Shooter Jasmine Ser targets 2016 Olympics

Shooter Jasmine Ser targets 2016 Olympics

She had been grappling with training full-time for a long while.

It became stronger when she prepared for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Then, on the day Jasmine Ser was about to begin her competition at the London Games last year, the shooter was convinced she had to take the step.

But she needed help.

On Tuesday, her wish came true.

On the day Ser (above) turned 23, she was named as one of the 66 athletes in the pioneer batch of Sports Excellence scholars.

The spexScholarship is the successor of the Olympic Pathway Programme (OPP) - which Ser was a part of - and provides elite athletes with financial backing, as well as other forms of support like training stints and competitions overseas, and coaching expertise, in their bid to achieve success.

With the scholarship, Ser has decided to go into full-time training after she graduates from the National University of Singapore with a bachelor's degree in business this December.

Speaking to The New Paper after receiving the news, the shooter said: "In the months leading up to the Olympics last year I was training very hard and, every time I trained, I knew I didn't just want to waste my skills after London; I wanted to go on to the next Olympics. "On the day of the competition in London, I was very certain; it just struck me that I had four years from then to train."

$40m war chest

The spexScholarship programme, which will be administered by the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI), is armed with a $40 million war chest over five years, and the 66 chosen athletes are spread over four categories of potential - international, continental, regional and national.

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