A Little Boost To Achieve Big Dreams
The "Dream 2012" award for 2011/2012, with middle-distance great Lord Sebastian Coe as its patron, was awarded to swimming sensation Tao Li and table tennis stars Isabelle Li and Pang Xue Jie at Champions' Heritage Centre on 11 July 2011.
"These awards are the British Chamber of Commerce's way of showing its strong support for student-athletes of the Singapore Sports School who have the determination to make the sacrifices needed to realise their dreams of becoming future top athletes. We believe that these student-athletes deserve all the support they can get, to go as far as they can in their respective sports," said Mr Steve Puckett, President of the British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore.
The "Dream 2012" award was first presented in 2006 with Tao Li as one of its recipients she since received the $3,500 cash award yearly. Pang Xue Jie joined Tao Li as a fellow recipient in 2007 and has since also received it yearly, while another table tennis player, Isabelle Li, had won it in 2008 this is the second time that she is receiving the award.
All three of this year's recipients had studied at Singapore Sports School they are currently pursuing diplomas in customised programmes that Singapore Sports School had created with two post-secondary institutions - Auckland University of Technology where Tao Li is and Republic Polytechnic where Isabelle Li and Pang Xue Jie are.