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Champions For Sports And Champions For Others
Singapore Sports School ROAR Award, Sports Star of the Month (September 2019)
Four Secondary 3 student-athletes, Gerald Teng Woo Kiat (Bowling), Muhammad Hilman Norhisam (Football), Manfred Lim Cong Ying (Shooting) and Clydi Chan (Swimming), displayed high levels of initiative, compassion for others, resilience and excellence in September 2019 which earned them the Singapore Sports School ROAR Award, an award that recognises and motivates Learned Champions With Character.
Gerald and Hilman went the extra miles to care for the well-being of others during the haze season. Both took the initiatives to rally the support from their classmates and pool together sufficient funds to purchase the N95 masks for the school’s support staff that included cleaners, security and maintenance staff.
For Manfred and Clydi, both demonstrated leadership and positivity at the recent Secondary 3 level camp at Outward Bound Lumut (OBM). Manfred did not hesitate extend a helping hand without expecting anything in return, while Clydi was a morale booster. She was humble, approachable and well-loved by those in her watch.
Sports School student-athletes had done equally well in sports with Secondary 4 fencer, Simon Lee Renjie, Secondary 1 paddler Ser Lin Qian, ice skater Trevor Tan Xuxuan and badminton alumna Yeo Jia Min shining in the month of September.
Both Simon and Lin Qian were named Sports Star of the Month for September at the Sports School's Assembly on 3 October. This was awarded in recognition of Simon’s achievement at the Individual and Team Men's Epee events at the Thailand Open from 9 to 13 September where he won silver in both events. For Lin Qian, she was in the Singapore team that won a memorable bronze medal in the 2019 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships held in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia, from 2 to 7 September. Lin Qian also took home the silver medal in the 2019 Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open Cadet Girls’ Singles after a 3-0 defeat to 15-year-old Akae Kaho on 29 September.
Both Jia Min and Trevor needed no further introduction. Jia Min made the headlines for upsetting world no. 1 Akane Yamaguchi in straight sets 21-14, 21-18 at the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland while Trevor defeated powerhouses China and Korea to win the men's Junior B 1,000m title at the Asia Open Short Track Speed Skating Trophy in Kunming, China.
For their outstanding sport achievement, both of them were nominated for the Team Singapore Athlete of the Month for August. Together with two others, student-athlete Koen Pang Yew En (Table Tennis) and alumna Nurul Suhaila Mohamed Saiful (Pencak Silat), Singapore Sports School made up half of the eight nominees for the award. Trevor eventually overcome stiff competition to win the award, while Jia Min was named The Straits Times Star of the Month for August.
Jia Min, Simon and Trevor will be representing Singapore in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games held in the Philippines from 30 November to 11 December.