Seven more corporations join Sports Excellence Business Network for athletes

Minister Lawrence Wong with representatives from each of the 20 corporate partners in the spexBusiness Network for Athletes. Sport Singapore has unveiled seven more partnering corporations in its Sports Excellence Business (spexBusiness) Network for
Minister Lawrence Wong with representatives from each of the 20 corporate partners in the spexBusiness Network for Athletes. Sport Singapore has unveiled seven more partnering corporations in its Sports Excellence Business (spexBusiness) Network for Athletes on Friday, as it marked the one-year milestone of the scheme. -- PHOTO: MCCY 

Sport Singapore has unveiled seven more partnering corporations in its Sports Excellence Business (spexBusiness) Network for Athletes on Friday, as it marked the one-year milestone of the scheme.

Banyan Tree, CapitaLand, Fuji Xerox Singapore, OSIM International, Pacific International Lines, Sports Link Holdings and Volkswagen Group Singapore are the latest to join the network, making it a total of 20 companies from 16 industries.

The spexBusiness Network for Athletes was formed last year to drive the spexCareer scheme, which helps offer career development support to Team Singapore athletes in the form of internships, apprenticeships, part-time or full-time employment.

A total of 38 athletes have been placed with partner companies to date. Other companies already partnering Sport SG include Resorts World Sentosa, KPMG, and Charles & Keith.

National softball captain Cerigwen Ng, for instance, joined Borneo Motors Singapore this year as a management trainee officer in the sales department. She said: "They have a very supportive and conducive working environment, where the management team is very understanding of my training schedule, allowing me to train and work at the same time."

Said Ron Sim, the founder, chairman and chief executive of OSIM International: "We have recruitment prospects from a pool of motivated athletes whose active and healthy lifestyles embody the qualities we espouse, and these athletes also have the opportunity to build a career in an environment that allows them to continue their pursuit of high performance sports."