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Top Achievers Recognised at Awards Night

18th Awards Night 2022

Paddlers Izaac Quek Yong, Zhou Jingyi, Clarence Chew Zhe Yu and Wong Xin Ru had a promising start to the new year after they received the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Izaac and Jingyi, who were promoted to the national team in January 2022, won top honours among the Secondary cohort, while Clarence and Xin Ru were recognised with the prestigious award as they topped the list among post-secondary student-athletes.

They received the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award at Singapore Sports School’s 18th Awards Night 2022. The annual Awards Night was held on 26 January 2022. It was graced by Professor Tan Eng Chye, President of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

At the ceremony, Professor Tan pledged his support for national athletes, and alumni of Sports School. He shared that besides giving full sports scholarships, NUS provides financial support for participation in overseas competitions, accords flexibility in academic planning, and provides other forms of support for national athletes. “As Singapore’s flagship university, we want to work alongside our athletes at this critical stage of their sporting careers. NUS is privileged to journey with our student-athletes, as they endeavour to represent Singapore, fly the nation’s flag high, while also, enriching themselves intellectually and holistically through university education,” said Professor Tan during his speech.

Together with Mrs Moo Soon Chong, the wife of the late founding Principal whom the award is named after, Professor Tan witnessed the presentation of the pinnacle award. He also presented the Outstanding Sports Achievement Award to a student-athlete and alumni who represented Singapore at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and medallists at World Championships. In total, there are 11 recipients of the Outstanding Sports Achievement Award.

Clarence, who received both the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award (Post-Secondary) and Outstanding Sports Achievement Award for his participation at the Olympic Games last year, was extremely honoured. It was a special evening for him as his sister Cassandra Chew Jing Wen also received an award for academic excellence. She is one of the top scorers of the GCE O-Level Examinations.

The 2021 Annabel Pennefather Excellence Award and 2021 Tan Howe Liang Excellence Award were also presented to graduating student-athletes who have excelled in sport. Both excellence awards were introduced with effect from 2020 in honour of local sports icons.

Fencer Cheung Kemei and shuttler Jaslyn Hooi Yue Yann received the Annabel Pennefather Excellence Award, while fencer Chan Phu Xien was the recipient of the Tan Howe Liang Excellence Award. The three of them have qualified for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in May.

Jaslyn, who graduated from the Diploma in Business Studies course last year, had an outstanding 2021, which was capped with a win at the Polish International. She said, “Winning (the title) felt really good but thinking back, I am also really happy about the progress that I have made because we are always focusing on something to improve on and when I won, I felt like what I've been doing is right and it motivates me to be better." Jaslyn hopes to win her first individual medal at the upcoming SEA Games, and break into the Top 50 of the world by the end of the year.

Fencer Chan Phu Xien, who also received an Academic Award for being one of the top IBDP graduates, also felt extremely happy. The 44-pointer for IBDP said, “This award acts as both a mark of my achievements as well as a source of motivation to continue doing my best and pursue my sporting aspirations.”, Phu Xien, who is a debutante at the upcoming 31st SEA Games, hopes to learn from the experience and make the best out of it.

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