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Celebrating Rising Stars At Awards Day

Awards Day 2024

On 19 February 2024, the Singapore Sports School Auditorium was filled with excited parents, staff and student-athletes for a celebratory afternoon to recognise exemplary student-athletes and alumni for their achievements in 2023. The awards ceremony was graced by Paralympian Sophie Soon.

At the Awards ceremony, 60 student-athletes from the secondary programme and 53 student-athletes from the post-secondary programmes in 2023 received the Sports Achiever Awards. 12 student-athletes who graduated with excellent results in their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, GCE O- or N-Levels received the Outstanding Academic Award. Also, 16 student-athletes who displayed exemplary character in 2023 were recognised for being role model student-athletes.

Abdul Raqib Abdul Razak from the Track and Field Academy received two awards – the Sports Achiever Award (Secondary) and the Edusave Character Award. The first-year Diploma in Business student-athlete expressed his gratitude: “I feel very grateful for everyone who supported me throughout these years I’ve been in Sports School. I would not be able to do it without the help of my family, friends, coaches, General Managers, and the school staff.

“I always keep a quote from my hurdling idol, Grant Holloway, in mind – ‘Practice makes permanent, permanent makes paper.’ I always stick to the plan that has been given to me and make sure always to be consistent in what I do.”

Another double award recipient is alumna Ariana Beh Yoke Ching, who was from the Shooting Academy. Ariana, who received the Outstanding Academic Award and Edusave Character Award, shared, “Receiving two awards for my efforts throughout the IBDP made me feel extremely rewarded as the two years doing the IBDP were arguably the hardest years for me. These awards mean a lot to me and are a comforting reminder to myself that I am capable of doing well.”

During the event, Project Champions’ Way was launched by Guest-of-Honour Sophie Soon, Principal Ong Kim Soon, Mr Kelvin Kwek, Chairman of the Sporting Parents Network, and Nikita Mae Jing-yu Meyers, President of the Student Council. Project Champions Way is part of Sports School's fundraising efforts for the Singapore Disability Sports Council as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations. Student-athletes are encouraged to raise funds by pledging a certain distance over eight weeks as a symbolic commitment. As a school, Sports School pledges to cover 20,000km cumulatively.

Awards Day celebrated achievements and wonderful moments in 2023, and looked ahead to an exciting 2024.  During the speech by Mr Ong, he reflected on the School championing success, holistic development, and togetherness through participation in local and overseas competitions, in-house holistic development programmes and school events in 2023. He said, “…even thousands of words will not capture the experiences, the thrills, the pains and disappointments; the learning, the bonding, and the friendships forged through all that happened in 2023. I am so proud of each of our student-athletes, who applied themselves, put their full commitment into whatever they do, to reap the learning and outcomes that they pursue.” He reminded student-athletes to show appreciation to staff and their loved ones for being their supporters, and encouraged them to continue aspiring to greater heights.

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