It’s always amazing to see people at the peak of their athletic ability perform at the highest levels. Whether it’s swimming, gymnastics, tennis, or figure skating, there is a raw kind of joy when you see your favorite team or player triumphing over seemingly insurmountable odds.
If you’re a fan of any sport, then we’re sure there are athletes you’re already following. You’ve seen them struggle, win, lose, and stand back up again. It’s seeing that level of perseverance and commitment that inspire most of us to take those same values into our own games. So this International Women’s Month, check out these Singaporean women athletes you can look up to for strength and motivation.
- Martina Lindsay Veloso
Veloso was 14 years old when she won the 10m Air Rifle Women event and took home gold in the 2014 ISSF World Cup. This made her the youngest gold medallist in ISSF history.
She started shooting when she was only 12 and has never looked back since. Her career has taken her to dozen of tournaments, including the SEA games, where she’s garnered several medals.
Definitely an athlete whose level of commitment is something to aim for.
2. Li Li
Li smashed her way into Singapore’s Olympic Hall of fame when she took home gold in the Badminton Women’s Singles of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She caused a major upset when she triumphed over the favorite, Tracey Hallam, in the four set game.
This was Singapore’s first gold for this sports event.
She would go on to win more titles in the years that follow before resigning from the sport in 2008.
3. Stefanie Tan
Stefanie was already holding a tennis racket when she was just 4 years old. At 12, she became a member of the Kallang Elite Squad and a national junior player.
At the 2017 SEA Games, she paved new grounds as she took home bronze, a first in 34 years, in the women’s singles tournament. Her successful career in climbing the WTA singles and doubles rankings has made her an inspiration for younger players looking to take the same path.
4. Patricia Chan
Nicknamed “Golden Girl”, Patricia has carved out an impressive list of feats in her swimming career. At the Southeast Asian Games, she took home 39 gold medals between 1965 and 1973. And set a 200m backstroke national record in 1970 that wasn’t beaten until 1993.
She went down in history as one of Singapore’s 50 greatest athletes and became part of the Singapore Sports Council’s Hall of Fame in 2002.