One of Singapore’s brightest young track and field athletes has been given a boost by the Chiam See Tong Sports Fund (CSTSF).
On 18 November, the CSTSF announced that national youth hurdler Marc Brian Louis has been added to its list of beneficiaries. The 16-year-old Marc won the gold medal at the Asian Youth Championship held in Hong Kong earlier this year in a time of 13.74s, an under-18 national record.
Said Deputy Chairman of the Board Edmond Pereira, “Marc is a bright and talented young track and field talent who sought our assistance. After our assessment, the Board was happy to support Marc in his track and field dreams. We hope that he will be able to represent Singapore at the Olympics one of these days.”
Marc, who studies Aerospace Machining Technology at ITE College Central will be representing Singapore at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships which will be held in May 2020 in Bangkok and also at the World Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Nairobi in July 2020.
“It is an honour to be one of the athletes to be receiving support from the Chiam See Tong Sports Fund. The support will go towards my training needs, as I prepare for the Asian and World championships,” he said.
Added Marc’s coach Benber Yu, “He has the desire to compete and we hope that the support will go a long way in helping him achieve his dreams.”
As part of his assistance package, Marc will be eligible for the full complement of $3,000 over one calendar year which will be disbursed with proof of purchase of items needed for training.
“It is our hope that he will able to go further in his sport of choice, and continue to bring glory to Singapore,” added Mr Pereira.
The CSTSF, which was set up in 2017 to help under-resourced athletes, has supported more than 30 athletes to date.
These include Olympic hopeful sailor Olivia Chen, national rower Joan Poh, powerlifters Matthew Yap and Matthias Yap and modern pentathlete Kok Kiat Xuan.