Feng Tianwei becomes first Singaporean to win outstanding athlete award at Commonwealth Games

SINGAPORE: After winning three gold medals in Birmingham, Feng Tianwei received one more honour on Monday (Aug 8) – becoming the first Singaporean to win the outstanding athlete award at the Commonwealth Games.

She is also the first table tennis athlete to win the award.

Known as the David Dixon Award, it is presented to the Commonwealth Games athlete who showcases an “exceptional level of performance, commitment and fair play”, said organisers.

The award is named after the former honorary secretary of the Commonwealth Games Federation and was first presented in 2002 in Manchester.

Previous winners include swimmer Natalie du Toit (South Africa), shooter Samaresh Jung (India), track and field athlete Trecia Smith (Jamaica), gymnast Francesca Jones (Wales) and weightlifter David Liti (New Zealand).

After receiving the award at the closing ceremony of the Games, Feng said: “To receive the David Dixon award is a tremendous honour, one which I had never imagined in my wildest dream. I am very thankful to the Commonwealth Games Federation for this recognition.”

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