Martina Lindsay P Veloso, 15, a beneficiary of the EW Barker Endowment, was one of the team of three young Singaporean female shooters who won the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Team gold medal at the 28th Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore in June 2015. She continued her winning streak barely three weeks after the SEA Games, when she went on to compete at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior Cup in Suhl, Germany and led Team Singapore to a silver medal, missing the gold medal by a mere 1.4 points.
“When I first started out at the Singapore Sports School, the EW Barker Endowment helped support student-athletes like me make the quantum leap in sports performance. It funded several of my overseas training trips, which taught me valuable lessons,” shared Veloso. She is Singapore’s National Women’s 10m Air Rifle Record-Holder of a perfect 400 points, a feat she achieved in 2013 when she was just 13 years old.
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About the EW Barker Endowment
The S$35 million EW Barker Endowment is part of the Temasek Education Foundation, which is funded by Temasek Trust, the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings. Its aim is to nurture young talent in the area of sports and supports the Singapore Sports School and its student-athletes. The endowment was named after one of Singapore’s pioneering leaders, Mr EW Barker, a prominent Singaporean politician and minister, who was also a top athlete and student in his youth. One of the many roles Mr Barker held during his illustrious career was presiding over the Singapore National Olympic Council from 1970-1990.
About the Singapore Sports School
The Singapore Sports School is a Specialised Independent School under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). It is the only school in Singapore that offers select youths an integrated academic and sports programme in a world-class environment. Mr Goh Chok Tong, Singapore’s second Prime Minister, officially opened it in 2004. The Sports School aims to nurture “Learned Champions With Character” – To find out more, please click here
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The EW Barker Endowment currently funds Singapore Sports School’s student-athletes who excel in football, track and field, golf, swimming, shooting, tennis, table tennis, badminton and fencing. In the recent SEA Games, many of these young athletes contributed to Singapore’s winning performance, breaking national and regional records, helping the country amass a stellar 259 medals, 84 of which were gold.