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Commencement Of A New Chapter

Polytechnic Graduation 2022

Having a strong passion for badminton and business, Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan knew that the Diploma in Business Studies (DBS), a customised post-secondary programme offered by Singapore Sports School in collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic, would be the right choice for her to further her education.

Like Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan, paddler Clarence Chew Zhe Yu was also attracted to the polytechnic courses offered by Sports School that allowed him to continue his sport pursuit without compromising his academics. He chose to enrol in the Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management (DSLM)*, which is offered in collaboration with Republic Polytechnic.

In May 2022, Insyirah and Clarence were among 50 post-secondary student-athletes who graduated from the two polytechnic courses.

Paddler Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin is one of the top graduates in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s 2022 graduating batch. She was awarded the Lien Ying Chow Gold Medal and the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Outstanding Achievement Award for achieving excellent results. (Read more)

Other notable student-athletes include Bernice Lim Zhi Rui, Junsuke Kubo, Wesley Koh Eng Keat (all Badminton), Harhys Rizal Gareth Stewart Muhammad Ian Stewart (Football), Fernel Tan Qian Ni (Shooting), Wong Xin Ru, Zhang Wanling (both Table Tennis) and Chan Jun Kai (Wushu). They were part of the contingent that represented Singapore at the 31st SEA Games.

During the course of their studies, they were able to benefit from the bite-sized curriculum and flexible learning structure which enabled them to chase their sporting dreams at a high level while fulfilling their academic aspirations.

Insyirah made her debut at the 2017 SEA Games at 16 years old. She was on the through-train pathway to the polytechnic programme and she could bypass the GCE O-Level examinations and devote more time to badminton. Insyirah got a team bronze medal in Badminton that year, and in the next two editions of the SEA Games. At the latest SEA Games, she also won a bronze medal in Women’s Doubles.

Clarence has also been able to balance both his studies and sports through the athlete-friendly polytechnic diploma programme. He found balance through the extended pathway where he could maximise his time to train and compete regularly without compromising his grades or progress throughout the course. He made history by becoming the first Singapore-born paddler to qualify for the Men’s Singles event at the Tokyo Olympic Games which took place in his final year of studies. He also participated in five editions of SEA Games – 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021 SEA Games, and scooped up a total of 14 medals in the Singles, Doubles and Team events. Clarence was awarded the Moo Soon Chong Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year (for 2021) for his all-rounded achievements.

“Whenever I had to travel for my hectic competition schedules, the lecturers were often giving us extra classes just to ensure we would be on par with the rest, and this made me feel heartened that someone is actually caring about you. The business fundamentals I learnt in the DBS programme have indefinitely broaden my horizons of the business world, and these are skills and knowledge which will benefit me greatly when I step into the business world in the future.”
Fernel Tan Qian Ni (Diploma in Business Studies; Debutant at 2021 SEA Games and won a bronze medal in the Mixed and Women’s 10m Air Rifle Team)

“The classroom environment is motivating and energetic as it is filled with like-minded individuals who want to succeed in both sports and academics. In order to juggle between sports and studies, I have learnt to be independent, resilient and manage my time properly.”
Wesley Koh Eng Keat (Diploma in Sport Management; Debutant at 2021 SEA Games and won a bronze medal in the Badminton Men’s Team event)

“The problem-based learning for each lesson has created a fun and engaging way of understanding various topics. We also learnt through project works which enables us to foster teamwork and closer relationships with our classmates. I am now better equipped with a wider range of knowledge and skillset which will help to better prepare myself in a sports-related career in the future.”
Clarence Chew Zhe Yu (Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management; Olympian at 2020 Tokyo Olympics and medallist at 5 editions of SEA Games)

* The Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management (DSLM) was renamed Diploma in Sport Management (DSPM) in 2019. The Diploma in Business (Sport Management Track) (DBIZ) is currently the sport-related diploma offered at Sports School, in collaboration with Republic Polytechnic, starting from 2020.

Class of 2022 from Polytechnic Diploma Programmes

Diploma in Sport Management (DSPM)

Aidil Nor Amani Norazman
Emily Kek Jia Yi
Goh Wen Zhe
Junsuke Kubo
Mohd Haziq Mohd Yazli
Muhd Hazim Ismail
Ong Xi Qing
Raine Oh Shuqin
Ryan Dayne Phang
Siti Nursuhailah Selamat
Wesley Koh Eng Keat
Zann Oh Shu Yu

Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management (DSLM)

Andre Chong Wei Zer
Arfan Azhar
Chan Jun Kai
Clarence Chew Zhe Yu
Howin Wong Jia Hao
Justin Kuk Zheng Zhong
Mohammad Irfan Qabeel Md Daud
Tan Weixuan
Zhang Wanling

Diploma in Business Studies (DBS)

Aaron Yong Chuan Shen
Ariel Sng Kai Lin
Avryl Tan Ying
Bernice Lim Zhi Rui
Brandon Norton
Cecilia Ng
Cherlin Sia Jia Yi
Choo Yixuan
Darrion Michael Ng Weng Soong
Fernel Tan Qian Ni
Harhys Rizal Gareth Stewart Muhammad Ian Stewart
James Xuan-Xin Ng
Janell Tan Hui Ru
Jassy Tan Li Lin
Julia Lum
Justyn Sim Yi Ming
Lee Zhi Yuan
Nur Insyirah Khan Abdul Hamid Khan
Owen Wong Wen Fei
Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin
Quek Lu Yi
Sean Loh Jinheng
Sherlynn Yen Chin
Tee Zong Ren
Ting Hock Yu
Toh Han Zhuo
Wong Xin Ru
Xavier Teo Jun Hao
Gerald Yu Zong Jun

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