Singapore President Halimah Yacob presented awards to five outstanding sportswomen at the International Women’s Day organised by the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA) Women’s Wing last night (Saturday, March 9). The awards went to Singapore women’s cricket team captain GK Diviya, cricketer Samantha Ashwini Singham, 24, who also plays for Singapore; squash player Sneha Sivakumar, 17, who won a silver and two bronze medals at the 2017 SEA Games; Veronica Shanti Pereira, 23, who won the 200 m bronze at the 2017 SEA Games; and track and field athlete T Piriyah.
They received the Herculean Doyenne Young and Outstanding Award given by the LISHA Women’s Wing for their achievements. Ms Joyce Kingsly, who started the LISHA Women’s Wing in 2012, said the non-profit organisation firmly believes in empowering women and fully developing their potential, thereby augmenting business and enterprise.
LISHA Women’s Wing also presented $5,000 to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
President Halimah Yacob, who was the guest of honour at the event at the Novotel Singapore on Stevens, complimented the award-winners and the organisation on Facebook.
“Good to see the Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association (LISHA)’s Women Wing celebrating the efforts of young women at their international women’s day celebrations,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
“LISHA has worked hard to provide opportunities to empower women to achieve greater entrepreneurial success. As we upgrade our skills and capabilities, let us encourage and support one another through this journey.”