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Paddlers Sweep Top Awards for Holistic Achievements

Recipients of 2021 Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award

2021 was an outstanding year for Singapore Sports School’s paddlers Zhou Jingyi, Izaac Quek Yong, Wong Xin Ru and Clarence Chew Zhe Yu. They had the opportunity to travel overseas and compete against the best of the best at international competitions, and performed well.

They were awarded the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, which is presented to student-athletes who excel in both sport and studies, display exemplary conduct and are a role model for their peers

Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year (Secondary)

Zhou Jingyi
Table Tennis

Zhou Jingyi is an all-rounder – an excellent sportsgirl, a good student, and a role model for her peers. She started 2021 on a high by retaining the National Women’s Singles title in STTA National Grand Finale. At the WTT Youth Contender events in Europe, Jingyi won a gold for U17 Girls’ Singles in Szombathely, Hungry; joint 3rd and 2nd place for U17 and U19 Girls’ Singles in Lignano, Italy; and two silver medals in Slovakia, Senec for U17 and 19 Girls’ Singles.

Her best achievement and most memorable experience in 2021 was being part of the National Women’s Team in the Asian Championships. Jingyi, who was the youngest in the team, contributed towards winning a bronze medal at the event. She was recently inducted into the national table tennis team.

Jingyi has also displayed her excellent leadership qualities as a Student Councillor and Sports Captain. She leads by example, and is well-liked among her peers.

Jingyi’s never-say-die attitude and strong focus on her goals are her winning attributes. For being an outstanding student-athlete, Jingyi also received the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year last year. She is currently playing table tennis full-time.

Izaac Quek Yong
Table Tennis, Secondary 4

Izaac Quek Yong is a national paddler to look out for. In April 2021, Izaac was named the World No.1 in Men’s Singles among players under the age of 15, making him the first Singaporean to top the world ranking list. Earlier in the year, Izaac won the Cadet Boys' singles title without conceding a single game at the ITTF Swedish Junior and Cadet Open. He also won the Men’s Doubles title with alumnus Ethan Poh, and finished 3rd in the Men’s Singles at the Singapore Table Tennis Association’s National Grand Finale. In October, Izaac flew the Singapore flag high at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Youth Contender series, where he won a total of 5 medals at the four stops in Europe. He was the title winner for U15 Boys’ Singles in Lignano, Italy, and punched above his weight to clinch a gold medal in U19 Boys’ Singles in Szombathely, Hungary. He also finished 3rd for U15 Boys’ Singles in Wladyslawowo, Poland and Senec, Slovakia. In Hungary, Izaac also came in 3rd in U17 Boys’ Singles. Izaac ended the year with a bang when he won 2 bronze medals in the World Youth Championships held in Portugal. Izaac, who has shown excellent sport performance consistently, was promoted to the national table tennis team in January 2022.

The unassuming young paddler is committed towards excellence. A disciplined and determined individual, Izaac has maintained good grades in school despite his intense training and sporting commitments.

Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year (Post-Secondary)

Clarence Chew Zhe Yu
Table Tennis, Extended Diploma in Sport and Leisure Management


Clarence Chew Zhe Yu made history by becoming the first Singapore-born paddler to qualify for the Men’s Singles event at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. Clarence gave a tough fight against world Top 50 opponents, before bowing out of the Olympic race in the second round.

Clarence has scooped up 10 medals in the Singles, Doubles and Team events at the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions of the SEA Games.

He first represented Singapore in Table Tennis in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. In 2014, he aided his team to make it to the final eight at the World Team Table Tennis Championships. He also bagged the team gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and slid into first place in the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the SEA Table Tennis Championships in 2014 and 2016. After his secondary education, Clarence continued his studies in Singapore Sports School, embarking on the through-train Diploma in Sport and Leisure Management offered jointly with Republic Polytechnic.

Wong Xin Ru
Table Tennis, Extended Diploma in Business Studies

Wong Xin Ru assisted the Women’s Team to qualify for the upcoming World Championships after Singapore finished 3rd in the Asian Championships last year. She also represented Singapore in the World Table Tennis Championships in November 2021 in Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles. While she was knocked out in the first round against a higher-ranking opponent in the Women’s Singles, Xin Ru made it to the second round together with alumna Goi Rui Xuan in the Women’s Doubles event. Earlier in the year, Xin Ru proved that she was one of the top local paddlers after finishing 3rd in the Women’s Singles at STTA National Grand Finale. Xin Ru, who is a bronze medallist at the 2019 SEA Games, has also won several medals in the Commonwealth Championships and Asian Championships.

Xin Ru is pursuing the through-train Diploma in Business Studies programme in Singapore Sports School, offered jointly with Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Despite her hectic schedule of training and competitions, Xin Ru has consistently done well in her Diploma Programme and has achieved an outstanding GPA of 3.9. The near-perfect scorer took up the extended programme to balance her sports and studies, and will be graduating in May 2022.

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