OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO INAUGURAL POSB EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS AWARD Vote for Singapore’s favourite POSB Everyday Champion and stand to win up to $30,000 in cash!

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO INAUGURAL POSB EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS AWARD

Vote for Singapore’s favourite POSB Everyday Champion and
stand to win up to $30,000 in cash!

Singapore, 26 February 2009 - The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and POSB honoured 57 of the nation’s foremost sports advocates at the inaugural POSB Everyday Champions award ceremony this evening. The award winners comprise individuals and organisations that contributed consistently, above and beyond the call of duty, to motivate and inspire others to connect and grow through sports. They received their awards from guest-of-honour President S R Nathan.

The new POSB Everyday Champions Award ‘09 is Singapore’s top accolade in recognising the invaluable efforts of everyday individuals in sports promotion. SSC received a record number of almost 3,400 nominations, many of which reflect the stellar contributions of everyday people; champions of sports who passionately encourage sports participation in the community. This laudable figure is close to a 300 per cent increase from the combined entries submitted for the Sporting Singapore Inspiration Award and the Coach Recognition Award held in 2007.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, who attended the award ceremony said: “My congratulations to the POSB Everyday Champion Award winners. I hope this award will spur you on to greater heights, and through your success, inspire more ordinary Singaporeans to become Sporting Champions. May you continue to be active sports promoters and ambassadors for a Sporting Singapore! Together, I am confident that Sports will continue to flourish in our community.”

Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of DBS Group, said: “POSB, a part of the DBS family since 1998, is pleased to honour the passion and commitment of everyday individuals and forward looking organisations through the new POSB Everyday Champions Award. On behalf of DBS and POSB, I would like to congratulate all 57 winners - their zest and dedication, especially during these challenging times, is an inspiration to us all.”

Delighted with the public’s support of the award, Dr Bervyn Lee, Co-Chair of the POSB Everyday Champions Award ‘09 Organising Committee and Director of Sports Culture for the SSC, commented: “The selection panel faced a tough time picking out our 57 winners, from among many high calibre nominations this year. The sheer amount and quality of nominations received this year is testimony that we are making significant headway in making sports a part of our everyday lives. Our winners are also proof that Singapore has her fair share of sporting inspiration – men, women and organisations that stand out for their unflagging efforts and selfless dedication to promoting sports as a way of life.”

Among the winners is 52-year-old Carol Lim who single-handedly set up Elias Park Football Club 10 years ago. The vivacious soccer mum actively ropes in sponsors and parent volunteers, and even got the club a training field which they can call their very own. Over the years, Carol has galvanised thousands of young children, of different races and religion, to come together and lead an active lifestyle through soccer. Carol’s example demonstrates how sports can unite people of diverse background, and create a sense of connectedness in the community.

From the coaches’ category, winner Jason Chen Zhi Kuan is the youngest award recipient but is already making waves in the dragonboat community. A strong believer that everyone can “do” sports, Jason started Naga Merah (meaning red dragon in Malay), a dragonboat team for the visually-handicapped which is the first of its kind in Asia.

On the corporate front, Samsung Asia is one company which advocates a sporting culture not only in its workplace, but also to the greater community. Annually, free inline skating clinics are organised for the public, at various community centres throughout Singapore. In its own way, Samsung plays a vital role in furthering the SSC’s cause of creating a truly sporting nation.

$30,000 to be won!

Log on to singaporesports.sg/posbchampions today to vote for Singapore’s favourite POSB Everyday Champions. Win $1,000 when the POSB Everyday Champion that you vote for emerges as the top three in their respective categories – Individuals, Coaches and Organisations. There will be three winners per category and you could be one of the nine lucky winners to walk away with $1,000 in cash!

In addition, the top three POSB Everyday Champions from the Individuals and Coaches categories will receive $2,000 each, while the top three favourites from the Organisations category will receive $3,000 each.

The online voting closes on Sunday, 15 March 2009, so hurry and vote for Singapore’s favourite POSB Everyday Champions today.

About Singapore Sports Council

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is Singapore’s lead agency tasked with developing sports in Singapore. Our vision is to create a Sporting Singapore where Sports is a way of life. SSC aims to develop sports champions and create enjoyable sporting experiences for Singapore through the three strategic thrusts of cultivating a sporting culture, achieving sports excellence and creating a vibrant sports industry. Formed on 1 October 1973, SSC is a statutory board under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. Please visit the SSC website at www.ssc.gov.sg for more information.

About POSB

A part of the DBS Group, POSB is the largest local bank in Singapore with more than 3.5 million customers. Having served generations of Singaporeans for the past 131 years, it is known as The People’s Bank, and prides itself in being “neighbours first, bankers second”.

With a good understanding of Singaporeans through the years, POSB offers products and services that are relevant to the savings, borrowing, investment and insurance needs of all Singaporeans. In expanding its product mix, POSB launched the “POSB Everyday Credit Card” in 2005, offering savings where it matters – petrol, utilities, groceries and more. As part of its 130th anniversary celebrations, POSB refurbished its network of 49 branches in 2007. With the opening of four new full service POSB branches in December 2008, we have a network of 53 branches. With over 900 ATMs and close to 200 Cash Acceptance Machines across the island, POSB’s self-service banking network is the largest in Singapore.

POSB acknowledges the passion, commitment and can-do spirit in each of its staff. For more information, please visit www.posb.com.sg

About ‘Let’s Play’

‘Let’s Play’ is a nation-wide movement by the Singapore Sports Council to encourage everyone in Singapore to be involved in sports, in all ways, at all times, simply because they enjoy it. Be it playing, watching, cheering, spectating, volunteering, the ‘Let’s Play’ movement seeks to “Energise life through sports’ diverse offer of enjoyable moments and shared experiences.” For more information on ‘Let’s Play’, please visit www.singaporesports.sg

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