On the 25th August 2006 ESPZEN Managing Directors Mr Lee Taylor and Mr Mathew Boylan together with Sports and Operation Development Executive Ms Shima Abdullah attended the Singapore Sporting Inspiration Awards (“SSIA”) Ceremony organized by the Singapore Sports Council (“SSC”) at the Raffles Hotel, Jubilee Hall.
ESPZEN had been singled out from many nominees for a GOLD award – Sports Partner Division from the SSC for its sporting achievements in 2005. Singapore Recreation Club and RHB Bank were given Silver and Bronze awards respectively under the same category. RHB Bank was noted for its efforts and association with S League, RHB Singapore Cup, the National Football Academy and Women’s football. Under the Sports Business Category, Organization Gold award winners included Standard Chartered Bank, Samsung Asia, and Lexus whilst Nestle and HSBC were awarded Silver.
Lee collected the award on behalf of ESPZEN from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.
Interestingly Lee’s passion for sporting innovation has resulted in SSIA recognition every year since 2002. Leading BNP Paribas Sports Club to new heights, Lee collected the SSIA Outstanding Organization Award in 2002, 2003 and 2004, in 2003 Lee was also the recipient of the SSIA Outstanding Individual Award.
Both Mathew and Lee are also co founders of BBAXN (www.bbaxn.com)- set up in 2005 to manage amateur basketball leagues.
The stage is once again set for honoring individuals and organizations for their exemplary contribution towards sports promotion in Singapore.
There are many individuals, employers and sports partners and sponsors who go the extra mile to encourage, motivate and inspire others to be active in sports. In so doing, they play a key role in bringing about a more nurturing sporting environment and in making sports a way of life in Singapore.
The Sporting Singapore Inspiration Awards is an initiative by the Singapore Sports Council to give recognition to such deserving individuals and organizations for their selfless and unflagging efforts and commitment towards a Sporting Singapore.
They create opportunities and platforms for sporting activities. They connect with the community through sports. They celebrate the triumph of the human spirit through sports. They have inspired and motivated others to greater heights in sports.