SINGAPORE: Indoor skydiver Kyra Poh is among 17 new athletes from eight sports included in The Sport Excellence Scholarship (spexScholarship) program for her 2022 cohort.
This brings the total number of spexScholars to 76 athletes across 24 sports, Sport Singapore (SportSG) said in a press release on Tuesday May 31.
This is the first time the program will support an athlete competing in a sport that is not included in major competitions such as the Olympics, Asian, Commonwealth and Southeast Asian Games.
Forty-seven spexScholars participated in the recent SEA Games, of which 43 won at least one medal and 22 of them won at least one gold medal.
“I am particularly pleased that we have extended the spex scholarship to Kyra Poh, an indoor skydiving athlete who has excelled at world level in a sport that does not feature in the major Games,” said Mr. Edwin Tong, Minister of Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister of Law.
Mr Tong hopes ‘this will encourage a more diverse group of athletes to strive for sporting excellence in the years to come’.
“Indoor skydiving is still considered a niche sport in the region, which is why I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the spex scholarship, which will provide me with more holistic support as an athlete,” said Pooh.
The indoor skydiver added that she hopes to “continue to make Singapore proud in competitions, raise awareness of the sport and be prepared should indoor skydiving ever become an Olympic sport”.
Team Singapore scholarship holder Kiria Tikanah Abdul Rahman said the scheme would give her “the extra boost” she needs “in terms of funding and support to train and compete at the highest level”.