SUNDOWN INSPIRATION AWARD

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What is the Sundown Inspiration Award

The Sundown Inspiration Award honours coaches and mentors in an athlete’s life. Mentors and coaches play an important role of an athlete’s journey. They offer instruction, training, inspiration and support through good and bad times and play a crucial role at every stage from recreational athletes to podium-topping Olympians. Athletes are able to demonstrate extraordinary courage, endurance, strength and resilience when they draw strength and inspiration from their mentors and coaches.

How to participate?

Calls for nominations for the Sundown Inspiration Award is officially launched. The submissions will be evaluated based on how the nominees have demonstrated triumph over adversities and/or selflessness of the human spirit in a sporting context. Nominate someone who has worked for good causes silently without recognition and compensation. Post your story on your respective social page and tag #OSIMsundownmarathon2020

What are the prizes?

Bonus Prize:

A training counselling opportunity with Sundown’s ambassador, Dr Ben Tan

– 1st Prize: $300

– 2nd Prize: $200

– 3rd Prize: $100

The winners will be made known at the post race-day of OSIM Sundown Marathon 2020 on 24th May 2020.

Inspiration behind the Sundown Inspiration Award

Mr Ho Kiat Chong, a strict and compassionate teacher, had spent a good 41.5 years in the teaching profession, first as a very young relief teacher in a primary school from 1963 to mid ‘64. He was transferred to Victoria School (VS), his alma mater, in November ‘66 and spent the rest of his career teaching Mathematics, English, History, Physical Education and Moral Education until he retired in June 2005. He was also the teacher/coach for Soccer, Cross Country and Track and Field.

“Mr Ho was my cross-country coach during my years in VS from 1997 to 2000,” recalled Teo Zhanrui who is currently a teacher in VS and also the coach for the school’s cross-country team. “A great reason for his coaching success was his strong understanding on the benefits of gradual development of young student athletes. Not all runners are able to win medals but we sure saw significant improvement in our personal fitness over the years in VS.”

“All students regardless of background and abilities are treated equally and given same opportunity. One of his greatest gifts to his students was his trust in us. Students were trusted with responsibilities and this instilled in us good values and helped build our character,” says another VS alumni, oil trader, Chan Joo Peng. Even years after his retirement in 2005, generations of students impacted by his work still remember and continue staying in touch with him.

Mr Ho is the inspiration behind the Sundown Inspiration Award which will be given to selected participants of Sundown Marathon who share their inspirational stories or journey. Like Mr Ho’s belief in his students, anyone can achieve the best in themselves and the ordinary can achieve the extraordinary.

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