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Badminton

OVERVIEW

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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.

ACHIEVEMENTS

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES


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

MAJOR GAMES REPRESENTATION


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)

News

Gold, Silver Reward For Singapore
2017 OUE Singapore International Series

Posted: 13 October 2017 

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It was a 1-2 finish for Singapore Sports School badminton alumnus Loh Kean Yew and post-secondary student Ryan Ng Zin Rei at the OUE Singapore International Series 2017 held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 19 to 23 September 2017.

Ryan had an easy road to the finals winning all five matches in flawless fashion, coming in as the No. 10 Seed, he was faced against the No. 8 Seed from Malaysia in the Round of 16 where he would win the nail-biting match 2-0 (21-19, 22-20). However the challenges did not stop there. In the quarter-finals Ryan faced the No. 4 Seed from Indonesia where he won 2-0 (21-16, 21-19) yet again. Ryan would eventually coming in second with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss after losing to Kean Yew in the finals 2-0 (15-21 15-21).

Compatriot Kean Yew, who was not seeded, had a slow start to the tournament losing the first set to Ju Hyung Son of Korea 17-21. However a change in momentum after a short break led to an eventual 2-1 victory (17-21, 21-8, 21-19). This gain in momentum helped him find his rhythm throughout the tournament where he went on to win with a flawless record of 6 wins only dropping one set the entire tournament.

“Ryan and I train together pretty often, but we've never actually gone up against each other in a competition, much less in a final. The all-Singaporean final meant that Singapore would clinch both gold and silver in the Men's Singles event and this was a defining and rewarding moment for me,” said Kean Yew.


Learning From The Japanese 
Singapore Sports School – Kochi Sports Exchange

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Dave Lai
General Manager, Table Tennis Academy

Posted: 15 September 2017 


One of the best ways for student-athletes to improve their skills is to spar against a variety of opponents and expose themselves to a multitude of playing styles and tactics.

Singapore Sports School’s Badminton and Table Tennis Academies had the perfect chance to do so when they visited Kochi City, Japan for an exchange programme from 24 to 28 August.

Apart from training sessions with the local high school and university students, our Academies were also afforded the opportunity to play friendlies against them where they picked up more than just technical skills.

“While the Japanese are technically very skilled, what impressed me most was their attitude. They are always willing to give more than they take and are very respectful. For instance, they would always bow to their opponents and umpires before and after every set,” Paddler Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin said.

Our paddlers too were given the chance to give back to the local Kochi community when they conducted coaching clinics for some of the younger students from the prefecture.

The exchange programme was made possible due to the Memorandum of Understanding Sports School signed with the Kochi Prefectural Board of Education in October 2016 to provide more opportunities for our student-athletes to fulfil their potential in sport.


Sports School Wins 17 Golds In Kuala Lumpur 
Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games 

Posted: 15 September 2017 


The number 17 has multiple significances in today’s context.

Apart from being the number of syllables in a haiku, 17 was also the number most frequently worn by local footballer Fandi Ahmad.

However, that number will now carry extra meaning in Singapore Sports School after our 104 past and present student-athletes combined to win 17 golds and account for almost 30 percent of Team Singapore’s gold medals at the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

In addition, the 17 golds, 21 silvers, and 20 bronze medals, alongside the five SEA Games and six National records set is also Sports School’s best ever “away” showing at the biennial Games.

Among the SEA Games champions were synchronised swimmer Debbie Soh Li Fei and wakeboarder Sasha Siew Hoon Christian, who won Singapore’s first and 50th gold medals thanks to after their exploits in the Solo Free Routine and Women's Slalom respectively.
The Games was also a season for winning streaks, with Amanda Lim Xiang Qi defending her Women’s 50m Freestyle crown to remain unbeaten in the event since 2009.

Among the other highlights were the Men’s Bowling Tem comprising Basil Dill Ng Jui Chang, Darren Ong Wei Siong, Keith Saw Hui-Xun, Muhammad Jaris Goh Ali Akbar Goh and Timothy Theodore Tham Fu Rong who clinched Singapore’s first Team gold in 22 years, while Gregory Raymund Foo Yongen, Joshua Shou Minqing and Marc Ong Chong Ching won Singapore’s first gold medal in golf since 1989.

Results
Aquatics
Diving
Women's Synchronised 3m Springboard
2nd Fong Kay Yian

Open Water
Women's 10km
3rd Chantal Liew Li-Shan

Swimming
Men's 200m Individual Medley
2nd Pang Sheng Jun

Men's 400m Individual Medley
3rd Pang Sheng Jun

Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay
1st Pang Sheng Jun

Women's 50m Breaststroke
1st Roanne Ho Ru En (New SEA Games Record, New National Record)

Women's 50m Freestyle
1st Amanda Lim Xiang Qi (New SEA Games Record)

Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
1st Amanda Lim Xiang Qi (New SEA Games Record, New National Record)

Women's 4x100m Medley Relay
1st Hoong En Qi

Synchronised Swimming
Solo Free Routine
1st Debbie Soh Li Fei
3rd Miya Yong Hsing

Solo Technical Routine
2nd Debbie Soh Li Fei
3rd Miya Yong Hsing

Duet Free Routine
2nd Debbie Soh Li Fei, Miya Yong Hsing

Duet Technical Routine
1st Debbie Soh Li Fei, Miya Yong Hsing

Team Free Routine
1st Ariel Sng Kai Lin, Debbie Soh Li Fei, Gwyneth Goh Xiao Hui, Miya Yong Hsing

Water Polo
Women's Team
2nd Koh Xiao Li, Loke En Yuan, Naomi Yap Xiao Fei


Athletics
Women's 100m
3rd Veronica Shanti Pereira (New National Record in Semi-Finals)

Women's 200m
3rd Veronica Shanti Pereira

Women's 400m
2nd Dipna Lim Prasad (New National Record)

Women's 100m Hurdles
3rd Nur Izlyn Zaini (Equalled National Record)

Women's 400m Hurdles
2nd Dipna Lim Prasad


Badminton
Men’s Team
3rd Jason Wong Guang Liang, Lee Jianliang, Loh Kean Hean, Loh Kean Yew, Muhammad Elaf Tan Wei, Ryan Ng Zin Rei, Terry Hee Yong Kai

Women's Team
3rd Crystal Wong Jia Ying, Liang Xiaoyu, Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan, Ong Ren-ne, Si To Jia Rong, Tan Wei Han, Yeo Jia Min


Bowling
Men's Team
1st Basil Dill Ng Jui Chang, Darren Ong Wei Siong, Keith Saw Hui-Xun, Muhammad Jaris Goh Ali Akbar Goh, Timothy Theodore Tham Fu Rong

Women's Doubles
2nd New Hui Fen
3rd Daphne Tan Shi Jing

Women's Trios
2nd New Hui Fen

Women's Team
2nd Bernice Lim Hui Ying, Daphne Tan Shi Jing, Jazreel Tan Shi Hua, New Hui Fen


Fencing
Women’s Foil Individual
1st Amita Berthier
3rd Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan

Men's Sabre Individual
3rd Ahmad Huzaifah Saharudin


Golf
Men’s Individual (Stroke Play)
2nd Marc Ong Chong Ching

Men’s Team (Match Play) 
1st Gregory Raymund Foo Yongen, Joshua Shou Minqing, Marc Ong Chong Ching


Gymnastics
Artistic
Women’s Team
2nd Zeng Qiyan

Rhythmic
Women's Group Mixed Apparatus (2 Ropes 3 Balls)
3rd Avryl Tan Ying, Edlyn Ho Zen Yee, Jael Chew, Lyn Yeo Siew Lyn, Michele Petrova Lau Xin Ling, Phebe Meredith Lau Zhi Ling

Women's Group Single Apparatus (5 Hoops)
2nd Avryl Tan Ying, Edlyn Ho Zen Yee, Jael Chew, Lyn Yeo Siew Lyn, Michele Petrova Lau Xin Ling, Phebe Meredith Lau Zhi Ling

Women's Team
3rd Avryl Tan Ying, Edlyn Ho Zen Yee, Phebe Meredith Lau Zhi Ling


Netball
Women's Team
2nd Kimberly Lim Wei Yan, Melody Teo, Nur 'Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman


Pencak Silat
Men's Artistic Doubles
3rd Muhammad Haziq Zainal Abidin, Nujaid Hasif Zainal Abidin

Men's Artistic Team
3rd Hamillatu Arash Juffrie, Muhammad Haziq Zainal Abidin, Nujaid Hasif Zainal Abidin

Men's Match Class 'G' (75-80kg)
2nd Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma'en

Men's Match Class 'J' (90-95kg)
1st Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau'ddin

Women's Match Class 'B' (50-55kg)
3rd Nurul Shafiqah Mohamed Saiful

Women's Match Class 'D' (60-65kg)
3rd Nurul Suhaila Mohamed Saiful


Shooting
Men's 10m Air Rifle Individual
2nd Mohamad Irwan Abdul Rahman

Women's 10m Air Rifle Individual
1st Martina Lindsay P Veloso (New SEA Games Record)


Table Tennis
Men's Singles
2nd Clarence Chew Zhe Yu

Men's Doubles
1st Pang Xue Jie
2nd Clarence Chew Zhe Yu, Ethan Poh Shao Feng

Men's Team
2nd Clarence Chew Zhe Yu, Ethan Poh Shao Feng, Pang Xue Jie

Women's Team
1st Yee Herng Hwee

Mixed Doubles
2nd Pang Xue Jie
3rd Clarence Chew Zhe Yu


Waterski and Wakeboarding
Women's Slalom
1st Sasha Siew Hoon Christian (New SEA Games Record)

Women's Wakeboard
1st Sasha Siew Hoon Christian

Mixed Team Wakeboard
2nd Sasha Siew Hoon Christian

Wushu
Men's Optional Taijijian
3rd Chan Jun Kai

Other New National Records
Aquatics (Swimming)
Men’s 400m Freestyle
4th Pang Sheng Jun (New National Record)

Athletics
Women’s 4x100m Relay
4th Dipna Lim Prasad, Nur Izlyn Zaini, Veronica Shanti Pereira, Wendy Enn (New National Record)


The Student Who Ended Up Teaching
International Youth Sports Camp
 
Ong Kaifen
Head, Cluster 1

Posted: 15 August 2017


It may have been her second visit to Singapore, but the humidity was still one of Alexis Fraser’s biggest challenges when she visited the Lion City as part of Singapore Sports School’s Inaugural International Youth Sports Camp.
 
Yet it was also this need to adapt to Singapore’s tropical weather which represented the Australian’s biggest takeaway after her stint here from 10 to 21 July.
 
“I needed to watch my hydration levels during training due to the lower rates of recovery. However, I am very thankful for this experience since it this will give me a better idea of how to pace myself should I compete in such humid conditions in the future.
 
“I was also very fortunate to learn some other technical drills which I will be able to improve myself and even share them with my coach back home, so I am very grateful towards Sports School for this opportunity” Alexis said.
 
Ironically, the 17-year-old had also been unknowingly passing on various tips to her Sports School peers while gaining lessons to bring home.
 
“I noticed Alexis kept a very strict diet regime. For instance, she would only consume a bowl of cereal for breakfast to keep tiredness at bay due to the digestion of meals. Her mindset and training attitude is something we can all learn from,” Zann Oh Shuyu of the Track and Field Academy said.
 
Their coach Liang Wei was also equally supportive of this new initiative to support budding youth athletes from our partner schools.
 
“Not only can our student-athletes compare standards with their international counterparts, they can also exchange training techniques to become more aware of the different methods adopted by different countries. Moreover, Alexis’s training standard was slightly higher than our own student-athletes which would motivate them to train harder,” Liang Wei said.
 
Apart from Alexis, six other outstanding student-athletes from various countries will participate in an intensive two week training programme where they will train and spar with Sports School student-athletes in a world class environment.
 
The camp will also serve as a platform for youth athletes around the world to forge mutual understanding and respect as well immerse themselves in Singapore’s rich and diverse culture.


Sports School Ready For KL
Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games Send-Off Ceremony

Posted: 15 August 2017


It all began in 2005 when Singapore Sports School sent seven student-athletes to the Southeast Asian Games in Manila. Six editions on and the number has increased by nearly 15 fold.

On 10 August 2017, Sports School organised its seventh send-off ceremony to recognise and cheer on its past and present student-athletes heading to the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games. Student-athletes and alumni will be competing in 17 out of 38 sports contested at the biennial Games.

The evening event was attended by Chairman of Sports School’s Board of Directors, Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, who was guest-of-honour, Chef de Mission Mr Milan Kwee and his deputies Mr Mark Chay and Mr Lee Wung Yew. Each SEA Games-bound athlete received a board comprising all Sports School athletes heading to the 29th edition in Kuala Lumpur and the school mascot ROAR.

Sports School sent off its largest number of representatives at this year’s SEA Games. Over 100 past and present student-athletes have been given the nod from the Singapore National Olympic Council, with at least 40% of them making their debut at the Games. Amongst the 104 Team Sports School’s competitors, 45 of them are current secondary and post-secondary student-athletes. Pistol coach Nigel Lim Swee Hon from the Shooting Academy will also be part of the Team Singapore contingent.

In the last edition of the Games on homeground, Sports School athletes contributed a creditable 38 per cent of the gold medals won by Team Singapore. They garnered 32 golds, 19 silvers and 19 bronzes.

Competition began for the footballers and netballers on 14 August. Sports School wishes our student-athletes and alumni the very best as they do Singapore proud at the Games which officially begin on 19 August. We’re Ready for KL and will be backing all of you up!

Team Singapore Sports School at Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games
Athletics
Calvin Kang Li Loong
Dipna Lim Prasad
Kugapriya d/o Chandran
Nur Izlyn Zaini (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)
Veronica Shanti Pereira
Wendy Enn

Badminton
Crystal Wong Jia Ying (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 2)
Jason Wong Guang Liang (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 4)
Lee Jianliang (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)
Liang Xiao Yu
Loh Kean Hean
Loh Kean Yew
Muhammad Elaf Tan Wei (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)
Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan (Secondary 4)
Ong Ren-ne (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)
Ryan Ng Zin Rei (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)
Si To Jia Rong (Post-Secondary – DBS Year 1)
Tan Wei Han
Terry Hee Yong Kai
Yeo Jia Min (Post-Secondary)

Bowling
Basil Dill Ng Jui Chang (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 4)
Bernice Lim Hui Ying
Daphne Tan Shi Jing
Darren Ong Wei Siong (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)
Jazreel Tan Shi Hua
Keith Saw Hui-Xun
Muhammad Jaris Goh Ali Akbar Goh (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)
New Hui Fen
Timothy Theodore Tham Fu Rong (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)

Cricket
Shafina Mahesh
Tan Zay Hua (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 2)

Aquatics
Diving
Fong Kay Yian

Open Water Swimming
Benedict Boon Ji Chao (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 4)
Chantal Liew Li-Shan
Chin Khar Yi
Erasmus Ang Zhong Qing (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 1)

Pool Swimming
Amanda Lim Xiang Qi
Benedict Boon Ji Chao (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 4)
Hoong En Qi
Pang Sheng Jun
Roanne Ho Ru'En

Synchronised Swimming
Ariel Sng Kai Lin (Secondary 4)
Debbie Soh Li Fei (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 2)
Gwyneth Goh Xiao Hui (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 2)
Miya Yong Hsing (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 1)

Water Polo
Koh Xiao Li
Loke En Yuan
Naomi Yap Xiao Fei

Fencing
Ahmad Huzaifah Saharudin (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 1)
Amita Berthier (Secondary 4)
Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan

Football
Adam Swandi
Ikhsan Fandi
Illyas Lee Si Qin
Irfan Fandi
Joshua Bernard Pereira
Lionel Tan Han Wei
Mohamad Hanafi Mohd Akbar
Muhamad Rusyaidi Salime
Muhammad Amirul Adli Azmi
Muhammad Hami Syahin Said
Muhammad Muhaimin Suhaimi
Muhammad Muhelmy Suhaimi
Muhammad Shahrin Saberin
Muhammad Syahrul Sazali
Muhammad Zharfan Rohaizad

Golf
Callista Chen Wan Qing (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 2)
Gregory Raymund Foo Yongen
Jacqueline De Los Reyes Young (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 2)
Joshua Shou Minqing
Marc Ong Chong Ching

Gymnastics
Artistic
Sean Yeo Xong Sean (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 2)
Zeng Qiyan (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)

Rhythmic
Avryl Tan Ying (Secondary 4)
Edlyn Ho Zen Yee (Post-Secondary – DBS Year 1)
Jael Chew (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 1)
Lyn Yeo Siew Lyn (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 1)
Michele Petrova Lau Xin Ling (Secondary 4)
Phebe Meredith Lau Zhi Ling (Secondary 4)

Netball
Kimberly Lim Wei Yan
Melody Teo
Nur 'Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman

Pencak Silat
Abdul Raaziq Abdul Rashid (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 2)
Hamillatu Arash Juffrie (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 2)
Muhammad Haziq Zainal Abidin
Muhammad Iqbal Abdul Rahman
Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma'en
Nujaid Hasif Zainal Abidin (Post-Secondary – IBDP Year 1)
Nur Hakim Norshamsuddin (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 1)
Nurul Shafiqah Mohamed Saiful
Nurul Suhaila Mohamed Saiful
Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau'ddin
Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alau'ddin

Shooting
Martina Lindsay P Veloso
Mohamad Irwan Abdul Rahman (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 2)
Nigel Lim Swee Hon (Staff)

Table Tennis
Clarence Chew Zhe Yu (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 5)
Ethan Poh Shao Feng (Post-Secondary – DBS Year 1)
Pang Xue Jie
Yee Herng Hwee (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)

Tennis
Charmaine Seah Shi Yi
Muhammad Shaheed Alam Meqsud Alam (Post-Secondary – DSLM Year 3)
Sherwin Foo Shi Yun

Triathlon
Jeremia Christy Suriadi

Waterski & Wakeboarding
Sasha Siew Hoon Christian

Wushu
Chan Jun Kai (Secondary 4)

*All athletes are alumni unless otherwise stated.


Lincoln Finishes As Singapore's Top Performer
ASEAN Schools Games

Posted: 15 August 2017


No one would have begrudged Lincoln Forest Liqht Man if he had targeted just one bronze medal at the 2017 ASEAN Schools Games especially when one considers the 17-year-old had come up empty in his previous two appearances at the annual championships.

Yet Lincoln had much bigger dreams – to win Singapore’s first gymnastics individual men’s gold medal since 2011.

However, such was Lincoln’s form during the Games that he would surpass that to win 4 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronzes and emerge as Singapore’s top performer.

Not only did he finish first in the Individual All Around, Individual Floor and Parallel Bar events, he was also part of the quartet which clinched Singapore’s first ever Men’s Team gold.

“I knew how my seniors did in previous editions of the Games, so I really wanted to do my best to show everyone that the standard of Singapore’s gymnastics has improved,” Lincoln said.

His achievement was even more impressive when one remembers Lincoln had been struggling with wrist, back and ankle injuries during the competition from 19 to 25 July.

“Credit must go to Ms Jolene Tan, our sport physiotherapist who has been giving various strategies to manage the pain. My General Manager Ms Serena Wong has also been very helpful as she has always stood by me and given me plenty of moral support.

“In fact, being a full time student-athlete is difficult due to the sacrifices we need to make, but being in Sports School has helped me better juggle both my academic and sporting commitments,” Lincoln said. 

Sports School’s other multiple gold medallists were paddler Gerald Yu Zong Jun and Bowling Academy’s Aidan Poh.

Gerald bagged three gold medals thanks to his exploits in the Boys Team, Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles events, while Aidan bowled his way to victory in the Boys Doubles and Boys All Events to add on to the two bronze medals he secured in the Boys Quartet and Boys Singles.

Sports School student-athletes ended the tournament with 10 golds, 8 silvers and 9 bronzes, a figure which amounts to slightly over 40 percent of Singapore’s gold medals. 

Results
Badminton
Boys Doubles
2nd Jason Teh Jia Heng
3rd Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong, Ting Hock Yu

Boys Team
2nd Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong, Jason Teh Jia Heng, Lee Wei Hong, Ting Hock Yu

Bowling
Boys All Events
1st Aidan Poh
3rd Jarred Lim Jia Le

Boys Singles
3rd Aidan Poh

Boys Doubles
1st Aidan Poh, Jarred Lim Jia Le

Boys Quartet
1st Kieran Tan Wei Zhong, Xavier Teo Jun Hao
3rd Aidan Poh, Jarred Lim Jia Le

Gymnastics
Mens Artistic Gymnastics Team
1st Lincoln Forest Liqht Man

Mens Individual All Around
1st Lincoln Forest Liqht Man

Mens High Bar
3rd Lincoln Forest Liqht Man

Mens Individual Floor
1st Lincoln Forest Liqht Man

Mens Individual Vault
2nd Lincoln Forest Liqht Man

Mens Parallel Bars
1st Lincoln Forest Liqht Man

Mens Rings
3rd Lincoln Forest Liqht Man

Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
2nd Leah Chew

Swimming
Girls 4x100m Freestyle
2nd Clydi Chan

Girls 4x200m Freestyle
2nd Clydi Chan

Table Tennis
Boys Doubles
1st Gerald Yu Zong Jun

Boys Team
1st Beh Kun Ting, Gerald Yu Zong Jun

Girls Singles
3rd Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin

Girls Doubles
3rd Tay Hui Li

Mixed Doubles
1st Gerald Yu Zong Jun, Goi Rui Xuan
2nd Liu Sijia

Track and Field
Girls 4x100m
3rd Ismi Zakiah Kashful Anwar

Girls Long Jump
2nd Tia Louise Rosario



Kean Yew Serves Notice To Sea Games Rivals
Malaysia International Series

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Posted: 15 August 2017

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 It is no surprise to learn that seeding systems are not geared towards creating underdog stories. 

After all, the seeding system is designed to separate the top teams and players at the tournament to ensure they do not knock each other out in the early rounds. 

And the Malaysia International Series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is no different with the Men’s Singles draw featuring 16 seeded entries.

Yet all these did not matter to Loh Kean Yew as he ignored his unseeded status to embark on a giant-killing run to lift the Men’s Singles crown on 16 July.

He defeated 11th seeded Malaysian Cheam June Wei 21-19, 21-14 to cap a spectacular run to the final which saw him eliminate the 16th, 12th and 10th seeds.

In fact, his first tournament win since his 2014 came as a pleasant surprise considering the 20-year-old’s irregular training schedule due to his National Service commitments.

The tournament is Kean Yew’s last competitive outing before the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games where he will be looking to better his Men’s Singles and Team bronze medals won at the previous edition.

Results
Mens Singles
1st Loh Kean Yew


Jia Min Increases Medal Collection
Pembangunan Jaya Raya Badminton Asia Junior Championships

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Posted: 15 August 2017


Her eligibility for Junior level tournaments may be ending soon, but it is clear that Yeo Jia Min is determined to leave on her high after she clinched bronze in the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Badminton Asia Junior Championships.

The shuttler dispatched Indonesia’s Choirunnisa Choirunnisa in the last eight before falling 1-2 to Pattarasuda Chaiwan in the Semi-Finals.

Jia Min had won the first set before her Thai counterpart rallied to take victory in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Nevertheless, there was still plenty for Jia Min to be proud of after she achieved Singapore’s best ever finish at the annual championships. 

Jia Min's bronze from 26 to 30 July will serve as a good confidence boost in her preparations for the upcoming Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games and World Junior Championships.

Results
Women’s Singles U19
3rd Yeo Jia Min


A Strong Friendship And A Healthy Rivalry
Pilot Pen Badminton Championships

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Posted: 14 July 2017


Doubles partners since 2014 and often seen in each other’s company, it is no surprise that Bernice Lim Zhi Rui and Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan have a strong relationship on and off the court.

It was therefore especially fitting to see the duo team up to clinch the Girls Doubles Under 17 crown at the Pilot Pen Badminton Championships.

Such was their dominance that the duo finished their doubles campaign without dropping a game en route to victory over fellow student-athletes Cheah Wen Jun and Chiu Jing Yun in the final. 

“On top of a strong friendship, it also helps that the two of us play a similar fast paced style which dovetails together,” Insyirah said.

Insyirah eventually ended the tournament from 12 to 18 June with two gold medals after she had also defeated Bernice 2-1 in the Girls Singles Under 17 final. 

Despite her two gold medals at Temasek Club, Insyirah was quick to praise her teammate and opponent’s performances.

“Bernice really raised her game at this tournament. Not only did she play very well in the Doubles event, she also pushed me very hard in the Singles final, as evidenced by the close scoreline,” Insyirah said. 

Bernice was equally effusive in her praise for her teammate.

“Insyirah really played up to her abilities on that day, and both of us fought very hard, so we have plenty of reasons to be pleased about our performances,” Bernice said.

The two medals in the U17 Girls category were part of Sports School’s bumper medal haul which saw them bring home 6 golds, 5 silvers and 10 bronzes.

Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong, Howin Wong Jia Hao, Joey Koh Yu Han, Kenny Khew Han Yang, Rennie Yow Jia Yi and Ting Hock Yu were Sports School’s other gold medallists. 

Results
Girls Singles U17
1st Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
2nd Bernice Lim Zhi Rui
Joint 3rd Cheah Wen Jun
Joint 3rd Chiu Jing Yun

Girls Doubles U17
1st Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan and Bernice Lim Zhi Rui
2nd Cheah Wen Jun and Chiu Jing Yun
Joint 3rd Ashley Lim Xiao Fei

Girls Singles U15
2nd Sabrina Lee Jingyi
3rd Joey Koh Yu Han

Girls Doubles U15
1st Rennie Yow Jia Yi and Joey Koh Yu Han
2nd Kennise Ang Yan Ning and Sabrina Lee Jingyi
Joint 3rd Alexis Lee Ying 

Boys Singles U17
1st Ting Hock Yu
Joint 3rd Howin Wong Jia Hao 
Joint 3rd Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong

Boys Doubles U17
1st Howin Wong Jia Hao and Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong
2nd Benjamin Lee Yihui 
Joint 3rd Kubo Junsuke and Lee Zhi Yuan
Joint 3rd Ivan Go Wei Hon and Ting Hock Yu

Boys Singles U15
1st Kenny Khew Han Yang
Joint 3rd Donovan Willard Wee
Joint 3rd Ryan Tan Rui Yang

Boys Doubles U15
Joint 3rd Kenny Khew Han Yang and Nge Joo Jie


Jia Min Makes History
Badminton World Federation Junior Rankings

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Posted: 15 June 2017

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Take a look at Yeo Jia Min’s young career, and one can clearly see the 18-year old prove there is a first time for everything. 

Not only was she the first badminton player to win the Straits Times Star of the Month award twice, she was also the first Singaporean to win gold at the Badminton Asia Under 17 Junior Championships in the Singles and Doubles event concurrently.

Jia Min can now add another first to her list of accomplishments after the Badminton World Federation’s 8 June rankings saw her leapfrog Goh Jin Wei to become the first Singaporean to be ranked World Junior No.1 

To give her achievement some perspective, this is the first time a Singaporean has topped either the junior or senior circuits in both singles and doubles categories. 

Jia Min’s latest accolade caps a spectacular 12 months for her after she won her first professional title at the Vietnam Grand Prix in July 2016 as well as the Dutch Junior event in March this year, her third international U19 title.

With the her new world ranking in tow, Jia Min will now look towards a good showing at the upcoming Asia Junior Championships and World Junior Championships – her last two competitions in the junior circuit.

The Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games bronze medallist will be ineligible to take part in the junior circuit when she turns 19 in February, when she will compete solely in the senior category. 

Jia Min is ranked No.62 on the senior circuit, the second highest Singaporean behind Sports School alumna and World No.28 Liang Xiao Yu.


Giantkillers
Walikota Surabaya Bank Jatim Victor Open
 
Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Posted: 15 June 2017


They may have been underdogs but that was not a concern to Nge Joo Jie and Marcus Tan Zhuo Li after they ignored their unseeded status to clinch a Boys Doubles Under 15 bronze at the Walikota Surabaya Bank Jatim Victor Open.
 
Among the scalps the duo claimed were fourth seeds Iqbal Asrullah and Muhammad Habibie Ananda Irham in the second round.
 
Their good run in Surabaya, Indonesia, was eventually halted after a semi-final defeat to second seeds Iman Wirawan and Muhammad Ridhwanul Arifin.
 
Nonetheless, Joo Jie and Marcus have plenty to be proud of after they ended the tournament as the only unseeded pair to reach the last four, a remarkable feat considering the tournament from 8 to 14 May 2017 was their first competitive outing as a partnership.
 
“I could not ask for a better partner. Marcus is a more experienced player than I am, and there is plenty that I can learn from him,” Joo Jie said.

Despite their latest achievement, Joo Jie knows there is plenty which he needs to work on.
 
“While this medal is a form of validation to all the efforts my coaches have invested in me, I must continue to work hard to reach my potential,” the Secondary 1 student-athlete said.
 
Their senior Teh Jia Heng also had a tournament to remember, as he emulated his juniors’ giant killing feat to clinch a joint bronze in the U19 Boys Singles event.
 
No. 16 seed Jia Heng beat sixth seed Diovano Arisdo Firdi in the fourth round before he recorded a quarter final victory over second seed Jim Jason Kiazen. 
 
The 17-year old eventually settled for bronze after he fell to eventual winner Naoki Yamada in the semi- finals.

Results
Boys Singles U19
Joint 3rd Teh Jia Heng
 
Boys Doubles U15
Joint 3rd Nge Joo Jie and Marcus Tan Zhuo Li



Stepping Up, Out For Training
Overseas Training Camps

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Lee Min Li
Head, Cluster 2
Senior General Manager, Netball Academy

Teng Seow Chin
Senior Boarding Mentor, Cluster 1


It’s the school holidays and what better time to go overseas for…a training camp. Singapore Sports School student-athletes not only travel for competition, but also for training stints with overseas partners and institutions. The intensive training alongside international youth athletes allows Sports School student-athletes, and coaches, to learn best practices from their overseas counterparts and raise the level of training, skill and ability. They also have opportunities to engage in friendly sparring sessions or participate in a local competition to gain exposure in adapting to different playing styles and higher levels of competition.

Badminton
The Badminton Academy went to China from 28 May to 9 June 2017 in preparation for the Pilot Pen Championships, an age-group competition, after they return.

Lower Secondary student-athletes headed to Dongguan Badminton School. Training with the provincial team, and sparring with a local sports school team and the Guangzhou provincial team provided good learning experiences for the young shuttlers.

Meanwhile, the Upper Secondary team were undergoing intensive sessions with the Anhui province team. They took part in two competitions while they were there, which included a provincial level competition where selected student-athletes had the opportunity represent the Anhui club. This tournament was organised in preparation for the All-China Games and was highly competitive.

A mini competition was organised between Singapore Sports School and the Anhui province team at the end of the two-week stint. This allowed for a greater level of intensity than friendly matches and provided the senior student-athletes with the excitement and anxiety of an actual competition.

In addition to meeting the objective of stepping up intensity in training and sparring sessions, Sports School coaches were also able to interact and learn from the China coaches to improve their training programmes.

Football
Football Academy student-athlete Muhammad Nur Adam Abdullah had the privilege to be on attachment to Omiya Ardija’s Under 16 team for his debut training and competition stint in Europe. From 29 May to 6 June, Adam played alongside Sports School’s Japanese partners in the 2017 Delta Cup in Houten, Netherlands.

Adam featured in seven out of nine games and had one goal assist throughout the competition that ran from 3 to 4 June. He found his footing as a Defender playing in left back, managing to hold off opponents physically bigger and stronger than he. The Secondary 4 footballer showed great ability to outjump tall opponents, timing his header well and made quick, decisive and accurate passing when in possession. Adam also had opportunities to play in midfield.

Omiya eventually finished runner-up, losing 0-2 to AZ Alkmaar from Holland in the final. They also collected the Fair Play Team and Best Goalkeeper awards from the third edition of the U16 international tournament.

Netball
Nineteen Secondary 2 and 3 Netball Academy student-athletes were selected for a week-long training cum competition outing in Perth, Australia.

From 1 to 6 June 2017, the netballers had series of friendly games and competition matches lined up for them, interspersed by training sessions to prepare them for the higher level of play delivered by the Australians. From 3 to 5 June, the Sports School team, split into two teams, played a total of 12 matches in the 2017 Smarter Than Smoking Association Championships. Both teams competed in the Under 15 age-group.

Going up against stronger players gave our netballers a glimpse of the expectations and challenges when playing at the international level. The girls were disciplined when it came to listening to instructions and following the game plan which helped them perform more effectively against opponents of higher calibre.

Despite feeling frustrated about losing out in terms of physicality, our netballers turned their frustration into determination. With each game, they got physically and mentally stronger and faced their challenges. The trip was definitely a good exposure to higher-level and faster-paced competition.

Swimming
Clydi Chan, Ervina Lim Qianhui, Luke Tan Yu Yang and Ritchie Oh Rui Zhi spent 14 days in Aichi, Japan to prepare for the Singapore National Swimming Championships shortly after their return. They underwent two highly intense training settings, including competing in a local meet. 

The first week was spent with 38 Toyokawa High School swimmers. During the last three days, training intensified in the presence of swimmers from all over Aichi, with our swimmers clocking at least 8km at each training session.

In between the two training stints, they participated in the Aichi Junior Olympic Swim Championship. Luke won 1 gold (200m Freestyle) and 1 silver (400m Freestyle), while Ritchie collected a bronze (200m Freestyle). Both girls – Clydi and Ervina – also turned in creditable performances.

Reflections
“I faced many ups and downs in Japan and learnt to overcome them. Despite the many challenges, it was a great learning experience. Through training with the teams in Aichi, I took away attributes like discipline and hard work which I can adopt in my own training in Singapore. It was inspiring to see the Japanese swimmers’ positive attitude towards training. You’ll never see them grumbling nor complaining. They complete training sets positively without complaints and they train because of their passion for the sport. I’m thankful for the opportunity and the many learning experiences I took home from it.”
– Clydi Chan, Secondary 1

“I learnt new methods to improve my productivity at training such as massage therapy to ease aches and loosen tight muscles, mental strength to control my fatigue and for greater endurance during training. Speed training sets was also varied from our usual. This trip was definitely an eye opener.”
– Ervina Lim Qianhui, Secondary 3

“The swimmers in Japan possess an attitude which is to do their very best at training. The Japanese coaches also taught me how improve in my swims, such as how to execute a good start. For example, Coach Yuya Horihata, an Olympian at the Rio 2016 Games, taught me to move my hands into a streamline position quickly when diving in for a good start. The swimmers in Japan are also very encouraging during training and always motivate one another. I feel that Singapore swimmers should adopt the same attitude during both training and competition.”
– Luke Tan Yu Yang, Secondary 3

Synchronised Swimming
Four synchronised swimmers are in Montreal, Canada for a training camp in preparation for the 2017 FINA World Championships in July and the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games in August. Ariel Sng Kai Lin, Debbie Soh Li Fei, Gwyneth Goh Xiao Hui and Miya Yong Hsing are members of the 9-strong national team that are currently overseas from 4 to 20 June 2017.


Four In A Row For Sports School
National Inter-School Badminton Championships

Desmond Tan
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 Medals
2017 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.

Results
Under 15
Boys Singles
1st Donovan Willard Wee
2nd Kenny Khew Han Yang

Boys Doubles
2nd Donovan Willard Wee and Torance Jng Yao Chee
Joint 3rd Nge Joo Jie and Ryan Tan Rui Yang

Girls Doubles
Joint 3rd Joey Koh Yu Han and Rennie Yow Jia Yi

Under 17
Boys Singles
2nd Howin Wong Jia Hao

Girls Singles
1st Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
Joint 3rd Bernice Lim Zhi Rui

Boys Doubles
1st Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong and Ting Hock Yu
Joint 3rd Howin Wong Jia Hao and Ivan Go Wei Hon

Girls Doubles
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

Under 19
Boys Singles
2nd Lee Wei Hong

Boys Doubles
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 Womens Doubles gold medal.jpg
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

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Posted: 13 January 2017


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.

Results
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

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Posted: 15 November 2016

2016 BWF Junior Championships (Bilbao, Spain) 02nov16 to 12nov16.jpg
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)
Boys
Lee Jianliang
Muhammad Elaf Tan Wei
Ryan Ng Zin Rei

Girls
Crystal Wong Jia Ying
Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
Yeo Jia Min



The Best In Budapest
2016 Hungarian International Challenge

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

Posted: 15 November 2016

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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.

Badminton
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.


Fencing
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.

“It was indeed a good bonding session. My little ones had the chance to play with their brother, Torance. They really enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next session.”
– Madam Ang Lay Cheng, mother of Torance Jng Yao Chee


All Time High
World Badminton Federation Ranking

Desmond Tan
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.

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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.

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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

Lynn Quek
Head of Year, Secondary 4 and 5, 2015

Posted: 15 January 2016

IBDP
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.

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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.

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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.

Normal Academic
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.

Normal Technical
Secondary 4 Normal Technical student-athlete Gerald Joseph Ting Yen Hong (Football Academy) made it to the through-train programme for ITE (Sports Class).

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"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.

"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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"Singapore Sports School is special to me – because this is my second family, my second home. Everyone knows each other and everyone is always friendly towards one another, even if it's just a wave or a simple greeting. The student-athletes and staff I meet through the day never fail to put a smile on my face. Sports School is where my heart will always belong. I wouldn’t know who I am today if I went to another school. Sports School has contributed a huge amount to my character development and I'm thankful for that. The morals and values that sports taught me are priceless. Such opportunities were only possible because of the Sports School."
Daphne Oh Xin Yi (above picture), Bowling Academy
2015 Graduating Student-Athlete, IBDP
President, Student’s Council

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PROGRAMMES AND COMPETITIONS

PRE-SINGAPORE SPORTS SCHOOL PROGRAMMES

Yonex-Singapore Sports School Junior Excellence Programme

The Yonex-Singapore Sports School Junior Excellence Programme (JEP) started in 2011, providing coaching to top junior players from 9 to 11 years old. The training programme is designed and delivered by Singapore Sports School’s coaches. Young talented badminton players under the JEP are groomed and nurtured before joining Singapore Sports School’s Badminton Academy in Secondary 1.

Primary 4 to 6 Invitational Training

 Singapore Sports School collaborates with Singapore Badminton Association to identify Primary 4 to 6 pupils with potential in the sport. These selected pupils are invited to train with Sports School to enhance their sport development.

Training Camp for Top 8 Primary 4 and 5 Pupils

Singapore Sports School collaborates with the Singapore Badminton Association to invite the top eight athletes (four boys and four girls) in each level of Primary 4 and Primary 5 to attend an intensive training camp in the Sports School. Participants undergo sessions focused on improving their skill, technique and fitness. Players have opportunities to be talent-scouted and invited to join the National Intermediate Squad in secondary school.

LOCAL AND OVERSEAS COMPETITIONS

  • Asian and World Junior Championships
  • Badminton  Asia Youth Under 17 and U15 Championships
  • International Age-Group Competitions
  • Singapore International Series
  • National Age-Group Championships

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.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

Overseas Training Camps

The Badminton Academy sends its student-athletes for overseas training camps each year. Badminton players train and spar with stronger and more skilful players which allows them to push their boundaries and stretch their potential.

In June 2016, the School-Within-A-School badminton players had the privilege to participate in a training stint in Anhui, China for two weeks. At the end of the year, they spent another two weeks in Thailand, exposing themselves to a higher level of play. The players were able to train in world-class facilities and spar with top shuttlers in their age-group.

In October 2016, the Singapore Sports School also signed a sports exchange memorandum with Kochi Prefectural Board of Education. Starting from 2017, SWS student-athletes will have an additional sparring opportunity with Asian shuttlers on top of the aforementioned overseas training opportunities.

Hosting Overseas Teams

Sports School occasionally hosts overseas teams for training stints. In January 2016, the Badminton Academy hosted the top 12 badminton players in the country selected by the Japan Institute of Sports Science.

Lower Secondary student-athletes had sparring sessions with the Japanese and also underwent physical testing with them. The training intensity during the five days was optimal. Both teams pushed each other in every training session as the Japanese brought a new dimension into the training sessions conducted by the National Junior Coach of Japan.

STAFF

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Desmond Tan Kok Keong
General Manager
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Bai Lihua
Head Coach
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Senior Coach
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Kelvin Ho  
SWS Coach, Singapore Badminton Association