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A Dazzling Night To Honour The Best Of 2022

19th Awards Night 2023

It was a night of glitz and glamour on 14 February 2023 as Singapore Sports School celebrated its 19th Awards Night 2023. It was the first awards celebration for many current student-athletes since it has been three years since a full-scale, physical Awards Night has been held. The annual event honours outstanding past and present student-athletes who have excelled in sports, studies or in character. It is a much-awaited event in the School’s calendar as student-athletes dress in their best, and alumni return to their alma mater to celebrate their achievements. This year, awards were given out in six categories.

Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law was the Guest-of-Honour at the Awards Night. During his speech, Minister highlighted Sports School’s role in supporting student-athletes academic aspirations and high-performance sports development, and grooming Learned Champions With Character. He also presented the Outstanding Sports Achievement Award, which was given to 39 recipients who won gold at the 31st Southeast Asian Games, won medals at the 22nd Commonwealth Games or returned with medals from World Championships. He also presented the pinnacle Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Awards, together with the wife of the founding Principal Mrs Moo Soon Chong. The recipients of the Award are Nur Shaqira Sheik Alau’ddin and Aniq ‘Asri Mohammad Yazid (both Pencak Silat) for the Secondary level, and Wong Xin Ru (Table Tennis) and Maximillian Ang Wei (Swimming) for the Post-Secondary level.

Other key awards that were presented were the Annabel Pennefather Excellence Award and Tan Howe Liang Excellence Award which are given to graduating student-athletes in 2022 who are good role-models and have shown their commitment to pursue sport. Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan (Badminton) and Fernel Tan Qian Ni (Shooting) received the award from the late Annabel Pennefather’s daughter, Ms Vanesssa Ess. The recipients of the Tan Howe Liang Excellence Award are Chan Jun Kai (Wushu) and Joel Chiu Ka Jyn (Fencing). Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Board of Directors from Singapore Olympic Foundation presented the awards to them.

Also, MOE Edusave Character Awards and Academic Awards were presented to top scorers for the 2022 GCE N-Level, GCE O-Level, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme examinations.

Pencak Silat exponent Aniq ‘Asri was the biggest award winner of the night. He won the most number of awards – the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award (Secondary), Outstanding Sports Achievement Award, and MOE Edusave Character Award. In 2022, he created history by becoming the youngest Pencak Silat World Champion at 17 years old. On receiving multiple awards, Aniq shared, “I am very happy and honoured to be recognised with awards. I could not have done it without the support of family, friends, Sports School and the Singapore Silat Federation.”

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