Awards Night 2015
Senior Executive, Strategic Communications
It was an evening of celebration for champions – student-athletes who had performed with excellence in the sporting arena and in the classroom, and who also displayed exemplary character; and alumni who brought glory to Team Singapore on the international sporting stage in the past year.
The loudest and longest applause during Singapore Sports School’s Awards Night on 30 January 2015, however, was reserved for Singapore’s track and field legend, Mr C Kunalan, who was presented the inaugural Champion for Sports Award for his contributions to sport in the areas of education and administration, as well as being an exemplary role model in keeping fit and staying in the workforce at 72 years old. Mr Kunalan was an outstanding Sports Champion, having competed and won many medals in sprint events at the Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games, in his hey days. He was also a two-time Olympian, in 1964 and 1968. Mr Kunalan was given a standing ovation when he was invited on stage to receive the Champion for Sports Award from Singapore Sports School Chairman Yeoh Chee Yan.
Student-athletes received Top in Level Academic Awards, the 2014 MOE Edusave Character Awards and the Best Performer and Rising Star Awards.
The cohort of recent graduates who did well at the 2014 GCE “O” Level Examinations were also acknowledged with the GCE “O” Level Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. There were 11 alumni who were feted with the Outstanding Sports Achievement Award, among them, bowler Jazreel Tan Shi Hua who returned from the Incheon 2014 Asian Games as the most bemedalled athlete in the Team Singapore contingent with 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze medal. Jazreel was also Singapore’s goodwill ambassador to the Incheon Games.
The Sports School's top award for student-athletes – the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award (Male and Female) – were presented to shooter Martina Lindsay P Veloso and table tennis player Ethan Poh Shao Feng.
Long Service Awards were presented to 12 staff, 6 for their 10 years of contributions to the Sports School.
The Secondary 1 student-athletes and Student-Athlete Leaders started the evening off on a high with a dance performance and for their second act, they even had the audience – student-athletes, alumni, staff and parents – on their feet as they performed the Singapore Sports School Dance. The auditorium programme concluded with the singing of the School Anthem. Before dinner was served on the pool deck, Team Singapore synchronised swimmers treated the audience with a captivating performance. Sports School student-athletes Ariel Sng Kai Lin, Debbie Soh Li Fei, Gwyneth Goh Xiao Hui and Natalie Chen Mei Qing, as well as alumni Crystal Yap Yu Hui, Lee Meishuang and Stephanie Chen Mei Qi make up seven of the team of 20.