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Kimberly (right) receiving her award from Dr. Tan. (Photo: ST © SPH. Reprinted with permission.) 


Winning the Asian Optimist Championships just three days earlier, 15-year-old Kimberly Lim ended her week on a high as she was named Singapore’s Sailor of the Year on Sunday night.

 

The secondary three Tanjong Katong Girls’ School student received her award from guest of honour Dr. Tony Tan at Singapore Sailing’s inaugural awards on Sunday.

 

Also receiving awards were 420 partners Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng who were named Team of the Year, and Windsurfer and Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Audrey Yong who was named the rookie of the year.

 

In his speech to the 180 people who attended the dinner at Seb’s Bistro and The Playhouse, Dr. Tan praised SingaporeSailing for its foresight. Referring to its Olympic Pathway report that was unveiled yesterday, Dr. Tan said, “That Singapore Sailing is planning two Olympic cycles ahead is commendable, and shows vision as well as leadership.”

 

Dr. Tan also added that sailing is a very good metaphor for succeeding in life saying, “One needs to be alert, disciplined and decisive”.

 

“When sailing as part of a team, one must be reliable and cooperative, changing conditions demand planning for multiple scenarios simultaneously,” added the presidential hopeful.

 

SingaporeSailing patron Ng Ser Miang thanked Dr. Tan for his “strong support for sports throught the years”.  He too touched on the topic of cooperation, noting that it was Dr. Tan himself who launched Team Singapore 10 years ago.

 

The concept called for stakeholders such as athletes, national sports associations, parents and employers to put aside their differences and work together to make the country a success in the sporting world.

 

Ng also told Dr.Tan, “Your launch set the tone for everyone in Singapore to come forward to support sport and to show national pride as one.”