EW Barker Scholarship and Barker's Challenge 2010

EW Barker Scholarship and Barker's Challenge 2010

Friday, 29 January 2010


The National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore will be organising the Barker's Challenge 2010 on Friday, 29 January 2010 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. This annual run is held in memory of the late Mr Edmund William (EW) Barker: Statesman, Scholar & Sportsman.

Mr EW Barker was a brilliant student at Raffles Institution and studied at Cambridge University on a Queen's scholarship. As a politician and one of the People's Action Party's key pioneer leaders, his Cabinet portfolio included labour, national development, home affairs, environment, science and technology and law. As president of the Singapore National Olympic Council for two decades since 1970, he was also the first Singaporean to receive the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee in 1986 for his outstanding merit in the cause of world sport and faithfulness to the Olympic ideal.

Mr EW Barker was also remembered for his contributions to the development of sport in Singapore and was referred to as "Mr Singapore Sport" because he represented the average sportsman, average player, dedicated official. To officials, he was a model to follow, with an authority that speaks of his wealth of personal experience. To sports fans, he was a beacon of hope for better sport, being constantly attuned to popular demands. To athletes, he was a fine example of a player who played as the game should be played.

Participants can take part in the relay run of 630m round the NIE triangle consisting of four runners in a team with at least one female member in the following four categories:

  • Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) Inter-Class;
  • NIE Inter-Group Endeavours in Service Learning (GESL);
  • NTU Inter-Hall; and
  • NTU Inter-School

The programme for the Barker‟s Challenge is at Annexe A.

In conjunction with this run, the EW Scholarship valued at S$8,000 per annum (once-off award) will be presented to four student teachers with outstanding academic results and excellent co-curricular activities records and pursuing their degree in Sport Science and Management.

This scholarship which is bond-free and named in honour of the late Mr EW Barker, aims to nurture talented and committed individuals in the pursuit of undergraduate study in the area of sport science and sport management. See Annexe B for information on the Sport Science and Management (SSM) programme. The scholarship also seeks to continue Mr Barker's legacy and involvement in the sport and physical activity.

The student teachers receiving their awards from Ms Carla and Ms Deborah Barker at a presentation ceremony before the run on 29 January 2010 are:

  • Ms Tay Sihui Cheryl
    Cheryl enrolled into the SSM programme with outstanding academic results and an impressive sports participation record. Currently a member of the national canoeing team, Cheryl's passion for the sport and determination to excel is nothing short of extraordinary. She picked up canoeing in Raffles Junior College (RJC) and is drawn to the discipline and rigour demanded of an athlete. Cheryl treaded on an unconventional path after her 'A' Levels, spending a year doing relief teaching at RJC and doubling up as a mentor for the college's canoeing team. This has reinforced her aspiration to study and pursue a career in sport science. Apart from canoeing, Cheryl is also involved in overseas humanitarian efforts like the Sabaidee Laos Project in 2006, to help refurbishment of a school in the village of Viang Smani, Laos.

  • Ms Tan Min Sze Pearl
    Pearl enrolled into the SSM programme with outstanding results and an excellent track record of co-curricular activities. She has represented national netball tournaments in Catholic Junior College and is commended to be a keen sportswoman who understands the value of true sportsmanship, perseverance and hard work by her teacher-coaches. Pearl is also an active participant in trekking expeditions and adventure courses. The most significant is a seven-day Eduventure course in New Zealand in 2004 where she led a group of fellow students through the New Zealand forest; challenging her to work outside her comfort zone.

  • Ms Chia Jingyi Shannon
    Shannon enrolled into the SSM programme with excellent results and an impressive sport background. A member of the Netball Singapore Nationals squad since 2006, Shannon has participated in several state and school tournaments in Hwa Chong Institution. She is commended by the Netball Singapore National Coach to be a positive and hardworking player who sets high expectations for herself as well as respected by her peers in the squad as a motivator and team joker. Outside of netball, Shannon also pursues a keen interest in adventure expeditions to Perak and Mount Kinabalu.

  • Mr Chan Huan Hao Mervyn
    Mervyn enrolled into the SSM programme with excellent results and a well-rounded record of co-curricular activities. He was a section leader of a concert band in high school and picked up hockey in Temasek Junior College and went on to represent his school at national hockey tournaments. Mervyn is also a youth ambassador with the Young Men's Christian Association of Singapore (YMCA) and is actively involved in volunteer programmes locally and overseas like teaching English to the association's beneficiaries as well as humanitarian efforts to refurbish orphanages in Cambodia.