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Martina is ST Star Of The Month
National shooter Martina Lindsay P Veloso is ST Star of the Month (June 2014).
The Award recognises Martina’s achievement at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany, on 8 June 2014, when she defeated some of the best shooters in the world to win the gold medal, including Czech Katerina Emmons, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist who holds both the World Record and Olympic Games Record, and Serbian Andrea Arsovic, the 2010 European Champion.
At 14, Martina was one of the youngest participating athletes at the ISSF World Cup, and the only Singaporean to ever win the title.
At a luncheon hosted by The Straits Times and sponsored by 100PLUS on 11 July 2014, Martina said she was “surprised to the point of speechless” when she learnt about ST’s decision to present her with the ST Star of the Month Award, the first of the year.
“I’m sorry that because of the time difference between Singapore and Germany, some journalists had to scramble late in the night to put a story together for the next day’s newspaper,” said an appreciative Martina.
Martina thanked her primary school, Innova Primary School, for teaching her how to enjoy sport; Singapore Sports School, especially Coach Lim Chea Rong, for choosing her for the Shooting Academy; Singapore Shooting Association for grooming her and providing her with all the opportunities that she never thought possible; and 100PLUS which feted her and also sponsors Singapore Sports School.
Martina also thanked her parents and siblings “for always being here for me, for being my biggest fans and best supporters. I appreciate that you get more excited than me whenever I compete. I love you all very much.”
On 14 July 2014, Martina will leave with the national shooting team for Scotland to compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“There will be expectations for me to do well, and even win a medal. I hope to be able to handle the pressure.
“To the Singaporeans rooting for me, I look forward to your support. I will do my very best for Singapore at the Commonwealth Games, and in August, the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.”