
  • Levels 1 and 2: 4 years
  • Levels 3 and 4: 2 years

All the contracts will be reviewed for renewal at the end of each game-cycle e.g., Olympic Games or SEA Games.

Obligations of the Scholar Athletes

Under the spexScholarship, the scholar athletes are expected to:
  • Commit fully to the training programme
  • Take personal responsibility to balance between academic / career, personal and sports development
  • Fulfil the social outreach programme requirements
  • Participate actively in the life-skill development programme
  • Be a role model for the youths of Singapore
Annex D
Overview of High Performance Sports System

Annex E
High Performance Sports (HPS) Steering Committee


Lawrence Wong
Ag Minister for Culture, Community and Youth

Teo Ser Luck
Minister of State
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Dr Ben Tan
President, Singapore Sailing Federation

Deborah Tan
Principal, Singapore Sports School

Edmond Pereira
Executive Director
Edmond Pereira Law Corporation

Hugh Lim

Deputy Secretary
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

Dr Lam Pin Min

President, Singapore Dragon Boat Association

Ng Ser Miang
Vice President
Singapore National Olympic Council

Richard Seow

Singapore Sports Council

Tan Ju Seng

Singapore National Paralympic Council

Tan Soo Nan
Chief Executive Officer
Tote Board

High Performance Sports (HPS) Selection and Performance Sub-Committee


Teo Ser Luck
Minister of State for Trade and Industry

Abdullah Tarmugi
Former Minister and Speaker of Parliament
Top School Sportsman

Annabel Pennefather
Vice President, Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC)

Deborah Tan

Principal, Singapore Sports School

Dr Patrick Goh
Chairman, Anti-Doping Singapore Advisory Board
Chairman, SEA RADO

A/Prof Teo Koh Sock Miang

President, Special Olympics

Gary Pryke
MD, Corporate & Finance, Drew & Napier
Master Athlete, Runner and Ultra Distance Swimmer

Ho Ren Hua
Executive Director and Country Head, China, Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd
Top School Track & Field athlete

C Kunalan
Singapore Sporting Icon

Lim Teck Yin

CEO, Singapore Sports Council

Tan Yen Yen
Senior Vice-President, Oracle Application
Triathlete and Advocate for Corporate Sports

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