Paddlers Take Center Stage At The Singapore Sports Awards 2010
Paddlers Take Center-Stage At The Singapore Sports Awards 2010
Singapore 1 June 2010 - Fresh from their victory at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow, Singapore’s female paddlers took centre-stage tonight at the Raffles City Convention Centre when the local sports fraternity paid tribute to Team Singapore’s top athletes for their outstanding performances in 2009 at the nation’s most prestigious sports recognition event, the Singapore Sports Awards 2010.
Receiving the top honours at the awards ceremony was paddler Feng Tianwei, who was named Sportswoman of the Year for her stellar performance in 2009. The 23-year-old topped her sporting successes for 2009 on a high note with outstanding performances at several prestigious competitions including the HIS World Table Tennis Championships and ITTF Pro Tour China Open. She also brought home a gold medal in the women’s singles table tennis event at the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos.
The National Table Tennis Women’s Team, comprising Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei, Yu Mengyu and Zena Sim, was also honoured this evening as the winner for the Team of the Year (Event) award. Under Tianwei’s captaincy, the team clinched the gold medal in the women’s table tennis team event at the 25th Southeast Asian Games. In addition, the team also flew the Singapore flag high at championships such as the World Team Cup in Austria and Asian Championships in India.
Team sports also shared the stage tonight, with 17 teams receiving merit awards. The Singapore Sports Awards 2010 saw its largest number of awardees this year in the Merit Category with the majority of awardees coming from team sports. Joining the honour roll was the Mixed Junior Dragon Boat team, who will be receiving their first-ever award. The National Men’s waterpolo team was also honoured for their 23rd consecutive gold medal achieved at the 25th Southeast Asian Games.
Team Singapore swimmer Quah Ting Wen was also placed in the limelight tonight as she was presented with a special award - the Most Inspiring Young Athlete Award. This is only the third time a special award has been presented to an athlete in the history of the Singapore Sports Awards. Previous winners include Joscelin Yeo (2005) and the National Water Polo teams who were responsible for Singapore’s 40-year gold-medal winning streak at the Southeast Asian Games from 1965 to 2003. Ting Wen’s sterling year kicked off with her bagging four gold medals at the 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009, where she was also named the Most Valuable Female Athlete by the Olympic Council of Asia. She ended off 2009 by bringing home five gold medals from the 25th Southeast Asian Games, where she also received the honour of receiving the Best Female Athlete Award by the Organising Committee.
Singapore’s sailing fraternity also had plenty to cheer about with both the Sportsboy and Sportsgirl awards being presented to young sailors. At only sixteen, Sportsboy of the Year Darren Choy, a Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games medal prospect, is already a two-time world champion in the Byte CII category. He also brought sporting glory on home ground when he garnered the gold medal at the Asian Youth Games with a near perfect score. Fellow sailor and Sportsgirl of the Year Elizabeth Yin, was the first female to win the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship last July. She also came up tops at the Australian Laser National Championship in 2009.
The main and merit awards were presented by Guest-of-Honour Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
Said DPM Teo, “My congratulations to all the winners of the Singapore Sports Awards. My thanks also go to all the stakeholders, for without the support of the coaches, families, employers, schools, NSAs, SSC, media and the sponsors the athletes would not be where they are today. In a little more than two months, Singapore will welcome the athletes and officials of 204 NOCs to the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. Our Team Singapore athletes will be taking centre stage in the twelve days of competition. You - the coaches, NSA officials, sports administrators from SSC, parents, supporters and even the media - all have a part to play in the Games. You can be good hosts to all the athletes, officials, media and visitors you meet at the venues. Let’s champion a smile and bring on a cheer at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.”
The 2010 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Trophy “Sport - Inspiring Young People” was awarded to Singapore’s first Olympic medalist, Mr Tan Howe Liang. His historic performance at the 1960 Summer Olympic, where he clinched a silver medal for Singapore, has served as an inspiration for young athletes in Singapore for over 40 years. His individual Olympic medal has proven to many youth athletes that with dedication and hard work, bringing home an Olympic medal is possible.
Annex A - About Singapore Sports Awards
The most prestigious annual recognition for sporting achievements in our city state, the Singapore Sports Awards were first introduced in late 1960’s with the initial focus on sportsmen and sportswomen. Swimmers Tan Thuan Heng, and Patricia Chan were the first winners.
Since then, the much coveted Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year titles have gone to some of the finest names in Singapore sport.
The Awards were later extended to include Coach of the Year, and Team of the Year.
In the same year, meritorious awards, given to recognise extraordinary efforts by Singaporean athletes were also given out for the first time.
In 1978, the Sportsboy and Sportsgirl of the year awards were added. The focus on youth has also led to the introduction of the Meritorious awards for juniors in 1978. Since then, some of Singapore’s brightest and most promising athletes have been recognised.
The diversity of sports represented by the winners is a telling comment on how far Singapore sports has come. It not only shows the level of competition among sports but also reflects the fact that athletes and coaches have the opportunity to shine at the highest level whatever the discipline they choose to focus on. As Singapore moves towards excellence at the regional level and beyond, such democracy of sporting choices will serve us well.
Annex B - List of Singapore Sports Award 2010 Recipients
1) Senior Awards
|Sportsman of the Year||Nil|
|Sportswoman of the Year||Feng Tianwei||Table Tennis|
|Coach of the Year||Henry Tan Yoke See||Bowling|
|Team of the Year
|Team of the Year
|National Women Table Tennis Team
Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Bei Bei, Yu Mengyu, Xin Kai Xin Zena
|Special Award - Most inspiring Young Athlete||Quah Tingwen||Swimming|
|National Waterpolo Team
Nigel Tay, Lin Diyang, Andy Chin, Lim Yao Xiang, Lin Diyan, Alvin Lee, Kelvin Ong, Eugene Teo, Luo Nan, Samuel Loh, Wee Kenneth, Terence Tan, Yip Ren Kai
|National Women Table Tennis Doubles Team
Sun Bei Bei, Yu Mengyu
|National Women Table Tennis Doubles Team
Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu
|National Men Table Tennis Doubles Team
Gao Ning, Yang Zi
|National Men 4x100m Freestyle Swimming Relay Team
Danny Yeo, Zach Ong, Joshua Lim, Russell Ong
|National Women 4x100m Freestyle Swimming Relay Team
Tao Li, Quah Ting Wen,Shana Lim, Roanne Ho
|National Table Tennis Mixed Doubles Team
Wang Yuegu,Yang Zi
|National Men Snooker Doubles Team
Ang Boon Chin, Lim Chun Kiat
|National Women 10m Air Rifle Shooting Team
Jasmine Ser, Aqilah Sudhir, Goh Jia Yi
|National Men 10m Air Rifle Shooting Team
Ong Jun Hong, Zhang Jin, Jonathan Koh
|National Men Table Tennis Team
Gao Ning, Yang Zi, Cai Xiaoli, Pang Xuejie
|National Women Bowling Team
Geraldine Ng, Bernice Lim, Cherie Tan, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Shayna Ng, Jazreel Tan
|National Women Wushu Dual Team
Khor Poh Chin, Tay Yu Juan, Tao Yi Jun
|National Men 4x200m Freestyle Relay Swimming Team
Marcus Cheah, Zach Ong, Joshua Lim, Clement Lim
|National Women 4x100m Freesytle Relay Swimming Team
Quah Ting Wen, Amanda Lim, Lynette Lim, Mylene Ong
|National Men 10m Air Rifle Shooting Team
Poh Lip Meng, Gai Bin, Lim Swee Hon
|National Men 4x100m Relay Athletic Team
Yeo Foo Ee, Elfi Mustapha, Lee Cheng Wei, Amiruddin Jamal, Poh Seng Song, Izwan Firdaus Hanif
|Wang Yuegu||Table Tennis|
|Yu Mengyu||Table Tennis|
|Seet Wee Key||Wushu|
|Khor Poh Chin||Wushu|
|Peter Edward Gilchrist||Cuesports|
|Gao Ning||Table Tennis|
|Rabiatul Adawiyah Yusak||Silat|
|Ser Xiang Wei Jasmine||Shooting|
2) SPORTSBOY/SPORTSGIRL AWARDS
|Sportsboy of the Year||Darren Choy||Sailing|
|Sportsgirl of the Year||Elizabeth Yin Yueling||Sailing|
|Team of the Yea
|National Women Youth 10m Air Rifle Shooting Tea
Carol Lee,Vanessa Ong, Sarena Lin
|National Men/Women Mixed Junior Dragon Boat Tea
26 females, 24 males
|National Girls Bowling Doubles Tea
New Hui Feng/Krishna Darshini
|National 420 Girls Optimist Tea
Griselda Khng, Cecilia Low
|National Men Youth 10m Air Rifle Shooting Tea
Abel Lim, Wan Tian Chong, Cheston Ow
|Basil Low Eng Howe||Bowling|
|New Hui Fen||Bowling|
|Caroline Chew Pei Jia||Equestrian|
|Poh Swee Kiat||Golf|
|Nur Izzati Ismail||Petanque|
|Terence Choo Jian Jie||Sailing|
|Germaine Teo Wei Yin||Sailing|
|Ho Ruth Airiel||Sailing|
|Goh Jia Yi||Shooting|
|Nur Zulaikha bte Zakaria||Silat|
|Muhd Nur Shafiq Saiful||Silat|
|Mohd Elyasak Said||Silat|
|Lynette Lim Shu En||Swimming|
|Amanda Lim Xiang Qi||Swimming|
|Roanne Ho Ru ‘en||Swimming|
|Shana Lim Jia Yi||Swimming|
|Lim Xing Jing||Swimming|
|Rainer Ng Kai Wee||Swimming|
|Isabelle Li Siyun||Table Tennis|
|Clarence Chew Zheyu||Table Tennis|
|Jacqueline Quek Jie Lin||Taekwondo|
|Jason Tan Jun Wei||Taekwondo|
|Emily Sin Min Li||Wushu|
|Sim Ren Zoe||Wushu|
|Tan Xiang Ting||Wushu|
3) IOC AWARDS
|2010 IOC Trophy “Sport - Inspiring Young People”||Tan Howe Liang|
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