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Brave Shuttlers On the Courts
Brave Sword Badminton Series 2022
Current student-athletes in the Badminton Academy are following the footsteps of their predecessors, many of whom have been in the limelight recently by winning international competitions. At the Brave Sword Badminton Series 2022, they showed their immense potential and fighting spirit to sweep most of the titles on offer. The inaugural competition was held over three days from 18 to 20 February 2022 at Singapore Expo.
The Sports School team dominated the competition by clinching four titles out of the seven on offer. They are in U15 Girls Singles, U15 Boys Singles, U17 Boys Singles and Women’s Doubles.
The youngest champion among the team was Secondary 1 student-athlete Sophie Aleena Likwan, who won the U15 Girls’ Singles title. The St. Anthony’s Canossian Primary School alumna won the U15 title in the first competition that she participated in since joining Sports School about two months ago. She enrolled into Sports School to follow the footsteps of her role model, Yeo Jia Min, an Olympian and alumna from the School. “I am very happy that I achieved my target. I joined Sports School because I wanted to be like Yeo Jia Min, and this is a good motivation for me. Winning makes me want to train even harder. I know I have a lot to learn in badminton and I hope I can perform well in my next competitions,” she shared.
Tee Kai Ze (Secondary 2) and Chua Min Han (Secondary 4) were also champions in the U15 Boys’ Singles and U17 Boys’ Singles respectively. Min Han is the only competitor from Sports School that walked home with medals in two different colours. He also came in 2nd in the U19 Boys’ Singles.
Sabrina Lee Jingyi (IBDP Year 6) and Lim Su Qi (Diploma in Business, Year 2) who paired up for the first time, won the Women’s Doubles title. Su Qi was especially over-the-moon about winning the title as this was her first gold-medal win. With little competition experience recently due to COVID-19 and injuries, Su Qi was doubtful if she could live up to her expectations. She expressed her happiness of bagging her first title: “It felt surreal and fulfilling to win this tournament. Although this may not be a big tournament, it is nevertheless a significant milestone for me. Before this, I actually thought that I would never be able to break through to win a final, especially with my injuries that caused me to miss out on much-needed competition experience. This victory reminds me to work even harder and to have self-belief."
U15 Girls' Singles
1st - Sophie Aleena Likwan (Secondary 1)
U15 Boys' Singles
1st -Tee Kai Ze (Secondary 2)
U17 Girls' Singles
2nd - Heng Xiao En (Secondary 4)
U17 Boys' Singles
1st- Chua Minhan (Secondary 4)
3rd - Justin Tay Ron Hsien (Secondary 3)
U19 Boys' Singles
2nd - Chua Minhan
1st - Marcus Tan Zhuo Li (Alumnus) with partner Kriston Choo
1st - Sabrina Lee Jingyi (IBDP Year 6) / Lim Su Qi (Diploma in Business, Year 2)