Uphold the legacy of the Youth Olympics in inspiring young athletes and the youth to adopt and live by the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.
- Enable young and talented Singaporean athletes to achieve their sporting goals
- Support high-performing athletes to represent Singapore on the world stage
- Promote a healthy sporting culture in Singapore through educational activities and programmes
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”
— Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee and the modern Olympic Games.
Board of Directors
Mr Ng Ser Miang (Chairman)
Mr Chris Chan
Mrs Jessie Phua
Mr Peter Lim
Mr Michael Palmer
Ms Chan Lay Hoon
Mr Seah Kian Peng
Mr Goh Kee Nguan
Dr Tan Eng Liang
(Passed away on 28 May 2023)
Mr Lawrence Leow
Mr Toh Boon Yi
Company Secretary: Ms Deborah Barker
The Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) was officially launched by Dr Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Mr Peter Lim, a businessman, investor and philanthropist, donated S$10 million to start the SOF–Peter Lim Scholarship to help young athletes from under-privileged backgrounds to achieve their sporting aspirations.
The first Singapore Youth Olympic Festival (SYOF) was officially launched to promote Olympic values and continue the legacy of the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
189 student-athletes received the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship. Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mr Chan Chun Sing graced the ceremony as the guest of honour.
The SOF and the Singapore Press Holdings provided an all-expenses paid opportunity for a young aspiring journalist to report on the London 2012 Olympics Games.
271 student-athletes were awarded the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship. Education Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat presented the scholarships as the guest of honour.
19 – 23 March
The second edition of the SYOF was held at Anglican High School, Gardens by the Bay (East) and SAFRA Yishun. A total of six sports was featured.
Over 2,000 students participated in Hola Singapore!, a cultural and sports event starring 2013 Copa del Rey winners Atletico Madrid, where the students had the opportunity to learn more about the Spanish culture, and interacted and competed with top football players from the team.
The SOF–Peter Lim Charity Cup match was played between Singapore Selection and Atletico Madrid teams which raised S$800,000 for the SOF.
Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt, as guests of SOF, met fans in an up close and personal session, raising S$100,000 for SOF.
27 – 29 June
The SOF was one of the event partners for the IOC International Athletes’ Forum held in Singapore. The Forum brought the gathering of international Olympians to discuss issues and matters pertinent to athletes’ welfare. Local athletes were involved in discussion and participation where they were able to share knowledge with some of the world’s best athletes. A successful hosting of the Forum highlighted Singapore’s strengths in event organisation and enhanced our nation’s reputation as a desirable venue for international events.
More than 700 recipients have been awarded the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship since its inception including 320 at the 2013 edition. Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean, who was also the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, graced the event as the guest of honour.
The SOF supported the Singapore Youth Olympic Games table tennis team in additional training resources in order to successfully qualify for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
The SOF raised $450,588 through its inaugural charity golf event at the Sentosa Golf Club.
31 May – 6 June
The SYOF, which started off as a biennial event, is now an annual multi-sport festival for young athletes to experience in participating in a major games environment. Not just for elite athletes, this event reaches out to many amateur young athletes who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the benefits and values of competing in the unique games environment.
Guest of honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information, witnessed 297 student-athletes receiving the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship. Former SOF-Peter Lim scholarship recipients Amanda Lim, Muhammad Alfian, Veronica Shanti Pereira, Adam Swandi and Geraldine Chew shared insights into their lives as student-athletes.
The SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship awarded more than $1 million to 373 young student-athletes. Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the SNOC Mr Tan Chuan-Jin was the guest of honour, and Singapore athletes K Jayamani, James Wong, Quah Zheng Wen, Aarya Berthier and Isabelle Chua shared their experiences with the audience.
Sixty SOF-Peter Lim scholarship recipients contributed to Team Singapore’s largest medal haul at the SEA Games of 58 gold, 59 silver and 71 bronze medals.
25 July – 2 August
A record number of 2,300 student-athletes participated in nine sports at the SYOF.
15 – 21 December
Nine student-athletes visited Valencia for a football camp as part of the SOF-Peter Lim Amunt Valencia Football Camp.
308 student-athletes received the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship and met special guests Olympian Ms Logan Tom and players and legends from Valencia Club de Futbol – Santi Mina, Mathew Ryan, Jaume Domenech, Javi Fuego and Paco Alcácer, Gaizka Mendieta and David Albelda.
17 June – 17 July
Two more sports – athletics and fencing – were added to the SYOF, boosting the programme to 11 sports. A total of 2,801 student-athletes participated exceeding 2015 participation rate of 2,300.
Sailors Griselda Khng and Sara Tan, beneficiaries of the SOF, qualified for the Olympic Games in the women’s 49er FX event.
Swimmer Joseph Schooling, a recipient of the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship, won Singapore’s first gold medal at the Olympic Games.
Bumper crop of 49 athletes in the SOF-Peter Lim under-18 high performance category, a total of 335 student-athletes were awarded the scholarship. Sport climbing and ice skating athletes inducted for the first time. Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, graced the ceremony as the guest of honour and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra was the special guest.
30 June – 13 August
Beach volleyball and cycling introduced at the SYOF, line-up featured 12 sports.
Cheyenne Goh, Singapore’s first Winter Olympian and SOF-Peter Lim scholarship recipient, qualified and participated in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games.
The SOF organised the second charity golf event at Sentosa Golf Club to raise monies for its programmes and initiatives.
269 student-athletes qualified for the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship and met guest of honour Ms Grace Fu (Minister of Culture, Community and Youth) and special guests Olympians Mr Koji Murofushi and Mr Joseph Schooling.
30 June – 5 August
More than 3,000 young participants competed in 13 sports in a six-week long celebration of sports, youth and Olympic values. Seven sports were held as part of the Singapore National Games.
In a joint effort by Sport Singapore, Temasek Foundation International and SOF, the inaugural STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp (YSLC) brought 138 youths from the region to participate in an activity-filled programme that aims to forge stronger bonds and nurture a future generation of leaders through sport. Olympic table tennis champion Ryu Seung Min graced the event as special guest.
280 athletes received $781,000 with figure skating featured for the first time at the SOF-Peter Lim scholarship. A record 53 athletes in the high performance u-18 category. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat and swimming world champion and four-time Olympic champion Mrs Libby Trickett graced the ceremony as guest of honour and special guest. Mr Peter Lim was honoured by the International Olympic Committee with the IOC Trophy themed “Olympism in Action” for his contribution to Singapore sport and the community.
28 June – 10 August
More than 3,000 athletes across 13 sports participated in the eight-week long SYOF. Archery and sport-climbing were featured for the first time.
Co-organised by the SOF and ActiveSG Football Academy, 18 Singaporean young footballers were selected from local schools and academies to attend the SOF-Peter Lim Amunt Valencia Football Camp. Players had the opportunity to train with the VCF Academy’s coaches, learn their methodology and apply what they learnt over friendly matches with local and regional league teams. Through the cultural and football exchanges, we hope the players will gain more experience and grow to be good role models in their communities.
The SOF’s collaboration with ActiveSG for the Youth Sports Leaders Camp (YSLC) Programme marked its fifth year milestone. Over 2,000 students have participated in this youth leadership programme where they are presented mentorship and internship opportunities to apply their skills in the work environment.
289 recipients from 194 schools representing 32 sports received a total of $825,000 in scholarship. 53 athletes qualified for the high performance under-18 category, including those from road cycling, ice hockey, jiu-jitsu, softball and water polo for the first time. In 10 years of the Scholarship, 2,930 recipients in 54 sports have received $8 million to support their sporting dreams.