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Singapore Sports School has produced 7 World Champion sailors, who have won 7 World Championship titles. Darren Choy Wong Loong won the Byte CII twice, in 2009 and 2010; Cecilia Low Rui Qi and Rachel Lee Qing won the Women’s 420 in 2012.

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

2007 Year of Induction Darren Choy Wong Loong

2006 Year of Induction Joel Pang Wen Jie, Rachel Lee Qing

2005 Year of Induction Andrew Paul Chan Li Jian

2004 Year of Induction Cecilia Low Rui Qi, Griselda Khng, Sean Lee Teik Ren, Sherman Cheng Feng Yuan, Scott Glen Sydney, Valerie Chia Ying Ying

2003 Year of Induction Victoria Chan Jing Hua

World Champions

  • Victoria Chan Jing Hua – 2006 Laser 4.7 World Championships, France, 7 July 2006
  • Griselda Khng – 2006 Optimist Worlds, Uruguay, 9 January 2007
  • Valerie Chia Ying Ying – 2007 World Byte Championship, Thailand, 8 April 2007
  • Darren Choy Wong Loong – 2009 Byte CII World Championship, Canada, 27 August 2009
  • Darren Choy Wong Loong – 2010 Byte CII World Championship, Finland, 11 April 2010
  • Sherman Cheng Feng Yuan – 2010 420 World Champion, 1 August 2010
  • Cecilia Low Rui Qi and Rachel Lee Qing – 2012 420 World Championships, Austria, 5 August 2012
  • Denise Lim Ke Xin – 2015 ISAF World Cup, Qingdao, China, 20 September 2015

Major Games Representation

2016 – 31st Olympic Games (Rio, Brazil): Denise Lim Ke Xin (Nacra 17), Griselda Khng (Women's 49er FX), Jovina Choo Bei Fen (Women's 470)

2015 – 28th Southeast Asian Games (Singapore): Daniella Ng Hui Min (Gold Medals – Women's Fleet Racing Keelboat, Women's Match Racing Keelboat), Darren Choy Wong Loong (Gold Medal – Men's 470), Griselda Khng (Gold Medal – Women's Skiff 49er FX), Jovina Choo Bei Fen (Gold Medals – Women's Fleet Racing Keelboat, Women's Match Racing Keelboat), Scott Glen Sydney (Silver Medal – Men's Team Racing Laser Standard), Victoria Chan Jing Hua (Silver Medals – Women's Laser Radial (Individual), Women's Team Racing Laser Radial)

2014 – 17th Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea): Andrew Paul Chan (Gold Medal – Men’s J80 Match Racing), Cecilia Low Rui Qi (Silver Medal – Women’s 29er Class)

2013 – 27th Southeast Asian Games (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar): Cecilia Low Rui Qi (Gold Medal – Women’s 470 Class), Darren Choy Wong Loong (Bronze Medal – Men’s 470 Class), Joel Pang Wen Jie (Bronze Medal – Men’s 470 Class)

2011 – 26th Southeast Asian Games (Jakarta, Indonesia): Victoria Chan Jing Hua (Gold Medal – Women’s Laser Radial)

2010 – 16th Asian Games (Guangzhou, China): Cecilia Low Rui Qi (Gold Medal – Women’s 420 Class), Rachel Lee Qing (Gold Medal – Women’s 420 Class), Scott Glen Sydney (Bronze Medal – Men’s Laser Radial), Sherman Cheng Feng Yuan (Gold Medal – Men’s 420 Class)

2010 – 1st Youth Olympic Games (Singapore): Darren Choy Wong Loong

2010 – Byte CII World Championship (Cannes, France): Darren Choy Wong Loong (Gold Medal – Byte CII Men)

2009 – 1st Asian Youth Games (Singapore): Darren Choy Wong Loong (Gold Medal – Men’s Byte CII)

2009 – Byte CII World Championship (Ontario, Canada): Darren Choy Wong Loong (Gold Medal – Byte CII)

2008 – IODA World Championship (Izmir, Turkey): Rachel Lee Qing (Silver Medal – Optimist Girls)

2007 – 24th Southeast Asian Games (Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand): Rachel Lee Qing (Gold Medal – Women’s Optimist)

2007 – IODA World Championship (Cagliari, Italy): Rachel Lee Qing (Bronze Medal – Girls Optimist)

2007 – World Byte Championship (Pattaya, Thailand): Valerie Chia Ying Ying (Gold Medal – Women’s Byte)

2006 – 15th Asian Games (Doha, Qatar): Sean Lee Teik Ren (Bronze Medal – Men’s Optimist), Sherman Cheng Feng Yuan (Gold Medal – Men’s 420 Class)

2006 – Laser 4.7 World and European Championship (Hourtin, France): Victoria Chan Jing Hua (Gold Medal – Women’s Laser 4.7)

News

Cecilia Sails Through To Spain
2017 Sailing World Cup Series

Posted: 15 May 2017

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Singapore Sports School alumnus Cecilia Low Rui Qi and partner Kimberly Lim have earned qualification into the third and final leg of the 2017 Sailing World Cup Series in Santander, Spain in June.

The duo finished Leg 2 of the regatta on 30 April 2017 in 9th place in a fleet of 20 boats in the Women’s 49er FX. They beat Japanese pair Chika Hatae and Hiroka Itakura who ranked 10th at the end of the eight-day competition. This achievement ranked them as the top Asian sailor in the second leg of the World Cup Series in Hyeres, France, putting them through to the final leg from 4 to 11 June.

Cecilia and Kimberly have begun their campaign for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Their 9th-place finish in Spain gave them a boost in the World Sailing rankings, moving them up seven positions to World No.15. Fellow alumnus and Rio 2016 Olympian Griselda Khng is in No. 21.

Cecilia, a World Champion in the Women’s 420 Class, entered the SWC Leg 2 after winning the Women’s 49erFX bronze medal at the 48th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR in Spain on 1 April.


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


Living The Rio-l Dream
Road To Rio
 
Gail Chia
Executive, Strategic Communications

Posted: 15 June 2016


Four Singapore Sports School alumni will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016 to compete in the most prestigious amateur competition in the world – the Olympic Games. During the Games from 5 to 21 August, they will pit themselves against some of the world’s best in their sport for a shot at international recognition. Find out how badminton player Liang Xiao Yu (Women’s Singles) and sailors Denise Lim Ke Xin (Nacra 17), Griselda Khng (Women’s 49er FX) and Jovina Choo Bei Fen (Women’s 470) are preparing for the Games.

How do you feel having qualified for your debut Olympic Games in Rio?
DENISE: Excited. It is rare for sailors to be with the rest of the contingent as our competition venue is often far away from the city where most of the sport competitions are at. I’m looking forward to staying in the Athletes’ Village and interacting with top sportsmen from around the world.

GRISELDA: It has been my dream since young to compete at the Olympic Games and do Singapore proud. This campaign towards qualifying for the Olympics has been a crazy adventure with many ups and downs. I'm glad I stuck at it and got through it all with my sailing partner Sara Tan, and I'm really happy with what we’ve achieved as all our hard work is slowly paying off. The mission towards an Olympic medal is still underway and we'll continue pursuing our goal of flying the Singapore flag high at the Games.

JOVINA: It has been quite a journey since I started on my Olympic campaign in November 2015. During this time, I have learnt much from fellow teammates and other international sailors. I am glad that my effort and sacrifices have paid off to earn the nomination from Singapore Sailing Federation. But, I’m not resting on my laurels for there is more to come.

XIAO YU: I feel extremely happy and excited because competing at the Olympic Games is every athlete’s dream. I am very honoured to be representing Singapore at the biggest amateur competition in the world. 


How is your preparation for the Olympics going?
DENISE: My partner Justin Liu and I have been following our training and competition plans closely and our journey has been smooth sailing. We are currently ranked No. 23 in the world, up four spots from April 2016. We are now on our last stint in Rio for our acclimatisation phase and final preparation before the Games begin.

GRISELDA: Sara and I have been ticking all our boxes one by one to ensure we are prepared in all aspects: Physically, technically, tactically, nutritionally and most importantly mentally. We believe that when the playing field is equal, it is those who are stronger mentally who will rise above the competition – and that's what we’re aiming for.

JOVINA: Preparation is going well. My coach, partner Amanda Ng and I have worked out a plan to ensure that our training is as effective as possible with the resources we have. I am now back in Singapore to train with sparring partners and will be heading to Rio at the end of June for our last training phase to familiarise ourselves with the conditions in Rio before the Games begin.

XIAO YU: To maximise my preparation for the Olympics, the duration of my training sessions have lengthened so as to improve my quality of play and technical ability. In my free time, I watch videos of my competitors to analyse their court play to prepare for our future encounters in Rio.


What are you looking forward to at the Olympics?
DENISE: This is my first major Games, so I am looking forward to being part of the Opening Ceremony. I am extremely psyched to be part of Team Singapore.

GRISELDA: I enjoy competing. I have learnt many valuable lessons from over a decade of competition experiences and hope to put them to good use at the Games. I look forward to August when all that Sara and I have been working so hard the last four years for, comes together.

JOVINA: Competing at the Olympics will be a whole different atmosphere as compared to the Southeast Asian Games which I’ve competed in. I’m sure it will be lots of fun living in the Athletes’ Village and having the opportunity to interact with elite athletes from different sports.

XIAO YU: As this is my debut Olympics, I do not know what to expect from the competition. However, having trained and struggled for so long to qualify for the Olympics, I do not wish to have any regrets. Therefore, I hope to be in tip-top condition to give my best shot at the Games. 


What is your goal for the Olympics?
DENISE: My aim this Olympics is to do my best, to widen my experience as an athlete, and of course to have a lot of fun. It’ll be a huge bonus if we manage a top-10 finish.

GRISELDA: I believe that as long as we give our very best, the results will show. We have been preparing to the best of our abilities; all that is left is the execution.

JOVINA: In the lead-up to the Games, Amanda and I have been working on different aspects of sailing such as our technique and boat speed, tactical approach of racing, as well as preparing ourselves physically and mentally. The goal is to be able to put all these components together to obtain the best results possible at the Games.

XIAO YU: Every athlete’s greatest desire is to medal at the Olympics and fly their country’s flag high. I hope to do my best in every game, focusing on winning one point at a time.


If you could take something from Singapore along to Rio, what would you bring?
DENISE: My pillow. It’s important that I get sufficient sleep and am well-rested to be able to race my best.

GRISELDA: Food! Singapore has the best food ever. I’m sure I’ll miss it when I’m in Rio.

JOVINA: Definitely food! A friend told me that peanut butter isn’t sold in Brazil, so I am bringing a jar of that for sure. Other comfort food I usually bring for trips, and likewise to Rio, are packet noodles, instant miso soup paste and dried mango, to name a few.

XIAO YU: I want to bring the Singapore flag because that is the country I’m representing. I hope to get the opportunity to use it when I win the competition.


What would you like to say to Singaporeans?
DENISE: Our friends and families are extremely supportive of us. For that, I’m grateful. To my fellow Singaporeans, please continue supporting us Team Singapore athletes as we enter the last few months of our Rio journey.

GRISELDA: I want to thank everyone who has supported me all these years: Our government, Singapore Sailing Federation, our coach Fernando Alegre, and my parents and friends for believing in me and for always being there to offer their wisdom, guidance and encouragement. It has been tough, but I am where I am today because of the support I’ve received from everyone. I can’t be more grateful.

JOVINA: I am fortunate that my family has always supported me in sailing. I have benefited greatly from their unfailing support and would like to urge all parents to encourage their children to pursue their passion. Also, to all athletes, never give up chasing your dreams.

XIAO YU: The Team Singapore athletes have worked so hard and made many sacrifices to represent Singapore at the Olympics. Your continued support will spur us on as we enter the last two months before the Games begins. Our current success would not have been possible without the support and encouragement from family, friends and fans. Therefore, everyone’s support is treasured because we couldn’t have done it without you.

I am a grateful beneficiary of the support from the sport fraternity. Through Singapore Sports School’s School-Within-A-School programme, I was able to travel frequently to gain competition exposure without foregoing my studies. At Sports School, I was given the best environment to train and study in. I blossomed under the care from staff, especially the coaching team who gave advise readily to improve my game.

A big “thank you” too, to Singapore Sport Institute for the spexScholarship, Singapore National Olympic Council for the opportunity to represent Singapore at multiple major Games and Singapore Badminton Association for training and competition support. 


Griselda, Denise And Jovina Secure Spots To 2016 Rio Olympics
2016 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta 
2016 470 Open European Championships

Colin Ng
Executive, Strategic Communications

Posted: 15 April 2016

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Anyone who enters Singapore Sports School will not miss the large mural by the water feature. A source of pride and joy, it features the four Olympians that the 12-year-old Sports School has produced – sprinter Calvin Kang Li Loong, hurdler Dipna Lim Prasad and swimmers Mylene Ong Chui Bin and Tao Li.

Calvin and Tao Li competed in Beijing 2008; in London 2012, Tao Li represented Singapore once again, alongside debutants Dipna and Mylene.

That picture will soon need to be updated after three sailing alumni confirmed their spots at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Sailors  Denise Lim Ke Xin,   Griselda Khng and Jovina Choo Bei Fen are heading to Brazil after the Singapore Sailing Federation nominated them and their partners.

Griselda secured her place after teaming with Sara Tan in the Women’s 49erFX class to finish 11th at the 2016 Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta from 25 March to 2 April in Spain. They finished nine places ahead of fellow alumnus Cecilia Low Rui Qi and her partner, Kimberly Lim.

Denise also secured her ticket when she and Justin Lim finished 20th in the mixed gender Nacra 17 event at the same regatta. The World No. 27-ranked pair had also clinched gold at the Qingdao leg of the International Sailing Federation World Cup in September last year.

Jovina will join them after partnering Amanda Ng in the Women’s 470 class to place 49th at the 470 Open European Championships from 5 to 12 April 2016.

With Scott Glen Sydney (Laser Standard) also campaigning for the August Games, Sports School might just need to find a second wall to display all its Olympians.


Sailors Firsts
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup

Posted: 25 September 2015

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Singapore Sports School alumnus Denise Lim Ke Xin (centre) and partner Justin Liu won Singapore's  first ISAF World Cup gold medal  on 20 September 2015. Picture via Facebook.

Singapore Sports School alumnus Denise Lim Ke Xin won Singapore’s first ISAF World Cup gold medal when she and partner Justin Liu sailed to a golden finish in the Nacra 17 on 20 September 2015, securing a spot for Singapore at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup in Qingdao, China was the pair’s last chance to qualify for the Olympic Games in the Nacra 17, a new mixed gender boat set to make its debut at the 2016 Olympics. Denise and Justin had failed to earn their spot at the Olympics just two months before at the 2015 Nacra 17 World Championship.

Going into the medal race with a 14-point lead over their closest rival, Denise and Justin pipped Japanese duo Hiroki Goto and Wakako Tabata to the finishing line by merely 51s, guaranteeing their overall first place finish in a 10-boat fleet. The Singaporeans won 10 out of all 13 races, finishing the competition with a total of 16 points. China and Hongkong came in second and third with 34 and 45 points respectively.

With their World Cup gold medal win, the pair also earned an invitation to the World Cup final in Abu Dhabi from 27 October to 1 November. The highest-ranked Asian team climbed 12 spots to No. 30 in the world ranking, while next best Asian team Japan sits in No. 37.

Pictures from ISAF and SNOC via Facebook.


July Jubilation

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Singapore Sports School alumni brought in one piece of good news after another in the month of July.

On 21 July 2015, Isabelle Li Siyun was awarded the Public Service Commission Scholarship to study Liberal Arts at Yale-NUS College. Then, on 31 July 2015, Joel Pang Wen Jie graduated from Nanyang Technological University amongst the top of his cohort with two awards – the Koh Boon Hwee Award and the Bachelor of Sport Science and Management Gold Medal. 

The Koh Boon Hwee Award, formerly known as the University Scholars Award, recognises the achievement of graduating students while honouring teachers and faculty members who have been an inspiration to them.

“It’s truly an honour for me to receive the Koh Boon Hwee Award. I’m thankful for this platform to acknowledge the mentors that I have met along my life journey who have played a significant role in guiding and moulding me into the person I am today. My teachers in Singapore Sports School have all played a part in my development as a person. If I could, I would have nominated every teacher and staff who had been a part of my secondary school education,” said Joel.

“However, Mr Raymond Mak is one teacher who stood above the rest throughout my five years as a secondary and post-secondary student-athlete in the Sports School, and even as a university undergraduate. He played many roles: Science teacher, Boarding School mentor, teacher-in-charge of the Student’s Council, of which I was a member of from 2004 to 2006. He not only delivered Science lessons, he played an integral role in developing me as a student-athlete leader and as a person.

“What was I treasure most was his constant concern for his students. He would always try to find time to catch up with his students – no matter how busy his schedule was as Assistant Director of Academics – to guide them through challenges were facing even after they had graduated from the Sports School.”

The 25-year-old national sailor, who is a recipient of the Singapore Sports Council Scholarship (renamed Sport Singapore Scholarship) also graduated among the top of his cohort, receiving the Sports Science and Management Gold Medal, awarded to outstanding or top graduands. He is currently serving his SportSG bond as an Associate Sport Physiologist with the Singapore Sports Institute.

Isabelle is the only recipient from a polytechnic to win the PSC Scholarship this year, and only the eighth in the past three years. The 20-year-old national table tennis player is also the first PSC Scholarship recipient from Republic Polytechnic.

“I couldn’t have made it this far on my own. I’ve got a great family to thank for supporting me in my pursuit of excellence in sports and studies concurrently, especially my mum who would bring meals to the Sports School for me during my polytechnic days so that I didn’t have to sit through afternoon lessons hungry following training in the morning with the national team at Toa Payoh Sports Complex,” said Isabelle.
“I fell in love with table tennis when I was about 9 or 10 years old. My coach, Mr Wang Xiaoke, at Chongfu Primary School, pushed me hard enough to challenge me but never overboard to risk me losing interest in the sport. He encouraged me to choose the Sports School as my secondary school. By the time I was in Primary 6, there were several Sports School student-athletes I looked up to – Tan Hui Min, Zena Sim, for example. There was no second thought about which school I wanted to study at.”

For her post-secondary education, Isabelle opted for the through-train pathway leading to Republic Polytechnic’s Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management as the customised programme, delivered by RP’s lecturers at the Sports School, offered the flexibility that allowed her to train and compete overseas to gain international exposure and chalk up world ranking points. Isabelle graduated from RP in May 2014 as its Valedictorian with a 3.98 Grade Point Average. She spent the next 12 months training fulltime in preparation of the Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games where she won a gold medal as part of the Women’s Team.

“My next challenge is going through university and graduating well, while continuing to represent Singapore in table tennis. It will not be easy but there are sportsmen and sportswomen before me who have travelled this path successfully and I look up to them.”

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Isabelle Li Siyun (third from right) is the second Singapore Sports School alumnus to receive the PSC Scholarship.

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Joel Pang Wen Jie (second from right) in conversation with President Tony Tan.


Joel Pays It Forward
Alumni News

Posted: 31 July 2015

Singapore Sports School alumnus Joel Pang Wen Jie graduated from Nanyang Technological University amongst the top of his cohort with two awards – the Koh Boon Hwee Award and the Bachelor of Sport Science and Management Gold Medal.

The Koh Boon Hwee Award, formerly known as the University Scholars Award, recognises the achievement of graduating students while honouring teachers and faculty members who have been an inspiration to them. Recipients are to select one NTU faculty member and one teacher (from a secondary, tertiary or similar institutions) who has contributed to their education. Teachers will then nominate another student to receive the cash grant that comes with the award.

“It’s truly an honour for me to receive the Koh Boon Hwee Award. I’m thankful for this platform to acknowledge the mentors that I have met along my life journey who have played a significant role in guiding and moulding me into the person I am today. My teachers in Singapore Sports School have all played a part in my development as a person. If I could, I would have nominated every teacher and staff who had been a part of my secondary school education,” said Joel.

“However, Mr Raymond Mak is one teacher who stood above the rest throughout my five years as a secondary and post-secondary student-athlete in the Sports School, and even as a university undergraduate. He played many roles: Science teacher, Boarding School mentor, teacher-in-charge of the Student’s Council, of which I was a member of from 2004 to 2006. He not only delivered Science lessons, he played an integral role in developing me as a student-athlete leader and as a person.

“During my time as a Student Council member and President (2005 to 2006), Mr Mak had continually provided me with opportunities to lead through organising events both in the Sports School as well as external activities, such as Staff Day celebrations to National Education events in other schools. Furthermore, the additional seminars and camps I went for allowed me to develop abilities to be a better leader. What was I treasure most was his constant concern for his students. He would always try to find time to catch up with his students – no matter how busy his schedule was as Assistant Director of Academics – to guide them through challenges were facing even after they had graduated from the Sports School.”

The national sailor, who is a recipient of the Singapore Sports Council Scholarship (renamed Sport Singapore Scholarship) also graduated among the top of his cohort, receiving the Sports Science and Management Gold Medal, awarded to outstanding or top graduands. He is currently serving his SportSG bond as an Associate Sports Physiologist with the Singapore Sports Institute.

“To be able to help fellow athletes reach his potential and push those boundaries to be an even more outstanding athlete is one way I can pay forward all that I have benefitted from Sports School and Sport Singapore,” said the Nay Pyi Taw 2013 Southeast Asian Games bronze medallist.

Two other prominent Singapore national athletes who are Sports School alumni also graduated from NTU – bowler Bernice Lim Hui Ying, a debutant at the Singapore 2015 Sea Games, who won the Women’s Trios gold medal, and sailor Victoria Chan Jing Hua, who became the Sports School’s first world champion when she won the Laser 4.7 World Championships in France in 2006, and the Women’s Laser Radial silver medallist at the recent Sea Games.