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OVERVIEW

Fencing.pngThe Fencing Academy is one of the newest academies set up in Singapore Sports School in 2011. Student-athletes in the Fencing Academy enjoy many opportunities to compete overseas with top fencers in their age-group to up their game.

The Academy had the privilege of benefitting from visiting consultant Michael Marx, an 8-time US Foil champion and 5-time Olympian. Michael visited the Sports School in 2015 to validate the Fencing Academy’s programme and suggested improvements so as to raise the level of Fencing in Singapore.

Since the start of 2016, fencers have been able to maximise their training hours with a new dedicated fencing hall.

ACHIEVEMENTS

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Singapore Sports School's Fencing Academy has produced eight national team representatives.

2016 Year of Induction Ahmad Huzaifah Saharudin, Chua Yi Jia, Lee Kar Moon, Nicole Wee Sher Tynn, Tan Weixuan, Yeo Jing Zhe

2015 Year of Induction Fong Zheng Jie

2014 Year of Induction Amita Berthier, Neville Lim Woon Juin, Ryan Ong Ren-An, Tatiana Wong Yu Rong

2013 Year of Induction Zachary Chen Yi

2012 Year of Induction Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan

2007 Year of Induction Cheryl Lim

MAJOR GAMES REPRESENTATION

2015 – 28th Southeast Asian Games (Singapore): Cheryl Lim (Bronze Medal – Women's Epée Team), Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan (Gold Medal – Women's Foil Team)

2014 – 17th Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea): Cheryl Lim, Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan

2014 – 11th Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Largs, Scotland): Cheryl Lim (Gold Medal – Women's Epee Team), Tatiana Wong Yu Rong (Gold Medal – Women's Foil Team)

2013 – 2nd Asian Youth Games (Nanjing, China): Zachary Chen Yi (Bronze Medal – Men's Epée Individual), Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan

 

News

Amita Wins Singapore’s Second Ever Medal
2017 World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships

Loo Zhao Rong Luan
General Manager, Fencing Academy

Posted: 13 April 2017

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She may have suffered a narrow 10-12 loss in the semi-finals, but Amita Berthier will still leave Plodiv, Bulgaria with a smile on her face.

After all, she improved on her top-eight finish in 2016 to clinch a bronze at the 2017 World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships, becoming only the second Singaporean fencer to win a medal at the Championships, vindicating her decision to leave her family and move to Boston, United States to train.

She defeated Ukraine’s Anna Taranenenko 15-6 to reach the foil semi-finals of the Under-17 (cadet) division and guarantee herself a bronze medal in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, before losing to Nora Hajas of Hungary in the semi-finals.

Amita’s bronze on 3 April is the latest string of achievements by the left hander.

Not only did she clinch Singapore’s first ever-gold medal at the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships, she has also been rewarded with a Sports Excellence Scholarship from Sport Singapore.


Ze Hou: Learning To Fence To ‘C’ Division Champion In Under 3 Years
2017 National School Games
 
Loo Zhao Rong Luan
General Manager, Fencing Academy

Posted: 13 April 2017


Singapore Sports School reinforced its position as one of Singapore’s top fencing schools by clinching three divisional titles at the recent National Schools Fencing Championships held on 20 to 24 March.
  
Not only did they secure the Boys “C” Division and Girls “B” Division titles for the third and fourth year running, but they also clinched the Boys “B” Division crown for the first time since 2015.

Among the 5 golds, 7 silvers and 8 bronzes was a Boys “C” Division Foil gold medal for Chern Ze Hou.
 
While his victory over Hwa Chong Institution’s Caleb Yong is a commendable achievement, his victory is even more noteworthy considering he only picked up the sport in December 2014.
 
“It feels great to win this since I only picked up fencing through the Learn-To-Fence Programme two and a half years ago. Furthermore, to win my first gold medal against such an experienced opponent is a much sweeter experience,” Ze Hou said.
 
Sports School’s Learn-To-Fence Programme is a programme designed by Sports School coaches which seeks to introduce primary school pupils to the sport through short 3-4 session introductory courses and then selected students are admitted to the once weekly classes. One of the coaches involved is Wu Jie, Ze Hou’s foil coach.
 
“Coach Wu Jie has played a key role in my development. He has put in a lot of effort to guide me during trainings and competitions, especially in my footwork. I must also thank my General Manager Ms Loo Zhao Rong Luan, my ex-coach Ralf Bissdorf and my teammates who have always pushed me.
 
“With this win, I am now more confident, and I want to aim for a medal at my next competition in Tangshan, China next month,” Ze Hou said.
 
In fact, Ze Hou’s victory has not just pushed him to work harder, but also inspired some of his teammates, including Yu Sihan, who won the Girls “B” Division Epee title for the second consecutive year.
 
“Ze Hou was from the Learn-To-Fence Programme, yet he never used his inexperience as an excuse,” Sihan said, “and this inspires me to work even harder to do well since I have been fencing from a very young age.”
 
Results
Overall
Girls 'A' Division – 2nd
Boys 'B' Division – 1st
Girls 'B' Division – 1st
Boys 'C' Division – 1st
Girls 'C' Division – 3rd
 
Boys 'A' Division
Foil
3rd Yeo Jing Zhe
 
Girls 'A' Division
Epee
2nd Michelle Lee Chuan Ling
 
Foil
2nd Tatiana Wong Yu Rong
3rd Chua Yi Jia
 
Boys 'B' Division
Foil
1st Matthew James Lim Quan Rong
2nd Max Neo Wei Kit
3rd Paolo Cheung Kele
 
Sabre
1st Sean Elisha Koh Tze Li
3rd Jared Ng Jun Heng
 
Girls 'B' Division
Epee
1st Yu Sihan 
3rd Aaliyaa Shu Qi Omar Marcus Tan
 
Sabre
2nd Megan Au Cheok Tung
 
Boys 'C' Division
Epee
1st Simon Lee Renjie 
2nd Ryan Tan Jun Quan
 
Foil
1st Chern Ze Hou
3rd Emil Chua Wen Xun
 
Sabre
2nd Chan Phu Xien
3rd Dan Wei Zuo
 
Girls 'C' Division
Epee
2nd Elisa Tan Shu Tsi
 
Sabre
3rd Jean Koh


Sabre Bronze To Savour
2017 Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships

Posted: 15 February 2017

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Women's Cadet Sabre bronze medallists: From left, Nicole Wee Sher Tynn, Nicole Goh, Lee Kar Moon, Lau Ywen.
Picture courtesy of Fencing Singapore.

Fourteen Singapore Sports School student-athletes and alumni had the opportunity to represent Singapore at the 2017 Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships from 24 February to 5 March in Korat, Thailand.

Sabre fencers Lee Kar Moon and Nicole Wee Sher Tynn contributed to the Team bronze won by Team Singapore in the Women’s Cadet category. Kar Moon and Nicole, Year 1 post-secondary student-athletes in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, teamed up with Lau Ywen and Nicole Goh to clinch a bronze medal for Singapore.

The Sabre Team held their ground against Uzbekistan in the Quarter-Finals to win 45-43 and advance into the Semi-Finals against Asian powerhouse Korea. Despite a 39-45 defeat by their Korean opponents, the Singapore team came back strong in the bronze-medal match against Japan to win 45-38, securing their spot on the podium.

Several student-athletes and alumni also did well to finish in the Top 16 of their weapon categories.

Singapore Sports School Student-Athlete and Alumni Representatives
Ahmad Huzaifah Saharudin (Post-Secondary)
Amita Berthier
Danial Haqim Mohammed Sophian (Post-Secondary)
Fong Zheng Jie (Alumnus)
Grace Mun Si En (Alumnus)
Jefferson Cheong Jia Hui (Post-Secondary)
Lee Kar Moon (Post-Secondary)
Neville Lim Woon Juin (Alumnus)
Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan (Alumnus)
Nicole Wee Sher Tynn (Post-Secondary)
Sean Elisha Koh Tze Li
Tan Weixuan (Post-Secondary)
Tatiana Wong Yu Rong (Post-Secondary)
Yeo Jing Zhe (Post-Secondary)


Fencers Feel Chuffed From Camden

GLL Camden International Cadet Sabre Tournament
Etropolski Sabre

David Chen 
Coach, Fencing Academy

Posted: 15 November 2016


They may have competed at the GLL Camden International Cadet (U17) Sabre Tournament without a reserve fencer, but that was not a problem for Singapore Sports School student-athletes Lee Kar Moon, Nicole Wee Sher Tynn and fellow Singaporean Nicole Goh.

The fact that it was Singapore’s maiden appearance at the tournament also did not faze them as the trio defeated Belgium 45-35 to clinch gold in the Women’s Team event on 30 October 2016.

“Although we had to fence without a reserve, I was not affected as I had full faith in Nicole and Kar Moon,” said Nicole Wee.

The trio had come up tops against 13 other teams from eight countries at the tournament in London, United Kingdom.

The girls found their footing on the second day of the competition. The resilience and fighting spirit they demonstrated were exceptional. Initially ranked 6th out of the 14 teams, they fought their way to gold. The gold medal symbolises the growth of the Singapore Women’s Sabre Team as a whole. This group of young ladies, together Singapore’s World Cadet Champion, Ywen Lau, are making podium at various international events, establishing the reputation of Singapore as a formidable force in the event. For all the coaches behind the scene, nothing beats watching the fencers grow and mature into athletes who demonstrate sportsmanship and the right values.

Meanwhile, there was more good news for the Fencing Academy when Megan Au Cheok Tung returned from her European debut with a medal.

The Secondary 2 student-athlete clinched silver in the Women’s Sabre Cadet U14 at the Etropolski Sabre in Sofia, Bulgaria on 7 November 2016.

RESULTS
GLL Camden International Cadet Sabre Tournament
Women’s Team 
1 Lee Kar Moon, Nicole Wee Sher Tynn

Etropolski Sabre
Women’s Sabre Cadet
2 Megan Au Cheok Tung


9 Named Best Sportsboy, Sportsgirl
46th Singapore Schools Sports Council Colours Awards

Posted: 14 October 2016


It was a proud day for Singapore Sports School after nine of our student-athletes were named Best Sportsboy and Sportsgirl at the 46th Singapore Schools Sports Council Colours Awards on 16 September 2016.

They were among 47 students who competed in the 28 SSSC sports and games and were presented the Best Sportsboy and Sportsgirl Awards at CHIJ Saint Theresa’s Convent in front of about 250 family members, teachers and students.

Sports School student-athletes were presented a total of 99 Colours (Distinction) Awards as well as 351 Colours Awards.

The annual event recognises outstanding athletes for their excellent performance in various sports and to officially close the National Schools Games for 2016.

SINGAPORE SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL’S BEST SPORTSBOY AND SPORTSGIRL 
Adele Tan Qian Xiu (Shooting)
Akmal Azman (Football)
Amabel Chua Jia Ying (Bowling)
Amita Marie Nicolette Berthier (Fencing)
Avelyn Leong Kit Yan (Netball)
Chan Jun Kai (Wushu)
Crystal Wong Jia Ying (Badminton)
Michele Petrova Lau Xin Ling (Gymnastics)
Tia Louise Rozario (Track and Field)


Not Disadvantaged By Young Age
South East Asian Fencing Federation Championships

Loo Zhao Rong Luan
General Manager, Fencing Academy

Posted: 15 September 2016

Student-athletes Tatiana Wong Yu Rong and Amita Marie Nicolette Berthier proved that age was no barrier to success when the two youngsters won gold medals in the Women’s Foil Team event at the South East Asian Fencing Federation Championships.

Indeed, 17-year-old Tatiana and 15-year-old Amita felt no nerves at the OCBC Arena Hall 5 as they teamed up with fellow youngster Ysien Lau to defeat Vietnam 45-27 in the final.

Not only were the three girls competing against older opponents, Vietnam is also considered as one of the traditional powerhouses in fencing in Southeast Asia.

“I am really happy because everyone fenced her heart out as one team to overcome the odds to win the gold medal for Singapore, in Singapore,” said Tatiana.

Altogether, past and present Singapore Sports School student-athletes took home 1 gold, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes at the Championships from 3 to 6 September 2016.

RESULTS
Men’s Epee Team
2 Jefferson Cheong Jia Hui

Women’s Epee Team
3 Michelle Lee Chuan Ling, Veralyn Tan Chou Xin

Women’s Foil Individual
3 Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan

Women’s Foil Team
1 Amita Berthier, Tatiana Wong Yu Rong

Men’s Sabre Team
2 Ahmad Huzaifah Saharudin, Danial Haqim Mohammed Sophian, Fong Zheng Jie


15 Medals In First Overseas Ranking Competition
Australia U15 and Cadet Fencing Championship 2016

David Chen Chien-Yuan  
Coach, Fencing Academy

Posted: 15 July 2016 

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The Australia U15 and Cadet Fencing Championship 2016 is an event recognised by Fencing Singapore as one of the ranking events in the new local ranking system. Being the first overseas ranking competition for the 2016/2017 fencing season, the event saw many Singaporeans participating – besides Singapore Sports School. It is also the first time since our Academy’s inception that we had 33 student-athletes across five levels (Secondary 1 to IBDP Year 5), three coaches and one General Manager involved in one event, making it the largest team in our Academy’s history. 

Sports School fencers brought home 4 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. Secondary 1’s Yu Sihan scored double gold in both the U15 and Cadet (U17) Individual Women’s Epee event, while Secondary 4’s Nicole Wee Sher Tynn won the gold medal in the Cadet Individual Women’s Sabre event. She then led the gold medal team consisting of Secondary 4’s Lee Kar Moon, Secondary 2’s Megan Au Cheok Tung and Secondary 1’s Jean Koh. Our fencers’ next competitions are the National Cadet Fencing Championships on 22 July and 24 July, followed by the Hong Kong U20 Open Fencing Championship during the last week of July.

To help save costs and to enable our student-athletes to learn to be more independent, we decided to stay in a hostel and relied on public transport to get to the venue each day, instead of chartering a bus. Our student-athletes did their own grocery shopping, prepared their own breakfast and did their own laundry. On a lighter side, the Fencing Academy had the chance to interact and train with Australian fencers. We toured famous attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and participated in an exciting jet boat ride at the harbour. 

RESULTS
Cadet Men’s Foil Individual – Silver (Brian Koh Shao Yang)
Cadet Women’s Epee Individual – Gold (Yu Sihan)
Cadet Women’s Foil Individual – Silver (Tatiana Wong Yu Rong)
Cadet Women’s Sabre Individual – Gold (Nicole Wee Sher Tynn)

Cadet Men’s Epee Team – Bronze (Xavier Chan Jun Xi, Jefferson Cheong Jia Hui, Simon Lee Renjie, Ryan Yeo Yuan Zhen)
Cadet Men’s Foil Team – Silver (Brian Koh Shao Yang, Matthew James Lim Quan Rong, Max Neo Wei Kit, Joven Tey Qi Long)
Cadet Men’s Sabre Team – Silver (Sean Elisha Koh Tze Li, Danial Haqim Mohammad Sophian, Jared Ng Jun Heng, Ahmad Huzaifah Saharudin)
Cadet Women’s Epee Team – Bronze (Siti Nursuhailah Selamat, Aaliyaa Shu Qi Omar Marcus Tan, Veralyn Tan Chou Xin, Yu Sihan)
Cadet Women’s Foil Team – Bronze (Chua Yi Jia, Eleanor Tan Shu Ya, Tatiana Wong Yu Rong)
Cadet Women’s Sabre Team – Gold (Megan Au Cheok Tung, Jean Koh, Lee Kar Moon, Nicole Wee Sher Tynn)

U15 Men’s Epee Individual – Silver (Simon Lee Renjie)
U15 Men’s Sabre Individual – Bronze (Sean Elisha Koh Tze Li)
U15 Women’s Epee Individual – Gold (Yu Sihan)
U15 Women’s Foil Individual – Bronze (Eleanor Tan Shu Ya)
U15 Women’s Sabre Individual – Bronze (Megan Au Cheok Tung)

U15 Men’s Sabre Team – Silver (Sean Elisha Koh Tze Li, Jared Ng Jun Heng, James Ng Xuan-Xin, Chan Phu Xien)
U15 Women’s Sabre Team – Silver (Megan Au Cheok Tung, Jean Koh)


Celebrating Champions
2016 Singapore Sports Awards

Posted: 15 July 2016   

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Past and present student-athletes and one staff from Singapore Sports School strode up the stage 66 times to receive the Singapore Sports Awards on 23 June 2016 – the majority of who had won gold medals at the 28th Southeast Asian Games on home soil in 2015.

New Hui Fen, Kimberly Lim Wei Yan and Shelby Lian Koh were the big winners at Raffles City Convention Centre after they took home the top prizes in the Team of the Year category.

Bowling alumnus Hui Fen won her second consecutive Team of the Year (Event) award after partnering Shayna Ng and Cherie Tan to win silver in the Bowling Trios Team event at the 2015 World Women’s Championships. She also won the Meritorious Awards (Individual) and Meritorious Awards (Event) prizes as a member of the Women’s Trios team at the Asian Bowling Championship and Women’s Team at the World Women’s Championship, together with fellow alumni Daphne Tan Shi Jing and Jazreel Tan Shi Hua.

Meanwhile, Kimberly and Shelby, along with the National Netball Squad, were recognised in the Team of the Year (Team Sport) category after winning the gold medal in the netball tournament at the 28th Sea Games. Like Hui Fen, this is also Kimberly’s second straight year winning the award.

Additionally, Shooting Coach and Range Executive Nigel Lim Swee Hon was presented a Meritorious Award for winning the 50m Free Pistol Men’s Team gold medal in shooting at the 28th Sea Games.

SINGAPORE SPORTS AWARDS WINNERS

Team of the Year (Event)
Bowling Trios Team (2015 World Women’s Championships)
New Hui Fen

Team of the Year (Team Sport)
Netball Team (28th Sea Games)
Kimberly Lim Wei Yan
Shelby Lian Koh

Meritorious Awards – Sportsboy/ Sportsgirl (Individual)
Fencing
Amita Marie Nicolette Berthier
Neville Lim Woon Juin
Ryan Ong Ren An

Pencak Silat
Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin

Track and Field
Veronica Shanti Pereira

Meritorious Awards – Sportsboy/ Sportsgirl (Event)
Gymnastics: Women’s Team (28th Sea Games)
Zeng Qiyan

Shooting: 10m Air Rifle Women’s Team (ISSF Junior Cup)
Adele Tan Qian Xiu
Ho Xiu Yi
Martina Lindsay P Veloso

Meritorious Awards (Individual)
Bowling
Daphne Tan Shi Jing
Jazreel Tan Shi Hua
New Hui Fen

Pencak Silat
Muhammad Iqbal Abdul Rahman
Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma’en
Nurul Suhaila Mohd Saiful

Swimming
Amanda Lim Xiang Qi
Roanne Ho Ru’en
Tao Li

Waterski and Wakeboard
Sasha Siew Hoon Christian

Meritorious Awards (Event)
Badminton: Girls’ Doubles (Asia Youth Championship)
Crystal Wong Jia Ying
Yeo Jiamin

Bowling: Women’s Trios (Asian Bowling Championship)
New Hui Fen

Bowling: Women’s Team (World Women’s Championship)
Daphne Tan Shi Jing
Jazreel Tan Shi Hua 
New Hui Fen

Bowling: Men’s Doubles (28th Sea Games)
Howard Saw Hui-Zhe
Keith Saw Hui-Xun

Bowling: Women’s Trios (28th Sea Games)
Bernice Lim Hui Ying

Fencing: Foil Women’s Team (28th Sea Games)
Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan

Gymnastics: Women’s Rhythmic (28th Sea Games)
Edlyn Ho Zen Yee

Pencak Silat: Artistic Male Doubles (16th World Pencak Silat Championship)
Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alau’ddin

Pencak Silat: Artistic Female Team (16th World Pencak Silat Championship)
Nur Fazlin Juma’en
Nur Shafiqa Sheik Alau’ddin
Nurul Khairunnisa Azlani

Pencak Silat: Artistic Male Team (16th World Pencak Silat Championship)
Hamillatu Arash Juffrie
Muhammad Haziq Zainal Abidin

Sailing: Female Fleet Racing Keelboat (28th Sea Games)
Daniella Ng Hui Min
Jovina Choo Bei Fen

Sailing: Mixed Nacra 17 Fleet (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
Denise Lim Kexin

Sailing: Men’s 470 (28th Sea Games)
Darren Choy Wong Loong

Sailing: Women’s Skiff 49er (28th Sea Games)
Griselda Khng

Shooting: 10m Air Rifle Women’s Team (28th Sea Games)
Martina Lindsay P Veloso

Shooting: 50m Free Pistol Men’s Team (28th Sea Games)
Nigel Lim Swee Hon (Staff)

Swimming: Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team (28th Sea Games)
Clement Lim Yong’En

Swimming: Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team (28th Sea Games)
Amanda Lim Xiang Qi
Hoong En Qi

Swimming: Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Team (28th Sea Games)
Clement Lim Yong’En

Swimming: Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Team (28th Sea Games)
Amanda Lim Xiang Qi
Roanne Ho Ru’en
Tao Li

Swimming: Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Team (28th Sea Games)
Pang Sheng Jun

Swimming: Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Team (28th Sea Games)
Amanda Lim Xiang Qi

Synchronised Swimming: Team Routine (28th Sea Games)
Crystal Yap Yu Hui
Debbie Soh Li Fei
Gwyneth Goh Xiao Hui
Lee Mei Shuang
Natalie Chen Mei Qing
Stephanie Chen Mei Qi

Table Tennis: Men’s Team (28th Sea Games)
Clarence Chew Zhe Yu

Table Tennis: Women’s Team (20th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship)
Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin
Yee Herng Hwee
Zhang Wanling

Table Tennis: Women’s Team (28th Sea Games)
Isabelle Li Siyun


Fencing 101 
Holiday Camp Cum Learn To Fence Programme

Loo Zhao Rong Luan
General Manager, Fencing Academy

Posted: 15 July 2016  


Singapore Sports School’s Under 14 fencers had an opportunity to pit themselves against their peers in the biggest age-group competition in Singapore a week ahead of the 2016 National Schools Fencing Championships. The Fencing Academy collected 7 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes at the Singapore Minime Fencing Championships from 12 to 15 March 2016.

Secondary 2 student-athlete Matthew James Lim Quan Rong locked his name as the top foil specialist in his age-group, securing the individual and team gold medals. His third gold medal came in the Sabre Team event, while adding a silver medal in the Individual event of the same weapon.

Other multiple gold medallists include Aaliya Shu Qi Omar Marcus Tan (Girls Epee Individual and Team) and Sean Elisha Koh Tze Li (Boys Sabre Individual and Team).

RESULTS
Individual
Boys Epee
1 Simon Lee Renjie
3 Ryan Tan Jun Quan

Girls Epee
1 Aaliya Shu Qi Omar Marcus Tan
2 Siti Nursuhailah Selamat

Boys Foil
1 Matthew James Lim Quan Rong
3 Paolo Cheung Kele

Boys Sabre
1 Sean Elisha Koh Tze Li
2 Matthew James Lim Quan Rong
3 Jared Ng Jun Heng

Girls Sabre
2 Megan Au Cheok Tung

Team
Girls Epee
1 Aaliya Shu Qi Omar Marcus Tan, Jean Koh, Natalie Kuan Rui Lin, Siti Nursuhailah Selamat

Boys Foil
1 Joel Chiu Ka Jyn, Matthew James Lim Quan Rong, Max Neo Wei Kit, Paolo Cheung Kele
3 Chan Phu Xien, Chern Ze Hou, Legolas Lee Zhao Yu, Wilger Loo Jun Kai

Boys Sabre
1 James Ng Xuan-Xin, Jared Ng Jun Heng, Matthew James Lim Quan Rong, Sean Elisha Koh Tze Li


Sports School Fencers Retain Two Titles
2016 National Schools Fencing Championships

Posted: 15 April 2016


Singapore Sports School managed to retain its Boys “C” and Girls “B” Division titles at the National Schools Fencing Championships from 21 to 28 March 2016.

Sports School’s “C” Boys foilists dominated the competition, collecting medals of all three colours. Matthew James Lim Quan Rong bettered his performance in the weapon category in 2015, clinching the gold medal this time. Joel Chiu Ka Jyn and Max Neo Wei Kit finished second and third respectively. Matthew also took home a bronze medal in the Epee event.

Yu Sihan was the top performer amongst the Sports School girls, winning a gold medal in the “B” Girls Epee and a bronze in the Foil event.

Sports School’s Boys “B” and Girls “C” Division teams finished second overall, while the Girls “A” Division team, comprising Michelle Lee Chuan Ling from the Swimming Academy and Tatiana Wong Yu Rong, won 2 silver medals to emerge 4th out of eight schools in the overall standings.

RESULTS
‘C’ Division Boys (Overall 1st)
Epee
2 Simon Lee Renjie
3 Matthew James Lim Quan Rong
3 Ryan Tan Jun Quan

Foil
1 Matthew James Lim Quan Rong
2 Joel Chiu Ka Jyn
3 Max Neo Wei Kit

Sabre
3 Jared Ng Jun Heng

‘C’ Division Girls (Overall 2nd)
Epee
1 Aaliyaa Shu Qi Omar Marcus Tan

Sabre
2 Megan Au Cheok Tung

‘B’ Division Boys (Overall 2nd)
Epee
1 Jefferson Cheong Jia Hui

Foil
3 Brian Koh Shao Yang

Sabre
2 Brian Koh Shao Yang
3 Danial Haqim Mohammed Sophian

‘B’ Division Girls (Overall Champion)
Epee
1 Yu Sihan

Foil
3 Yu Sihan

Sabre
1 Nicole Wee Sher Tynn

‘A’ Division Girls (Overall 4th)
Epee
2 Michelle Lee Chuan Ling

Foil
2 Tatiana Wong Yu Rong



Singapore Fences Into History Books
2016 Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships

Ralf Bissdorf
Head Coach, Fencing Academy

Posted: 15 March 2016


Singapore’s youth fencers penned a chapter in the history books when they won a total of 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals at the 2016 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Nine Singapore Sports School past and present student-athletes contributed to all three historic wins at the competition.

In the tournament that ran from 20 to 29 February 2016, Secondary 4’s Amita Berthier won the Cadet Women’s Foil Individual gold medal, while IBDP’s Tatiana Wong Yu Rong took the bronze medal. This is Singapore’s first top-place finish in this U17 event at the Championships. This is also the second consecutive year that Singapore has won two individual medals in this event. In the 2015 Championships, alumnus Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan and Amita finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Sports School fencers achieved a few more milestones in the Team events. Amita and Tatiana were members of the Cadet Foil team that won Singapore’s first Team gold medal at the Championships. Secondary 4’s Nicole Wee Sher Tynn won another gold medal for Singapore in the Cadet Sabre Team event.

Student-athletes added another 1 silver and 3 bronze medals to Team Singapore’s medal count. These medals won at an Asian Championships are a big achievement for a fencer and a significant milestone in their journey to becoming a world-class athlete.

Results
Women's Cadet Foil Individual
1 Amita Berthier
3 Tatiana Wong Yu Rong

Men's Cadet Foil Team 
2 Akira Goh Yu Xiang , Darren Tan, Ryan Ong Ren-An , Yeo Jing Zhe

Women's Cadet Epee Team
3 Esther Lai, Grace Mun Si En , Kiria Tikanah, Rebecca Wong

Women's Cadet Foil Team
1 Aarya Berthier, Amita Berthier , Tatiana Wong Yu Rong , Maxine Wong

Women's Cadet Sabre Team
1 Jessica Ong, Lau Ywen, Nicole Goh, Nicole Wee Sher Tynn

Women's Junior Epee Team
3 Esther Lai, Grace Mun Si En , Kiria Tikanah, Nicole Aw

Women's Junior Foil Team
3 Aarya Berthier, Amita Berthier , Lau Ywen, Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan


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.




Epee News!
2016 Singapore Cadet World Cup (Epee)

Giorgio Guerrini
Coach, Fencing Academy

Posted: 15 February 2016

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Grace Mun and Coach Giorgio Guerrini

Singapore Sports School’s Fencing Academy formed a team to compete in the 2016 Singapore Cadet World Cup (Epee) from 23 to 26 January 2016 and also had fencers in the Team Singapore A and B teams. It turned out to be a “epee” event as our Sports School team won the Team silver medal – ahead of Team Singapore B team.

Four of our fencers won gold medals – Jefferson Cheong Jia Hui won the Boys’ Individual gold medal and Yu Sihan won the Girls’ Individual gold medal; Jefferson and Ryan Yeo Yuan Zhen then teamed up with two other fencers and won the Boys’ Team gold medal. Grace Mun Si En, who was fencing for Team Singapore A team, also won Girls’ Team gold medal.

Sihan, Siti Nursuhailah Selamat, Natalie Kuan Rui Lin and Tan Shu Qi, who competed under the Sports School banner, won the Girls’ Team silver medal.

Veralyn Tan Chou Xin and Nicholas Yeo Xue Wen won bronze medals competing for Team Singapore B team.

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Fencers Learn Fancy Footwork In Iksan
2016 Korea National Junior Winter Training Camp

Loo Zhao Rong Luan
General Manager, Fencing Academy


Thirteen Singapore Sports School fencers participated in Korea’s National Junior Winter Training Camp in Iksan, South Korea, from 27 January to 4 February 2016. For nine days, they moved to the rhythm of Girls Generation and Super Junior as they trained alongside top Korean National Junior fencers.

Sports School fencers who are in the national team, ranked top 6 nationally or have shown potential to be in the national team were selected for the training stint with the top 8 U20 Korean fencers in each event, for boys and girls. Top local provincial teams also joined in the intensive training camp which provided more sparring opportunities with stronger opponents to help our student-athletes step up their game. Our fencers were thrilled to have the opportunity to spar with 2015 World Cadet champions Kim Dongju (Men’s Sabre) and Kim Myeongki (Men’s Epee) and 2014 World Cadet bronze medallist Jeon Eunhye (Women’s Sabre).

Training with the Koreans was an eye-opener for our student-athletes with regard to training techniques and attitude. Fencers did their attack and defence footwork and handwork drills to different music which helped them to inculcate a sense of rhythm into their fencing. Training with music also added an element of fun so our fencers did not feel as tired while practising the drills.

The discipline displayed by the Koreans was also a good learning point for our student-athletes. Little time was wasted between activities which ensured more productive training sessions. Our fencers also learnt how to be good hosts to visitors after observing how courteous the Korean team was, even during mealtimes.

This training camp served as a good preparation ground for Sports School fencers heading to the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships and World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships.


Soaring Beyond Their Wings
‘N’, ‘O’ Levels, IBDP Examination Results

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

Posted: 15 January 2016

The student-athletes of 2015 who sat for national and international examinations have done well.

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

Facebook posts (below) by Minister for Community, Culture and Youth, Ms Grace Fu.
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PROGRAMMES AND COMPETITIONS

PRE-SINGAPORE SPORTS SCHOOL PROGRAMMES

Learn-To-Fence Programme

Singapore Sports School’s Fencing Academy organises the Learn-To-Fence Programme throughout the year for interested primary school pupils. The outreach Programme introduces pupils to the sport through a curriculum covered in up to eight introductory sessions. The LTF curriculum is designed and delivered by Sports School coaches. Participants with potential are identified and are invited to attend weekly training sessions. The Fencing Academy uses this Programme as a platform for recruitment of students into the Sports School at Secondary 1.

MOE Junior Sports Academy

The Ministry of Education has contracted Singapore Sports School’s Fencing Academy to conduct the Fencing modules in the Junior Sports Academy Programme. The module, which lasts for 15 sessions, is designed and taught by Sport School coaches. Through the programme, coaches identify participants with potential to join the Sports School’s weekly Learn-To-Fence coaching sessions. Primary 4 and 5 pupils can sign up for the programme through MOE.

LOCAL AND OVERSEAS COMPETITIONS

World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships

 

Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships

 

Commonwealth Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships

 

South East Asian Fencing Federation Championships

 

Singapore Junior Fencing Championships (Under 20)

 

Challenge Wratislavia, Poland (Under 15)

The Challenge Wratislavia is one of the biggest Youth Competition in the world for Under 11 to U15 fencers in all weapons. In 2015, more than 2,200 fencers from more than 30 countries from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe participated. Sports School’s top U13 and U15 fencers who are ranked among Singapore’s Top 6 Cadet (U17) fencers in each weapon were selected for the competition.

The high competitive level exposes our fencing student-athletes to different styles of fencing. The technical and tactical difficulty level of the Challenge Wratislavia increases from the Pools to Final stages.

Singapore Cadet Fencing World Cup (Under 17)

Sports School sends its fencers for the Singapore Cadet Fencing World Cup which sees participation from regional countries, such as Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The top local Under-17 competition provides an additional platform for student-athletes to gain exposure through fencing with different opponents and strategies.

Singapore Cadet Fencing Championships (Under 17)

 

Hong Kong Under 14 Fencing Championships

The Fencing Academy sends its student-athletes for the Hong Kong Under 14 Fencing Championships. The tournament is the top Under-14 event in Asia that is open to international participation. The Academy uses the opportunity to simultaneously organise a competition cum training trip for its student-athletes.
 

Singapore Minime Fencing Championships (Under 14)

The Singapore Minime Fencing Championships, the country’s biggest Under-14 competition, sees close to 400 competitors participating yearly in the Under-10, Under-12 and Under-14 categories. The age-group competition serves as a good sparring opportunity for Sports School student-athletes.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

Korea National Junior Winter Training Camp

Singapore Sports School Fencing Academy sent its top 13 fencers to join the Korean National Junior Team in their training camp in January and February 2016. Sports School fencers who were in the national team, Top 6 in national ranking or have shown potential to be in the national team were selected for the training stint with the top eight Korean Under-20 fencers in each event, for boys and girls.

Top local provincial teams were invited to participate in the intensive training camp. This provided more sparring opportunities for student-athletes which will help them step up their game. The training camp served as a good preparation ground for Sports School fencers heading to the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships and World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships.

Sparring Sessions with Local Fencing Clubs

Sports School’s Fencing Academy regularly invites local fencing clubs to its premises to provide more sparring opportunities for its student-athletes. Sports School fencers get to spar with opponents of comparable or better abilities.

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