3 Finalists In Race For SportsBoy, Sportsgirl Of The Year
From left: Muhammad Nur Alfian, Muhammad Jaris Goh, Martina Lindsay P Veloso
One female student-athlete and two male alumni from Singapore Sports School were named finalists of the 2014 Singapore Sports Awards by the Singapore Sports Awards Selection Committee on 5 May 2014.
The Singapore Sports Awards, organised by Singapore National Olympic Council and Sport Singapore (SportSG), formerly known as Singapore Sports Council, honours the most deserving individuals and teams in sport for the year annually.
The main awards selection committee was chaired by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs and President of the SNOC. The selection committee for the Sportsboy/Sportsgirl awards was chaired by Dr Tan Eng Liang, Vice-President of the SNOC, and Mr Low Teo Ping, Vice-President of the SNOC, headed the selections for the Best Sports Events awards (local and international).
Singapore Sports School student-athlete Martina Lindsay P Veloso (Shooting) is up against Janine Khoo Su Pheng (Equestrian), Bertha Han Jing (Sailing) and Ho Lin Ying (Wushu) for the Sportsgirl of the Year Award.
Martina wrote her name in the Singapore’s book of national records when she hit a perfect 400 points in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle at the HomeTeamNS Invitation Shoot on 3 February 2013. She was just 13 years old when she broke Olympian Jasmine Ser’s record of 399.
Martina proved that she is not a “one-hit wonder” by continuing her consistent form to win the Women’s Junior 10m Air Rifle event at the 19th International Junior Shooting Competition, considered the largest international junior shooting event in the world and includes all International Shooting Sport Federation Olympic and non-Olympic events, in Suhl, Germany, on 7 June 2013. At 13, she was competing in the U21 category.
At the Nanjing 2013 Asian Youth Games, Martina won Singapore’s first medal – a bronze – in Women’s 10m Air Rifle competition. She was the youngest shooter amongst the 38-strong field but age did not matter as she came within 0.1 point for a place in the final two and a shot at the gold medal.
“I’m really glad that Singapore Sports School introduced the sport of shooting to me as I have since come to enjoy the challenges and thrills of the air rifle. To come this far in the sport, I didn’t and couldn’t have done it alone. I’m privileged to be training under Miss Lim Chea Rong, a former national shooter, who totally understands the sport, what I go through and patiently helps me to overcome any difficulties.
“Coach also constantly reminds me that it’s not good enough to perform excellently in a tournament but to repeat it in every tournament, and above all, enjoy the sport,” said Martina, who was recently placed into the School-Within-A-School programme to enable her to train for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
Among the four finalists for the Sportsboy of the Year Award, two are Singapore Sports School alumni – Muhammad Jaris Goh Ali Akbar Goh (Bowling) and Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma'en (Pencak Silat). They are up against Loh Jia Yi (Sailing) and Quah Zheng Wen (Swimming).
Last year was Jaris’ breakthrough year and he got 2013 off to a bright start with outstanding performances at the VI Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, in February. It was his first major tournament representing Singapore, and he struck gold in the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Team events and silver in the Men’s Singles event. His consistent high scores saw him finish second in the Men’s All-Events. Along with fellow Singapore Sports School alumni Bernice Lim Hui Ying and Javier Tan Jun Juan, as well as national teammate Geraldine Ng, the team set a new record with 5,273 pinfalls over 6 games in the Mixed Team event on route to the gold medal.
Competing against Asian’s top bowlers, Jaris reached the Quarter-Finals stage of the Men’s Singles event at the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon, South Korea, July. Jaris was also part of the Singapore men’s team that competed at the 2013 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships in Las Vegas, USA, in August.
In December, Jaris finished 3rd in the Men’s Open category in the 44th Singapore National Bowling Championships. He also made an impact across the Causeway, finishing 4th in the 14th MILO International All-Stars Boys’ Open Masters, scoring his career second Perfect Game along the way.
Jaris was named Singapore Bowling Federation Youth Bowler of the Year 2013.
“When I train, it’s with the intent to improve and when I compete, it’s to do Singapore proud. Since a very young age, my father taught me to put country before self and Singapore Sports School reiterated this. I’m proud to be a Singapore son. And I am honoured to be considered for the Sportsboy of the Year award,” said Jaris, who was recently accepted into the Republic Polytechnic-Singapore Sports School Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management programme, customised for elite student-athletes and taught at the Sports School. Jaris is in the training squad preparing for the Incheon 2014 Asian Games.
The Singapore Pencak Silat Team won one gold and two bronze medals at the Nay Pyi Taw 2013 Southeast Asian Games and that sole gold medal was brought home by debutant Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma’en. For this achievement, he was later inducted into Singapore Silat Federation’s “Hall of Fame”.
Nur Alfian surprised pundits when he defeated Vietnam's world champion Pham Van Ty in the Men's Class F (70-75kg) final. It was the third gold medal that he won in 2013 – and probably tasting his sweetest victory – having also won the European Championships in Holland in October and International Open Pencak Silat Championships in Malaysia in September.
“I had all the odds stacked against me when I had to fight against the reigning world champion for the Sea Games gold medal. But I was wearing the Singapore flag on my left breast and there was no way that I was stepping on the mat with a defeatist attitude. When we started our bout, I only thought of Pham Van Ty as just another opponent I had to beat,” said Nur Alfian, who is pursuing the Diploma in Business Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
The Singapore Sports Awards presentation ceremony will take place at Orchard Hotel on 7 June 2014.
Singapore Sports Awards 2014 Finalists
Sportsman of the Year
Peter Edward Gilchrist (Cuesports)
Joseph Isaac Schooling (Swimming)
Sportswoman of the Year
Shayna Ng Lin Zhi (Bowling)
Feng Tianwei (Table Tennis)
Sportsboy of the Year
Muhammad Jaris Goh Ali Akbar Goh (Bowling)
Loh Jia Yi (Sailing)
Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma'en (Silat)
Quah Zheng Wen (Swimming)
Sportsgirl of the Year
Janine Khoo Su Pheng (Equestrian)
Bertha Han Jing (Sailing)
Martina Lindsay P Veloso (Shooting)
Ho Lin Ying (Wushu)
Coach of the Year
Sheng Shi Jie (Wushu)
Jing Junhong (Table Tennis)
Babella Balazs (Canoeing)
Fernando Javier Alegre Arbulu (Sailing)
Team of the Year (Event)
Kimberly Lim Min and Savannah Siew Kiah Hui (Sailing: 420 Women's Team – 420 World Championship 2013)
Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu (Table Tennis: Women's Doubles – World Championships 2013)
Team of the Year (Team Sport)
Sportsboy/Sportsgirl Team of the Year (Event)
*There was only one finalist in this category.
Sailing : Optimist World Championship Team
Best Sports Event of the Year (Local)
Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2013
Great Eastern Women’s Run 2013
DBS Marina Regatta 2013
Best Sports Event of the Year (International)
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2013 – Act 2 Singapore
HSBC Women’s Champions 2013
OCBC Cycle Singapore 2013