Singapore Sports School Badminton Academy has a close partnership with Singapore Badminton Association, where about 80 per cent of our badminton players, upon entering the Sports School, are inducted into SBA’s National Intermediate Squad. This gives our student-athletes an advantage in entering the national senior team.
The SWS badminton players are coached by NIS Youth Coach Kelvin Ho who is seconded from SBA. The unique collaboration with SBA also sees Sports School’s coaches doubling up as NIS coaches. This results in a greater alignment of the Badminton Academy’s programme to the national setup’s.
Student-athletes in the Badminton Academy are placed in the School-Within-A-School programme which allows them to undergo extended training sessions during the day and attend academic lessons in the evening. This resembles the training structures in other countries which have established outcomes in sports such as Badminton and Table Tennis.
Since the SWS started operations in 2011, our youth shuttlers have shown dominance in the local scene and achieved notable results at the regional level. Being in the NIS, student-athletes in the SWS programme have more opportunities to travel and compete overseas, thus giving them greater competition exposure.
The Badminton Academy also conducts pre-Singapore Sports School programmes. Interested candidates can read more about the programmes under the ‘Programmes and Competitions’ tab.
The Badminton Academy has produced 51 Singapore national representatives in the open category.
2015 Year of Graduation
Bernard Ong Soon Yang, Clarabelle Koh Pei Lin, Crystal Wong Jia Ying, Jet Wong Jia Jie, Yeo Jia Min
2014 Year of Graduation
Chuang Jin Lei, Elaf Tan Wei, Lee Jian Liang, Ryan Ng Zin Rei, Shanice Lim Jia Hui
2013 Year of Graduation
Deline Quek Chun Yi, Elaine Chua Yi Ling, Liang Xiao Yu
2012 Year of Graduation
Gao Yuemian, Joline Chua Jet Ling, Leslie Teng Pang Liang, Moen Donovan Teo, Ngiam Bin, Tan Ming Shun, Tan Zi Jian, Terry Hee Yong Kai
2011 Year of Graduation
Cheng Rui Ying, Fiona Seah, Grachel Teo Ting Wei, Haafizh Mohd Noor, Jonathan Yeo, Melvin Ho Mui Yao, Sean Lee Kwan Ting
2010 Year of Graduation
Cheong Hui Min, Gareth Tan Shao Siong, Gerald Ong Soon Lee, Kirk Dinsyl Lim, Lee Jen Whee
2009 Year of Graduation
Aisyah Latib, Ngo Yi Chye, Tan Wei Han, Toh Siew Fen
2008 Year of Graduation
Jeffrey Wong Hao Cong, Koh Jia Yi, Noriko Goh, Tan Kia Hwee, Wang Ding Kang
2007 Year of Graduation
Lenny Tan Yan Zhong, Mok Jing Qiong, Ng Zong Ren, Samantha Neo Shi Yan, Tang Kirt Soon, Thng Ting Ting
2006 Year of Graduation
Chen Guorui, Eugene Sng Jing Feng, Zhou Linglin
2016 – 31st Olympic Games (Rio, Brazil): Liang Xiao Yu
2015 – 28th Southeast Asian Games (Singapore): Crystal Wong Jia Ying (Bronze Medal – Women's Team), Elaine Chua Yi Ling (Bronze Medal – Women's Team), Jason Wong Guang Liang (Bronze Medal – Men's Team), Liang Xiao Yu (Bronze Medal – Women's Team), Loh Kean Hean (Bronze Medal – Men's Team), Loh Kean Yew (Bronze Medals – Men's Singles, Men's Team), Ong Ren-ne (Bronze Medal – Women's Team), Ryan Ng Zin Rei (Bronze Medal – Men's Team), Sean Lee Kwan Ting (Bronze Medal – Men's Team), Tan Wei Han (Bronze Medal – Women's Team), Terry Hee Yong Kai (Bronze Medal – Men's Team), Yeo Jia Min (Bronze Medal – Women's Team)
2014 – 20th Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland): Liang Xiao Yu (Bronze Medal – Mixed Team), Terry Hee Yong Kai (Bronze Medal – Mixed Team)
2014 – 28th Thomas Cup (Delhi, India): Sean Lee Kwan Ting, Terry Hee Yong Kai
2014 – 25th Uber Cup (Delhi, India): Liang Xiao Yu, Tan Wei Han
2014 – 2nd Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing, China): Bernard Ong Soon Yang
2011 – 26th Southeast Asian Games (Jakarta, Indonesia): Gerald Ong Soon Lee (Bronze Medal – Men's Team), Jeffrey Wong Hao Cong (Bronze Medal – Men's Team), Ngo Yi Chye (Bronze Medal – Men's Team), Liang Xiao Yu (Bronze Medal – Women's Team), Thng Ting Ting (Bronze Medal – Women's Team)
2009 – 25th Southeast Asian Games (Vientiane, Laos): Jeffrey Wong Hao Cong (Bronze Medal – Men's Team)
Four In A Row For Sports School
National Inter-School Badminton Championships
General Manager, Badminton Academy
Posted: 15 May 2017
Singapore Sports School showed their strength in depth when they overcame injuries to win their fourth consecutive National Inter School Badminton Championships “B” Division Boys crown at the Jurong East Sports Centre.
As if the blow of losing captain Aaron Yong Chuan Shen to a pre-tournament knee injury was not enough, our shuttlers were also without the services of Wesley Koh Eng Keat after he suffered a foot injury.
Yet these did not matter as our student-athletes swept Raffles Institution 5-0 to clinch the title on 18 April. In fact, such was their dominance that they only dropped two games throughout the tournament.
“I am elated to have been part of this. After all, not many schools can win a National Schools title for four years in a row. However, while my teammates played really well, we must continue working hard to bring Sports School further glory,” Aaron said.
Our female shuttlers also emerged triumphant in their respective divisions after they recorded 4-1 victories against Singapore Chinese Girls School in the “C” Division Girls final and Raffles Girls’ School in the older category.
Meanwhile, our Badminton Academy narrowly missed out on a third consecutive Grand Slam after our “C” Division Boys fell 2-3 to Anglo Chinese School (Independent) and had to settle for the silver medal.
Nonetheless, there is still much to be proud of as this is the fourth straight year our Academy has won at least three National titles, a run which began in 2014.
Sports School Scores In DSLM
2017 Republic Polytechnic Graduation Ceremony
Posted: 15 May 2017
Six years into the collaboration with Republic Polytechnic to offer the customised Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management at Singapore Sports School’s very own campus sees yet another cohort of post-secondary student-athletes graduate from the programme.
Golfer Leonard Tee Zhi Xian emerged top of the Class of 2017, earning himself the Viva Social Enterprise Gold Medal Award. He also received the Diploma with Merit – awarded to the top 10 percent academic performers in the programme, along with the Diploma Plus Certificate in International Business.
“It absolutely feels amazing to graduate top of my cohort, with a Diploma Gold Medal and Merit awards, including another certificate in International Business. To be able to walk up on stage on my graduation and receive those awards was a very special moment for me,” said Leonard.
“Turn back the clock to the time I was in Secondary 1, many would have doubted my capability of achieving these feats academically. I was playful, immature and an extremely unfocused individual. From being placed in the top class after enrolling in Singapore Sports School, my academic grades took a hit and I tumbled into mediocrity.
“A short break after completing my secondary school education gave me time to reflect on the four years that had gone so swiftly. It occurred to me that I had wasted enough time in secondary school and it was time for me to make a change in my life.
“Right from the get-go, before I commenced the DSLM programme in 2014, I had a goal to be the top student in my cohort throughout Republic Polytechnic. Thus, I stuck to this goal of mine and chased it daily. I kept my eyes focused on the prize through the daily grind of training and attending lessons. Ultimately, it has everything to do with how badly you want something and working hard to achieve it.
“The customised diploma programme at Sports School helped me tremendously in achieving my sport and academic goals. The flexibility of the programme allowed me to take Leaves of Absence to participate in competitions, while classes were scheduled and arranged such that I could attend all of my golf trainings. Without this programme, I would never have dreamed of topping my entire cohort, as well as winning the title of Overall HSBC Youth Golf Challenge Champion in the 2014/2015 Season.
“In addition, we were assigned mentors that took care of our needs, offering authentic and personal advice in the areas of sport, academic and personal growth.
“I have learnt many valuable lessons during my seven years at Singapore Sports School which have helped shape me into the individual I am today. The astronomical level of care from all functions of the school – sport, academic and boarding – provides the support necessary to excel as a student-athlete and individual. Trusting the Sports School system has been definitely been rewarding for me.”
Three other former Sports School student-athletes Bryan Tan Yu Ru (Football), Ninna Tan Ai (Badminton) and Veronica Shanti Pereira (Track and Field) were amongst the six graduands who graduated from the DSLM programme with Merit. They received their awards from Mr Nicholas Gerard Conceicao, Executive Director, Outward Bound Singapore, at the Graduation Ceremony on 2 May 2017.
Hurdler Kerstin Ong Jing Rong completed her polytechnic education with a Diploma Plus Certificate in International Business in addition to the DSLM.
Sports School introduced the customised DSLM for elite youth athletes conducted at the Champions Way campus and saw our first cohort graduate in 2014. Since then, our student-athletes have topped their cohorts which includes students from RP’s main campus. Top students in previous years include Isabelle Li Siyun (2014, Special Award Recipient)), Pan Shi Yu (2015) and Javier Tan Jun Juan (2016).
Global Meet Rakes In 15 Medals2017 Global Eduhub Championships
Posted: 13 April 2017
Our shuttlers made it an all-Sports School affair in the Boys Under 15 Singles and Under 19 Doubles finals of the 2017 Global Eduhub Championships on 19 March 2017.
Singapore Sports School post-secondary student-athletes Abel Tan Wen Xing, Toh Han Zhuo, Royston Loh Keng Yin and Secondary 4’s Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong squared off in a hard-fought match in the U19 Doubles. Fighting back from a 19-21 loss in the first set, Abel and Han Zhuo took the match into their hands, swiftly ending the next two sets with 21-9 and 21-10.
Less than an hour later, Secondary 2 student-athletes Kenny Khew Han Yang gave teammate Donovan Willard Wee a tough fight in the U15 Singles, but the latter enjoyed victory in two sets, winning the match 21-18, 21-16.
Badminton Academy student-athletes garnered 4 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze medals from the international age-group tournament from 13 to 19 March.
Two other gold medals were contributed by Darrion in the Boys U17 Doubles with Ting Hock Yu and Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan in the Girls U17 Singles event. Donovan and Insyirah, including Darrion, each won a second medal in addition to their gold medal.
1st Donovan Willard Wee
2nd Kenny Khew Han Yang
2nd Donovan Willard Wee and Torance Jng Yao Chee
Joint 3rd Nge Joo Jie and Ryan Tan Rui Yang
Joint 3rd Joey Koh Yu Han and Rennie Yow Jia Yi
2nd Howin Wong Jia Hao
1st Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
Joint 3rd Bernice Lim Zhi Rui
1st Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong and Ting Hock Yu
Joint 3rd Howin Wong Jia Hao and Ivan Go Wei Hon
2nd Bernice Lim Zhi Rui and Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
Joint 3rd Cheah Wen Jun and Chiu Jing Yun, Ashley Lim Xiao Fei and partner
2nd Lee Wei Hong
1st Abel Tan Wen Xing and Toh Han Zhuo
2nd Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong and Royston Loh Keng Yin
Jia Min Flies In Europe Circuit
2017 European Junior Circuit: Yonex Dutch Junior, German Junior
Posted: 15 March 2017
Yeo Jia Min flew Singapore’s flag high on 5 March 2017 when she defeated No. 2 Seed Pattarasuda Chaiwan of Thailand 21-16, 21-15 within 35 minutes in the 2017 Yonex Dutch Junior Women’s Singles Final.
The No. 1 seeded Singaporean’s progress to the top of the podium was nearly disrupted by Park Ga Eun in the Round of 16. She suffered a scare when her South Korean opponent claimed the first set of the match with a quick 21-11. Undaunted by her opponent’s attacks and motivated by the challenge posed, Jia Min fought back stronger to win 21-17, 21-18 in the next two sets and advance into the Quarter-Finals.
A week after clinching the Dutch Junior crown, the Singapore Sports School shuttler who is ranked No. 2 on Badminton World Federation’s World Junior Women’s Singles list, stood on the podium again at the Yonex German Junior on 12 March. In the Final, Jia Min was unable to overcome Japan’s Hirari Mizui in a hard-fought match, losing 20-22, 19-21. The German Junior silver medal was her second podium finish in as many contests in the European Junior Circuit.
"I'm happy and thankful for the opportunity to represent Singapore and do her proud yet again. I know I have the continuous support of many people and I am grateful for that, and will continue giving my best to become a better and more consistent player."
Jia Min’s victory in the Dutch Junior was her third international Under 19 title. She won her first professional title at the 2016 Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix and followed with another at the Yonex Sunrise Junior Grand Prix in July and September 2016 respectively.
The Sports School student-athlete is currently on Leave of Absence from school due to her intensive training and competition schedule as she prepares fly Singapore’s flag high at the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
Shuttlers Cruise Through Zonal Rounds
2017 North Zone Schools Championships
Posted: 15 March 2017
The North Zone Schools Championships have concluded for our Badminton, Netball and Table Tennis Academies and they are now gearing up for the National Schools rounds.
Singapore Sports School’s Badminton Academy defeated long-time opponents – Bowen Secondary School in the “B” and “C” Boys Divisions and Singapore Chinese Girls School in the Girls Divisions – to clinch the North Zone Championship titles in all four categories.
Meanwhile, our Netball and Table Tennis Academies both secured the champion title in the “B” Girls Division. Our netballers encountered CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent in the North Zone Finals and triumphed in the “B” Division but defeated in the “C” category.
Sports School Table Tennis Academy was represented by its “B” Division Girls team and they enjoyed a successful run in the competition, beating CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School in the Final.
The North Zone Championships continue for our Football Academy student-athletes and we wish them all the best.
Crystal And Ren-Ne Rise Above The Challenge
2017 Iran Fajr Badminton International Challenge, 2017 Princess Sirinnavari Thailand Masters
Posted: 15 February 2017
Crystal Wong Jia Ying (right) and Ong Ren-ne with their Women's Doubles gold medal
Singapore Sports School post-secondary student-athletes Crystal Wong Jia Ying and Ong Ren-ne did the School proud when they won Singapore’s only gold medal at the 26th Iran Fajr Badminton International Challenge.
The pair snatched the coveted top prize from No. 2 Seeds Citra Putri Sari Dewi and Jin Yujia in the final. They beat their Indonesian opponents in a 5-set decider game on 12 February 2017. Playing in the new 11-point scoring system, Crystal and Ren-ne took the first set, ending the set with their opponents taking 8 points. The Singaporean pair fought hard in the second set, succumbing to their rival’s attacks in a nail-biting 11-13. Having lost two sets, Crystal and Ren-ne came back even stronger in the final two sets to win 11-8, 11-5.
En route to claiming the Women’s Doubles title, Crystal and Ren-ne toppled Iranians Aghaei Hajiagha Soraya and Sara Delavari Kashani (Seeded No. 4) and Indians Sanjana Santosh and Arathi Sara Sunil (Seeded No. 1) in the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals respectively.
“Ren-ne and I had formed this partnership only over a month ago, so I’m excited at what we have achieved with such a short amount of training together. We played extremely well in this tournament, squaring off with the 4th, 1st then 2nd seeds to clinch the gold medal. As the 11-point scoring system requires more mental strength, it was essential for us to remain focused. Our main aim for the competition wasn’t the end result, but the process of giving our best in each game. And we succeeded,” said Crystal, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Year 6 student-athlete. Her partner Ren-ne is a Year 2 student-athlete in the Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management conducted at Sports School.
“Winning this competition has given me a huge morale boost and I look forward to many more competitions in the next few months in preparation for the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games.”
The same weekend, alumni duo Tan Wei Han and Terry Hee Yong Kai also achieved a creditable 3rd-place finish this weekend in the 2017 Princess Sirinnavari Thailand Masters. The Mixed Doubles pair, seeded No. 4 in the tournament, were halted in their quest for gold by Thai rivals and No. 2 Seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the Semi-Finals on 11 February.
Crystal Represents 57,000
2017 National School Games Opening Ceremony
Posted: 15 February 2017
The Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games bronze medallist was not the only Sports School representative at the Singapore Sports Hub, as Andre Chong Wei Zer, Lenice Tan Yue Tong, Michele Petrova Lau Xin Ling and Tia Louise Rozario, were among the approximately 300 students, parents, officials and teachers who saw Crystal light the cauldron on 25 January 2017.
“It was a privilege to be the torch bearer for this year’s Opening Ceremony. Hopefully this year’s Games will be an exciting one, and I would like to wish everyone all the best,” Crystal said.
Meanwhile, Sports School also conducted their own ceremony as part of the 23 January assembly programme. There, student-athletes, together with their coaches and General Managers, pledged their commitment to sportsmanship and fairplay through the recitation of the Athletes’ and Coaches’ Oath.
Rubbing Shoulders With A World Champion
Badminton Academy Training Tour to Banthongyod Badminton Club
General Manager, Badminton Academy
Posted: 13 January 2017
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Singapore Sports School’s Badminton Academy had the unique opportunity to train with a former World Champion during their training stint in Thailand with Banthongyod Badminton Club from 5 to 16 December 2016.
Our shuttlers were given a first-hand look at the intensity and focus required to reach the top as 2013 Badminton World Federation World Championship winner Ratchanok Intanon was preparing for the Badminton World Federation World Superseries Finals.
The coaches from Banthongyod pushed our student-athletes to give their best in all their daily training sessions.
In addition, our student-athletes had the opportunity to train under Ratchanok’s coach, Xie Zhuhua, who gave them pointers on perfecting their strokes.
Our Sports School coaches were also given the opportunity to exchange drills and ideas with the club. These can be implemented upon the return to Singapore.
Overall, this was a fantastic opportunity for our Badminton Academy as they were able to spar with world class players and receive guidance from a world class coach to refine their game.
Jaslyn Wins Two Medals At OUE
2016 OUE Singapore Youth International Series
Posted: 15 December 2016
Jaslyn Hooi Yue Yann’s 2 medals at the 2016 OUE Singapore Youth International Series brought Singapore Sports School’s haul at the event to 3 golds, 1 silver and 4 bronzes.
She defeated Japan’s Atsumi Miyazaki in straight sets to clinch the Girls Singles Under 17 crown before pairing up with fellow student-athlete Si To Jia Rong to secure a Girls Doubles U17 silver.
The tournament from 29 November to 4 December also saw Joel Koh Jia Wei (Xu Jiawei) and Lee Jianliang return with a gold medal each.
Joel overcame Neville Lauran of Indonesia to clinch gold in the Boys Singles U17, while Jianliang and compatriot Andy Kwek beat Liang Chun Ping and Hu Chuan-En to win the Men’s Doubles U19 title.
Boys Under 17 Singles
1st Joel Koh Jia Wei (Xu Jiawei)
Girls Under 17 Singles
1st Jaslyn Hooi Yue Yann
3rd Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
Girls Under 17 Doubles
2nd Jaslyn Hooi Yue Yann and Si To Jia Rong
3rd Bernice Lim Zhi Rui and Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
Women’s Under 19 Singles
3rd Lim Ming Hui
Men’s Under 19 Doubles
1st Lee Jianliang
Women’s Under 19 Doubles
3rd Lim Ming Hui
Sports School Gives Back
Values in Action (Local)
Posted: 15 December 2016
As a Singapore Sports School student-athlete, high intensity physical activity is part of their daily routine. In pursuit of their sport dream, our student-athletes undergo training at least 10 times a week.
On 19 November 2016, three of Sports School’s academies were reminded that there are others who are unable to enjoy the heart-pumping excitement that they sometimes take for granted. As part of their Values in Action initiative, the Badminton and Table Tennis Academies organised a Healthy Lifestyle Day for 20 children from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s asthma club – B.E.A.R.S (Breathe Easy And Restful Sleep). The children, ranging 5 to 15 years old, were introduced to the fundamentals of each sport and had an opportunity to try their hand at them. The hope is that the introduction to various forms of fun activities will be a catalyst for the children to engage in light activity daily due to the health benefits of exercise.
Student-athletes from the Shooting Academy continued their partnership with Moral Home of the Aged Sick, bringing an afternoon of joy and fun to the elderly residents. Student-athletes and staff serenaded their audience with their voices and a guitar accompaniment, and put their skills in chess and checkers to the test by interacting with the elderly. The evening concluded with our student-athletes wheeling some of the residents to Bedok Road Food Centre for dinner.
Two days later, Sports School’s bowlers joined in the spirit of giving when they visited MINDS Woodlands Gardens School and SUNDAC Bedok South. Bowling Academy student-athletes and staff distributed lunch packs and goodie bags to approximately 350 beneficiaries at their annual Values in Action project. In addition to interacting with the beneficiaries, our bowlers had the opportunity teach and participate in a dance with those from MINDS Woodlands.
Singapore Juniors Smash Their Way To Top 10 In The World
2016 BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships
General Manager, Badminton Academy
Posted: 15 November 2016
Team Singapore, formed by a majority of Singapore Sports School student-athletes, has won the accolade of Top 10 nation in the world in youth badminton.
Singapore was drawn in Group C2 with Peru, Georgia and Hongkong in the 2016 BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships. After defeating the higher-seeded Hongkong, Singapore became Group C2 champions and played Japan, the Group C1 champions. Unfortunately, Japan proved too strong and Singapore could not advance to the quarter-finals.
In the 9 to 16 play-off, Singapore defeated USA 3-0 and England 3-0 but lost to South Korea 0-3, to finish 10th.
In the Singles competition, Ryan Ng Zin Rei lost 21-18, 21-14 to Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo and Yeo Jia Min crashed 21-11, 21-11 to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chocuwong in their respective Singles quarter-finals matches.
Team Singapore (6 of 8 are from Singapore Sports School)
Muhammad Elaf Tan Wei
Ryan Ng Zin Rei
Crystal Wong Jia Ying
Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
Yeo Jia Min
The Best In Budapest
2016 Hungarian International Challenge
General Manager, Badminton Academy
Posted: 15 November 2016
Terry Hee Yong Kai and Tan Wei Han (right)
Post-secondary student-athlete Terry Hee Yong Kai and alumna Tan Wei Han lived up to their World Badminton Federation Mixed Doubles ranking of No. 27 and top seed billing at the Hungarian International Challenge 2016 in Budapest by defeating the Polish pair of Pawel Pietryja and Aneta Wojtkowska 11-6, 11-7, 13-11 in just 25 minutes.
Terry and Wei Han were given a bye in the first round, and did not drop a single game en route their first European title on 30 October 2016.
A total of 34 entries from 16 countries competed in the Mixed Doubles event.
The Singaporean pair had also won the Smiling Fish International Challenge in May 2016.
9 Named Best Sportsboy, Sportsgirl
46th Singapore Schools Sports Council Colours Awards
Posted: 14 October 2016
Singapore Sports School had a successful outing at the North Zone Schools Badminton Championships, sweeping all four divisional titles – “B” Boys and Girls and “C” Boys and Girls on 2 and 3 March 2016.
The “C” Division Boys and Girls cruised through their finals against Marist Stella High School and Singapore Chinese Girls School respectively, defeating both sets of opponents 5-0. In the “B” Division category, the Sports School’s Boys team saw themselves facing their nemesis from last year – Bowen Secondary School.
In 2015, both teams were tied 2-2 before the final Singles match was to be played. Both Singles players fought hard on court, but Sports School eventually lost the match and the Zone Championship title.
One year later, Sports School entered the competition with determination to claim the Championship trophy back. Our “B” Boys succeeded in doing so, winning by a comfortable margin of 4-1. Our “B” Division Girls also beat SCGS 4-1, securing the fourth Zone Championship title for Sports School.
The Badminton Academy enjoyed a good start to their competition season. We believe that our sport champions will continue to stand out in sport and character excellence on the court as they enter the National rounds on 21 March.
Foreign Players Help To Stretch Local Potential
Visits By Overseas Teams
Posted: 15 February 2016
Singapore Sports School occasionally hosts foreign sport teams to train and spar with student-athletes. The different training methods and skills that international players bring allows our student-athletes to learn from more skilful players to improve their quality of play.
The Japan Institute of Sports Science sent a team of U12 badminton players for a training camp in Singapore Sports School in January 2016. Ten Japanese shuttlers were handpicked by JISS to undergo the 5-day training stint.
Sports School student-athletes and coaches alike benefited from the exchange of skills, tactics and training methods. Lower Secondary student-athletes trained, sparred and underwent physical testing with the Japanese players. While training with the Japanese players was a refreshing change for our student-athletes, the higher level of training intensity saw our shuttlers pushing their boundaries at every training session. Japan’s National Junior Coach who accompanied the team introduced a new dimension into Sports School’s training to help elevate our student-athletes’ game.
Sport scientists who were part of the JISS team were able to give valuable advice and tips to Sports School coaches. Badminton coaches and sport scientists from JISS, the National Youth Sports Institute and Sports School were able to exchange ideas and training techniques to help improve our student-athletes’ quality of game.
Singapore Sports School hosted 15 fencers from Australia and Brunei Darussalam, as they prepared for the 2016 Singapore Cadet World Cup from 23 to 26 January.
Sports School’s Fencing Academy was able to benefit from the high level of skill which the foreign fencers brought. The Australian team of 13 fencers and two coaches include top local Sabre fencers from the Men’s and Women’s teams, while the two Bruneians were part of the bronze medal-winning Boys Sabre Team at the Singapore Minime Fencing Championships in 2015. Several members of the Australian team will also be competing in the World Cadet Championships in April 2016.
Sports School’s Sabre fencers had opportunities to train and spar with the foreign fencers on four occasions, exposing them to different styles of fencing. The sparring sessions pushed Sports School student-athletes to stretch their boundaries and perform beyond their comfort zones.
Badminton Bonds Families
Play Badminton With Your Family Day
Posted: 15 February 2016
Singapore Sports School's Badminton Academy and the Sporting Parents' Network jointly organised the "Play Badminton With Your Family Day" on 31 January 2016.
Families of Sports School student-athletes were encouraged to participate in this bonding event to forge closer ties between parents and their children. Parent-child pairs were formed for the "Doubles Only" session.
Parents were also able to get a good workout and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The SPN will be organising another similar bonding session in the year. All interested parents can register with the SPN Badminton Representatives, Elsie Heng and Melvin Tan, to find out more about the programme.
All Time High
World Badminton Federation Ranking
General Manager, Badminton Academy
Posted: 15 January 2016
Two of our players have climbed up the World Badminton Federation Ranking – Liang Xiao Yu on the Women’s Senior ranking and Ryan Ng Zin Rei on the Men’s Junior ranking.
Liang Xiao Yu (above picture) is currently ranked No. 43, ahead of fellow Singaporean Chen Jiayuan, at No, 47. Two months ago, Xiao Yu was No. 49, behind Jia Yuan at No. 40. Both are fighting for Olympic qualification and it will be a neck-to-neck finish. Apart from the fierce rivalry from both Singaporeans as only one place will be awarded for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, both must also contend with the rest of the players in the world. As there is a limited number of places for the Olympic Games, I hope that Xiao Yu will finish strong and earn a place for Rio 2016.
Ryan Ng Zin Rei (above picture) ended 2015 on a strong note and has started 2016 strongly. From No. 50 on the Men’s Junior ranking in November-December 2015, he is now at an impressive No. 10. Ryan is the second Singaporean to reach the World Junior Top 10 ranking; Liang Xiao Yu was Women’s Junior No. 4 before she moved to the Women’s Senior ranking. I know that Ryan will be doing his best to continue to climb the World Junior ranking. Singapore is hoping that he will do well at the World Junior Championships. If Ryan moves in the right direction, he will be seeded and earn himself an easier route in the competition. We wish Ryan all the best.Both Xiao Yu and Ryan are in Singapore Sports School’s customised post-secondary Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management programme. Xiao Yu is taking a gap year to concentrate on qualifying for Rio 2016, while Ryan has just started his Year 2 studies.
Soaring Beyond Their Wings
‘N’, ‘O’ Levels, IBDP Examination Results
Head of Year, Secondary 4 and 5, 2015
Posted: 15 January 2016
Seven in 10 of Singapore Sports School’s first cohort of student-athletes who sat for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Examinations in November 2015 has achieved 40 points and more, out of a maximum score of 45.
Among them, seven student-athletes were specially mentioned by Principal Tan Teck Hock when he released the results on 5 January 2016 afternoon – netball player Deborah Wong Weng Ee, pole vaulter Brian Ho Ren Jie, badminton players Bernard Ong Soon Yang and Clarabelle Koh Pei Lin, shooters Audrey Lim Jia Min and Nicole Tay Wei Ting, and bowler Daphne Oh Xin Yi. They were raised as role-models for having achieved commendable outcomes in both sports and studies.
IBDP student-athletes, who were given special mention, from left: Bernard Ong Soon Yang, Deborah Wong Weng Ee and Daphne Oh Xin Yi.
GCE ‘O’ Level
In the GCE “O” Level Examinations, every one of our 42 candidates qualify for a place in a polytechnic and 97.6 per cent are eligible for progression to a junior college or Millennia Institute. All candidates had passes in 5 subjects or more. Our student-athletes sat for a total of 17 subjects, of which 15 subjects saw pass rates higher than the national average.
The top student-athlete for 2015 is Brian Cheong Sze Kai (Fencing Academy), who scored 5 distinctions and an L1R5 of 9 points. Brian has Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, and he needs daily insulin injections to cope with an immune system that destroys cells in his pancreas. To be able to manage such physical stress and still perform well in sports and studies is admirable.
Another student-athlete worthy of special mention is Sheana Ching Min Li (Bowling Academy). She joined the Sports School with a PSLE T-score of 169 and was admitted into the Normal Academic stream. She scored 2 distinctions and an L1R5 of 18 points. She will be continuing her post-secondary education at St Andrews Junior College via Direct School Admission.
GCE 'O' Level Examinations student-athletes who were specially mentioned by Principal, Mr Tan Teck Hock (left), when he announced the results – Sheana Ching Min Li, Cepheaus R Chee Jiong Nian, Brian Cheong Sze Kai, Danish Irfan Azman, Qiu Yue and Louis Tee Jun Jie. Next to Louis are Vice-Principal, Mr Ho Beng Kiat, and Head of Year, Ms Lynn Quek."Much of what Singapore Sports School is and stands for contributed largely to the person I am today. I spent the best four years of my teenhood here, and the final two finding out more about the young woman I have grown to be. Sports School impressed upon me the indispensability of excellence and resilience – values I will continue to hold in high regard long after having taken my leave of the Sports School grounds. The formative years of my adolescence in secondary school were spent surrounded by loving and dedicated boarding staff, teachers, mentors, a wonderful coach and an inspiring principal. From them, I learnt the fine art of focusing on the journey rather than its destination. For ultimately, one’s greatest takeaway will not be a trophy or certificate but the character one has developed and honed all the long years of discipline and diligence.
Two Secondary 4 Normal Academic student-athletes, Nicole Kon Su-Ann (Swimming Academy) and Maneshaa Singh Gharu (Netball Academy) qualified for the Polytechnic Foundation programme.
Secondary 4 Normal Technical student-athlete Gerald Joseph Ting Yen Hong (Football Academy) made it to the through-train programme for ITE (Sports Class).
"The opportunity to grow up in a familial environment where student-athletes are encouraged to develop the less tangible attribute of compassion is also a unique quality of the Sports School that I hold dear to my heart. Home to five resident cats over which the student-athletes share a sense of collective ownership and responsibility, it has been my pleasure to witness countless displays of kindness from the student-athletes toward our feline companions. During my secondary school years, the familial warmth that the Sports School so effortlessly hosted was a hotbed for self-discovery and exploration, while simultaneously allowing me to press on towards my aspirations in a safe and nurturing environment. I am immensely grateful for my experience in the Sports School, and there is nothing in the world for which I would trade it."
Deborah Wong Weng Ee (above picture), Netball Academy
2015 Graduating Student-Athlete, IBDP
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PROGRAMMES AND COMPETITIONS
PRE-SINGAPORE SPORTS SCHOOL PROGRAMMES
LOCAL AND OVERSEAS COMPETITIONS
Student-athletes in the School-Within-A-School programme have opportunities to compete in at least three international meets. Post-secondary student-athletes Crystal Wong Jia Ying and Yeo Jia Min are two examples of SWS student-athletes who have benefited from the additional opportunities. In 2015, Jia Min won the Asia Youth U17 Badminton Championships Singles title – the first to win both the U15 and U17 titles. She then partnered Crystal to clinch the U17 Doubles gold medal.