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Tan Howe Liang Excellence Award

Chan Jun Kai

Chan Jun Kai won two medals at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2022 – his best achievement yet in his sporting career. He first won a bronze medal in Men's Taijiquan, before securing Wushu’s first gold medal in Men's Taijijian. “Winning gold for the Men’s Taijijian definitely felt surreal as it was something I was dreaming about since I started competing internationally,” shared Jun Kai on his SEA Games performance.

Jun Kai transferred to Singapore Sports School from Chung Cheng High when he was in Secondary 3 to take advantage of the School’s athlete-friendly support. He was Sports School’s first Wushu student-athlete, and his success in balancing sports and studies has attracted more Wushu student-athletes to join the School. He also represented Singapore at the SEA Games in 2017. He won a bronze medal for Men’s Optional Taijijian then.

In 2022, Jun Kai also graduated from the Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management course that was previously offered jointly with Republic Polytechnic. Though he is currently doing his national service, he trains during his free time, and he hopes to represent Singapore at the upcoming SEA Games and the Asian Games in 2023.

Besides the Tan Howe Liang Excellence Award, Jun Kai also received the Outstanding Sport Achievement Award.

Joel Chiu Ka Jyn

In 2022, national fencer Joel Chiu Ka Jyn qualified for the Southeast Asian Games for the first time and headed to Hanoi, Vietnam, to represent Singapore in the team event. Joel had a memorable first outing at the SEA Games as he returned with a gold medal for the Men’s Foil team.

He also did well in several local competitions such as the National School Games, Pesta Sukan Junior Challenge, Singapore Junior Nationals and Singapore Senior Challenge, where he was garlanded with medals, and participated in international competitions such as the World Championship Senior, Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships.

Despite a packed year with sporting action, Joel graduated with flying colours from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). He scored more than 40 points out of a maximum of 45 points.

Joel was on the Extended IBDP programme, which allowed him greater flexibility to plan his academic schedule according to his sporting commitments to complete the course in three years instead of the usual two years. He believes that his decision to extend the completion of the programme has enabled him to score well in sports and studies.

Joel enlisted for National Service in January. He intends to continue Fencing and aims to hit more milestones in his sporting career. He shared, “I just love the sport that I do and I am always eager to learn and try out new things. In my opinion, surrounding oneself with people that are willing to help and guide you, plays a big role in improving and excelling in your respective profession. Personally, I want to medal at the Asian Championships and possibly qualify for the Olympics.”

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