SINGAPORE - Since 2015, Fitness First has been the official partner of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). The fitness company has been supporting 200 Team Singapore athletes by providing them the gym facilities needed in their preparations for major Games such as Rio 2016, the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Today, Fitness First announced they are extending their support beyond current Team Singapore athletes to all Singaporean athletes who have competed at the Olympics since 1948.
Dubbed "Always a Champion", the new initiative recognises 143 athletes for their contributions to Singapore's sporting achievements over 69 years of Olympic participation.
Tan Eng Liang, president of Olympians Singapore, said: "On behalf of Olympians Singapore, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Fitness First for the special recognition.
"Fitness First's generosity in recognising the achievements of the Singapore Olympians and providing access to their premium facilities is unheralded. We hope our Olympians are able to continue to play a role in contributing to the community and inspire future generations of youth to participate in sports."
Andrew Phillips, managing director of Fitness First Singapore, said: "We want to play a meaningful role in bringing Singapore's sporting community together and celebrating its heroes.
"Following a historic gold medal win that united the nation in 2016, this is now a timely moment to honour the great athletes of yesteryear who have paved the way for our sporting successes today and to let them know that their achievements continue to inspire us all. So this year, we decided it would be fitting to show our appreciation by supporting our Olympic heroes on their fitness journeys to and beyond the competition."
The athletes who are part of "Always a Champion" will be able to access Fitness First's training and equipment offerings in Singapore and over 370 clubs globally, till the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.