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Lewis Hamilton leaves ITE students star struck

By Daniel Teo | Fit To Post Sports –  Lewis Hamilton was in town to promote the Peter Lim Scholarship. (Daniel Teo/Yahoo! photo) Formula One star Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to Singapore, having raced at the Marina Bay Circuit every year. But the 2008 world champion still left students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) star-struck and inspired when he visited the ITE College West on Tuesday. The 27-year-old was in town to promote the Peter Lim Scholarship which was awarded to a total of 33 students from three ITE colleges this year. The scholarship was set up in 2010 to help nurture sporting talents in Singapore, with each recipient receiving S$3000. The Scholarship is awarded to deserving students on a high-performance pathway, but who have inadequate funding support. Foo Mei Geok, one of the recipients of the award, confessed to being a Hamilton fan and explained how the award has helped her sporting aspirations. The 19-year-old basketball player said, “I am not a big F1 fan but I am really inspired by Hamilton’s never-say-die spirit. The sponsorship has helped me pay for my competitions which generally requires registration fees.” Matthew Yeo, a year one Mechatronics student who enjoys go-karting, looks up to Hamilton as his inspiration and hopes to one day be a champion like him — be it on the race track or his future aspirations. He said, “I hope one day I can be a champion like Hamilton. Although he hasn’t been able to win the F1 championship these few years, I believe he will one day win it again.” Hamilton took questions from the students during a meet-and-greet session and gave them some valuable advice to take home. The Brit said, “I’ve met many people who have tried to put me down. I didn’t go to a very good school. Even my headmaster told me that I can’t make it.The best way to deal with it is to stay quiet and let your results do the talking.” “But the one thing that my dad always tell me is to ‘never give up’. There has been so many experiences in my racing career where I think I couldn’t make it but I wake up the next day and start believing in myself again. “Even now when I have a bad weekend I feel like I can do it all over again. I didn’t win the championship…

Posted by admin 4 December 2012

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