9th August, Singapore: SingaporeBowling President, Mrs Jessie Phua was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Medal) on National Day as Singapore celebrates 47 years of independence today.
The Pingat Bakti Masyarakat or PBM in short, instituted in 1973, is awarded to any person who has rendered commendable public service in Singapore for his/her achievement in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and the labour movement.
Mrs Jessie Phua, whose involvement with tenpin bowling dates back to 1994 when she was the Chairman of SingaporeBowling’s Youth Development Programme, was first elected as President in 2002.
The 56 year-old was also the President of bowling’s world governing body, the FIQ, having been elected in 2007 as the first woman to lead the organisation. She was also nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament.
Phua is a member of the SNOC ruling Council and has been awarded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) “Women and Sport” Achievement Diploma, recognising her outstanding achievement and contributions made to develop, encourage and strengthen the participation of women and girls at all levels in the sports world.
She was also the Chef de Mission for Singapore’s team at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos and is the Chef de Mission for the nation at the London 2012 Olympics.
Her other awards include the World Bowling Writers’ Mort Luby Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 2011.