Singapore, 26 November 2014 – The winners of The New Paper School (TNP) Sports Star Award 2014, presented by H-TWO-O, were announced on November 26, with paddler Chia Shing Kee of Raffles Institution and shooter Chua Shin Yoong of Catholic Junior College clinching the boys' and girls' accolades respectively.
The duo were picked by a judging panel after a six-month search which culminated in an awards ceremony at Raffles Institution (RI) today. A public voting exercise was also taken into consideration.
Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information, presented a trophy, a certificate and a cheque of $3,000 to each winner.
Eight other student-athletes nominated in the top 10 received a trophy, a certificate and $500 each. A total of 23 nominees - 10 boys and 13 girls - were shortlisted for the TNP School Sports Star Award.
Raffles Institution (RI) student Chia Shing Kee picked up table tennis from a young age. His table tennis journey came to a halt when he was just 10 - the doctor told him that he could never play the sport again because of a serious hip injury.
He underwent surgery as the doctor prescribed, but refused to give up table tennis as advised. This year, the 14-year-old led RI's C Division boys' team to a 3-2 win over the Singapore Sports School in the National Schools' final.
Chua Shin Yoong, the girls' winner of the TNP School Sports Star Award almost gave up shooting two years ago to try out fencing.
But Shin Yoong decided to stick with the sport and her decision paid off when she set a new National Schools' A Division record in the 10m pistol event last year, her score of 380 bettering the old mark by five points.
The 18-year-old finished fifth in the same discipline this year, but is still determined to make it to the 2015 South-east Asia Games squad.
In addition, the S Soocelaraj Award presented by Soilbuild Group, which honours outstanding teacher-coaches, was also given out at the award ceremony today.
Mr Adrian Tan, recipient of the S Soocelaraj Award, received a certificate, a trophy and a $5,000 cheque for his contributions to Chong Boon Secondary School.
The 35-year-old physical education teacher started the school's volleyball team from scratch when he joined in 2005, forking out his own money for the team's expenses and nurturing at-risk students to excel in the sport.
Mr Roslan Sa'ad, who is the head of department for physical education and coaches football at Shuqun Secondary School, finished runner-up among the six nominees for the S Soocelaraj Award.
The 42-year-old received a certificate, a trophy and a $1,000 cheque.
The New Paper School Sports Star Award was launched in 2011 to recognise the best student-athletes in the local school sports scene.
Victoria Junior College's floorball player Jarryl Chan and Bowen Secondary School footballer Sasi Kala Tamang won the boys' and girls' award respectively last year.
Lim Han Ming, Sports Editor of The New Paper, said: "All our nominees, finalists and winners have displayed positive traits such as leadership, perseverance, discipline and sportsmanship. It's not only the achievements that we are looking for when choosing the winners, but the spirit of industry and endeavour that will put them in good stead for the rest of their sporting careers.
"We hope that, in recognising and rewarding these student-athletes and teacher-coaches, others will be inspired to follow in their footsteps."
For more information on the winners, visit http://www.tnp.sg/sss.
Caption: Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information, seen here with The New Paper School Sports Star Award 2014 student-athlete nominees.
(Left to Right): Chan Zhe Ying, Chia Shing Kee, Muhd Indra Moraga, Siti Shahidah Liaquath Ali, Natalie Soh, Aizat Jufrie, John Christopher, Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Arfynna Shakira Sariman, Alexandra Stewart, Tong Kah Mun and Charlene Ong,
Caption: Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information, seen here with The New Paper School Sports Star Award 2014 S Soocelaraj Award finalists.
(Left to right) Vincent Quek, Adrian Tan, Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lim Yao Xiang, and Roslan Sa'ad.
Caption: Chia Shing Kee, boys' winner of The New Paper School (TNP) Sports Star Award 2014
Caption: Adrian Tan, recipient of the S Soocelaraj Award
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