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Clarence, Xiao yu Take Top Honours At Sports School Awards Night

Awards Night 2013

Posted: 1 February 2013

Every year, Singapore Sports School celebrates the achievements of its student-athletes and honour those who have excelled in their studies and sport at its annual Awards Night. The ninth edition of this gala event, held on 30 January 2013 at the School’s Auditorium, saw paddler Clarence Chew and shuttler Liang Xiao Yu picking up the top honours for the night – the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award 2012.

Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, was the event’s Guest-of-Honour. Besides presenting Clarence and Xiaoyu with the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award, he was also on hand to give out some of the night’s awards to the School’s student-athletes and alumni, including swimmers Tao Li and Mylene Ong, and hurdler Dipna Lim Prasad, who received the Outstanding Sports Achievement (Alumni) Award 2012 for competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Other notable award winners include footballer Nicholas Yong, who was the School’s top student-athlete at the 2012 GCE “O” Level examinations; triathlete Scott Ang, recipient of the Public Service Commission Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship; and sprinter Veronica Shanti Pereira, who recently broke the national 100m junior record and hence, booked her place at July’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Ukraine.
Staff who has served at least 5 or 10 years also received an award for their commitment and contribution to the School. Eight received five-year long service awards while six, who were the pioneer batch of staff even before the School was set up, received 10-year long service awards. The latter group included the School’s three Directors – Mr Chua Choong Seng (Corporate Services), Mr Seah Poh Chua (Academics and School Administration) and Dr Irwin Seet (Sports).
No Awards Night would be complete without the involvement of home-grown entertainment and this year, there was a special treat with a performance by local indie band Sam Willows, which includes siblings Benjamin and Narelle Kheng, who are Sports School alumni and from the Swimming Academy. The band is going places, literally, as it embarks on its maiden North American Tour and playing in two major music festivals.
The audience was also treated to a special dance performance by Sports School student-athletes, who put in extra hours, on top of their packed training and academic schedule, to put on a good show on an evening where their peers were honoured.
While the staff and student-athletes carried on their celebrations at the poolside dinner, they have already set their sights on achieving more for 2013 and to make Awards Night 2014, in conjunction with the School’s 10th year anniversary, bigger and better.
Click here for full list of Awards Night 2013 winners.