DR. BEN TAN, SUNDOWN MARATHON
Adj Assoc Prof Ben Tan graduated in 1991 with a medical degree from the National University of Singapore and obtained his Masters in Sports Medicine in 1997 from the world-renown Australian Institute of Sport. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS) and American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). A/Prof Tan is presently Chief of Sports Medicine at Changi General Hospital.
Concurrently, A/Prof Tan is the Head of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Sport & Exercise Medicine Disease Centre, where he drives the development of sport & exercise medicine for Singapore’s largest cluster of hospitals and National Centres by patient volume. Prior to joining Changi General Hospital and SingHealth, Dr. Tan first practiced Sports Medicine in 1996, when he joined the Sports Medicine & Research Centre, Singapore Sports Council (now Sport Singapore), managing national athletes and overseeing the Sports Science Department.
A/Prof Tan, a former Nominated Member of Parliament (2014-2015), currently serves as the Chairman of the World Sailing Medical Commission; Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, Sports Patron and Medical Advisor of the Singapore Disability Sports Council; Honorary Advisor to the Singapore Sailing Federation and Singapore Ice Skating Association; Member of the Sports Excellence Steering Committee (MCCY) amongst other appointments in the sports and physical activity sector. He has recently been appointed as Singapore’s Chef de Mission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
An Olympian, A/Prof Tan is an Asian Games (1994) and four-time consecutive Southeast Asian Games (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995) Gold medalist in sailing. He is a Hall-of-Famer and three-time Singapore Sportsman of the Year. After competing in the 1996 Savannah Olympics, A/Prof Tan retired from competitive sailing and now sails (including kiteboarding) recreationally. He took up marathon running recreationally in 2002, competing in more than 20 marathons to date, including all six World Marathon Majors (Boston, Berlin, London, New York, Chicago, and Tokyo), and has a personal best time of 2 hrs 56 min. He is also a regular SCUBA diver and (snow) skier.