SINGAPORE: National swimmers Joseph Schooling and Theresa Goh will be presented with National Day Awards for their exceptional achievements at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016.
In a news release on Friday (Oct 7), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) said Schooling will receive the Meritorious Service Medal (Pingat Jasa Gemilang) while Goh is to be presented with the Public Service Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat).
At the Olympic Games in Rio this year, Schooling made history by winning Singapore’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the men’s 100m butterfly. His victory moved the entire nation, and inspired young athletes and Singaporeans to set new goals, reach for their dreams and pursue their aspirations, MCCY said.
At the Paralympic Games, Goh clinched a bronze medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB4 event. The award is also in recognition of her commitment and perseverance in the pursuit of sporting excellence. Goh was previously conferred the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) in 2008, for outstanding performances in various para championships in 2006 and 2007.
"It is a great honour to receive this award,” said Schooling. “My Olympic gold medal is the culmination of not only my hard work all these years, but also the strong support from my family and friends, partners and the sports fraternity in Singapore.”
He added: “It is an achievement that everyone shares a part of. This award recognition motivates me to keep working hard and I will continue to do my best to fly our Singapore flag high on the world stage."
Instituted in 1962, the Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to any person who has performed within Singapore, service of conspicuous merit characterised by resource and devotion to duty, including long service marked by exceptional ability, merit and exemplary conduct. (Photo: PMO)
Goh said: “It's a truly great honour to be conferred the Public Service Star, as it serves as an encouragement and recognition of the hard work by the people who've helped me get to where I am today. I am incredibly thankful!”
Instituted in 1963, the Public Service Star may be awarded to any person who has rendered valuable public service to the people of Singapore or distinguished himself in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and the labour movement. (Photo: PMO)
Singapore’s double gold medallist from the Rio Paralympics 2016, Yip Pin Xiu, was previously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (Pingat Jasa Gemilang) in 2008, for winning Singapore’s first Paralympic gold medal at the Beijing Paralympic Games.
Said Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth: “Both of them have achieved success after years of dogged determination. Along with Yip Pin Xiu, their pursuit of excellence, determination and drive will inspire an entire generation of young people. Their achievements have brought tremendous pride to the country.
“The National Day Award is a well-deserved recognition of their contribution to sporting excellence and for their impact on the society, particularly with the youth.”
The Awards will be presented to recipients at the upcoming National Day Awards Investiture by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.