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Outstanding Role Models Receive Pinnacle Award

Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award

Secondary Level

Nur Shaqira Sheik Alau’ddin
Individual Programme - Pencak Silat

Hailing from a family of Pencak Silat exponents, it was a natural choice for Nur Shaqira Sheik Alau’ddin to follow in their footsteps and pursue the sport. Pencak silat runs in the blood as all five siblings have been associated with the sport in some capacity, and her father is a Singapore Silat legend and CEO of the Singapore Silat Federation. Naturally, she was exposed to Pencak Silat at a very young age as she followed her older siblings to training sessions by her father. She saw her older siblings making achievements in the sport, which fuelled her drive to excel and make her mark in Pencak Silat.

She was a step towards her dream as she headed to the 19th World Pencak Silat Championship in 2022. It was also her first experience at a major Game. Though Shaqira was up against an elite athlete and a four-time World Champion, she was unfazed by the challenge and fought confidently. Shaqira finished with a bronze medal in Women's Tanding Class F (70-75kg). Shaqira is the youngest Singaporean female competitor and medallist at the World Championship.

She also made it to the podium at international competitions, such as winning a bronze at the Asian Pencak Silat Championship and a silver at the SEA Pencak Silat Championships. She also won gold in the local Tertiary Silat Championships.

In the short term, Shaqira hopes to maintain finishing in the top three spots at international competitions. Besides winning major Games, she also hopes to become a full-time athlete and spexScholar.

Shaqira also believes in giving back to the community during her free time. She gets involved when presented the opportunity to serve the community. For example, she gave porridge to residents in Geylang during the fasting month last year with her brother and other athletes.

Aniq ‘Asri Mohammad Yazid
Individual Programme - Pencak Silat

Aniq ‘Asri Mohammad Yazid created history by being the youngest Pencak Silat World Champion in 2022. He won the gold medal in the Men’s Tanding Class B (50-55kg) at the 19th Pencak Silat World Championship 2022, in a match against the reigning Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Champion. Though he faced immense pressure because of the homeground support for his opponent and nursed a knee injury, Aniq’s tenacity and resilience kept him going to fight for the title.

He also won gold in the 2022 Penang Open Silat Championships, silver at the 2022 SEA Pencak Silat Championships, and participated in the 31st SEA Games. He has also had several other podium finishes at local competitions. He started the sport when he was about four years old when he followed his sisters to the training ground in the community centre near their house. He joined Singapore Sports School because he wanted to excel in sports and studies.

Aniq is currently in the first year of his Diploma in Business programme, which is jointly offered by Singapore Sports School and Republic Polytechnic. He hopes to achieve medals at the upcoming SEA Games and World Championship.

He is determined to live by his motto: ‘Fly high, Stay Grounded’. He wants to remain humble, determined, respectful and a hardworking person. In his free time, he does charity work with his family and has volunteered to help at events through his National Sports Association. He is looking forward to doing more community work and giving back to society in the future.

Aniq received the most number of awards at Awards Night as was also awarded the MOE Edusave Character Award and Outstanding Sport Achievement Award.

Post-Secondary Level

Wong Xin Ru
Table Tennis

Paddler Wong Xin Ru is a role-model student-athlete who has excelled in sports and studies. She made her mark in 2022 with gold-medal achievements in major Games. At the 31st Southeast Asian Games, Xin Ru won gold for the Mixed Doubles event and a silver in the Women’s team event. She later returned home from the 22nd Commonwealth Games with a gleaming gold medal for the Women’s Team event. She has also represented Singapore in several other international competitions including the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships, where the Women’s Team finished in top 8.

Xin Ru, who picked up the table tennis racquet at just eight years old, joined Singapore Sports School in 2014 as she believed the School had the best environment and support system to help her reach greater heights and maximise her potential. She continued her studies in the through-train Diploma in Business Studies programme offered in collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She took up the Extended Programme to better balance sports and studies, and she successfully did so. After eight years as a Sports School student-athlete, Xin Ru graduated in 2022 with excellent results. Xin Ru graduated amongst the top in her cohort, receiving a Diploma in Merit for getting an outstanding Grade Point Average.

For being a role-model, Xin Ru also received the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year award for 2021. She is currently a full-time national athlete.

Maximillian Ang Wei

2022 was a breakthrough year for swimmer Maximillian Ang Wei, the most decorated student-athlete in the Team Singapore contingent at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

He had his first SEA Games experience in 2019 in the Philippines where he won a bronze medal and broke the National Record for 200m Breaststroke. Since his debut, Max continued to grow from strength to strength, and even during the pandemic, he bettered his own national record a few times in the 200m Breaststroke.

At the 31st SEA Games, Maximillian created history as he touched the wall first in 2:11.93 in his pet event, making him the first-ever Singaporean to win the 200m Breaststroke. He also smashed the SEA Games and national record with outstanding timing. He won another gold in the 4 by 100m medley relay with teammates Joseph Schooling, Quah Zheng Wen and Jonathan Tan. Maximillian also brought home a silver and a new national record for 100m Breaststroke, and a bronze each for 50m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley. Besides winning medals, Maximillian achieved two personal best timings at the Games.

He also represented Singapore at the 22nd Commonwealth Games, where he unlocked three personal best timings in the Men’s 50m and 100m Breaststroke events. Maximillian smashed three national records in Breastroke events in the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). He has also consistently won gold at local national age-group competitions.

Despite his heavy sporting commitments, Maximillian has maintained a good Grade Point Average for his Diploma in Sport and Leisure Management programme, a through-train programme that is offered jointly with Republic Polytechnic. He took up the Extended Programme, an athlete-friendly provision that enables him to complete his diploma programme over a longer duration to be able to juggle sports and studies, and completed the Diploma Programme in 2022. He is currently training full-time to prepare for major Games such as the 2023 SEA Games and Asian Games.

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