30 Nov 2014
Besides cash sponsorship, the SEA Games gold medalist will be given personal accident and travel insurance policies as he strives to become the first Singaporean athlete to qualify for the Olympics marathon.
SINGAPORE, 18 JULY 2014 – NTUC Income, Singapore’s leading insurer, has announced that it has committed $60,000 over a period of three years to help Dr Mok Ying Ren realise his dream of representing Singapore at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dr Mok, 26, who is serving his National Service, became Singapore’s first male athlete to win the gold medal in the marathon at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2013. This followed the gold medal in triathlon which he won at the SEA Games in 2007 while competing as a full-time medical student.
He will be leaving on Monday, July 21, for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, where he will be the first Singaporean to participate in its marathon event.
“Dr Mok became an elite athlete through a combination of talent, discipline and hard work,” says Mr Marcus Chew, Vice President of Strategic Marketing at NTUC Income. “His youth, dynamism and drive are attributes that resonate well with NTUC Income. He is also a role model and an inspiration to many.
“As an insurer set up to serve the people of Singapore, NTUC Income is pleased to play an active role in helping deserving local athletes like Dr Mok achieve their dreams of competing at the highest level of their sport.”
Besides the cash sponsorship, NTUC Income will provide Dr Mok with complimentary personal accident (PA) and travel insurance plans. These policies take care of Dr Mok in the event of any accidents or emergencies when he trains, competes and travels.
Adds Mr Chew, “We hope the cash sponsorship and the insurance policies will enable Dr Mok to focus on qualifying for the Olympic Games in 2016. He has already proven himself at the regional level and we are certain that, given a chance and the right backing, he will make Singapore proud on the international stage.”
To get to Rio de Janeiro, Dr Mok has to shave off more than 8 minutes of his current personal best time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 30 seconds achieved at the Gold Coast Marathon in 2013.
It is a challenge he is confident of overcoming especially with this new sponsorship.
He says, “The goal of every athlete is to excel and compete alongside the best on the world’s biggest sporting stage, and there is none bigger and more prestigious than the Olympic Games. But we can only achieve that through hard work and a tremendous amount of personal sacrifice. This requires funding support.
“NTUC Income’s sponsorship reflects its belief in me. It will spur me on to work even harder to become the first athlete to represent Singapore at the Olympics marathon.”
Dr Mok, who will be training full-time once he completes his National Service in April 2015, adds, “For athletes, the Personal Accident policy is critical. It provides the peace of mind because we know we are covered for training injuries or mishaps. I encourage athletes at all levels to acquire such policies, which offer valuable protection and a cost that is extremely affordable.
He also urges more Singaporean companies to follow NTUC Income’s example and get behind local athletes. “I hope more local organisations will come forward to support local sports and athletes. Such support is crucial and contributes significantly to us being competitive in the regional and international arena.”