Singapore, 18 November 2013 – The New Paper School Sports Star Award 2013 reached its exciting climax on Nov 18 as hockey and floorball player Jarryl Chan and footballer Sasi Kala Tamang were unveiled as the Boys' and Girls' winners respectively.
The pair were selected by the judging panel as well as via public votes after a five-month search that culminated with an award ceremony held at Bowen Secondary School today, where they each received a trophy, a certificate and $3,000 cash prize. Guest-of-Honour Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, presented the prizes to the winners.
The remaining eight student-athletes in the top 10 finalists received a trophy, a certificate and $500 each. A total of 20 nominees - 10 boys and 10 girls - were in the running for this year's School Sports Star Awards.
Seeking a new challenge, Victoria Junior College floorballer Jarryl, a JC2 student who is on financial assistance, took on hockey this year and scored a valuable late equaliser for his school in the A Division finals, which his school went on to win. He then made it a personal double by helping his school claim the A Division floorball title two weeks later. His achievement was made possible with personal sacrifices and intense training schedules.
Bowen Secondary's football captain Sasi, the daughter of Gurkha inspector Ekraj Tamang, has picked up an individual award every year since she joined her school (Most Valuable Player 2011, Golden Boot 2012, Most Promising Player 2013). The Secondary Three student also displayed her leadership abilities when she brought her teammates to victory in the B Division finals against Woodlands Secondary School, who were the defending champions and the favourite to win.
Described as a "tigress" on the pitch, she works year after year to add new dimensions to her game having evolved from an attacking midfielder into a striker. While she is a Nepalese citizen, Sasi is open to the idea of representing Singapore, the country of her birth, some day and is keen to defend Bowen's title next season.
Raffles Institution A Division girls' football teacher-coach Mr Leong Chee Mun was the recipient of this year’s S Soocelaraj Award. He was selected from a pool of four nominees that included Raffles Institution table tennis teacher-coach Tan Chiew Sern as well as basketball teacher-coaches Toh Lin Sin and Danny Wong from Nanyang Girls' High School and Dunman Secondary School respectively.
Mr Leong stood out from the rest for his approach in taking beginners and coaching them into outstanding student footballers. As the winner, he received a trophy, a certificate and $5,000 cash prize while the other three nominees took home $500 each.
The New Paper School Sports Star Award was launched in 2011 to recognise the best student-athletes in the local school sports scene. The main focus of the award is on the contributions that sportsboys and sportsgirls make to their schools, with sporting achievements considered a bonus. More importantly, the New Paper School Sports Star Award aims to recognise sportsmanship as well.
Raffles Institution’s comeback sailor Jonathan Yeo and Crescent Girls' School softball player Seko Aiko were last year's Boys' and Girls' winners respectively.
Mr. S Murali, Sports Editor of The New Paper, said: "The New Paper is well known for its sports coverage and we are proud to continue honouring the best student-athletes and teacher-coaches in Singapore. Jarryl and Sasi are worthy winners of this year's award while Mr Leong's approach of coaching beginners into champions is very much in the right spirit of the S Soocelaraj Award."
The New Paper School Sports Star Award is sponsored by H-TWO-O while the new S. Soocelaraj Award is presented by the Soilbuild Group.
For more info on the winners, please visit http://www.tnp.sg/sss.
Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E
For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Joelyn Tan
Corporate Communications & CSR
Tel: 6319 1895
About The New Paper
Launched in 1988, The New Paper has pioneered a style of journalism in Singapore that goes for sharp news angles. The second most-read paid English newspaper in Singapore after The Straits Times, The New Paper has a huge following for its sports pages that provide strong sports coverage, especially in soccer news. Now a big part of the Singapore scene, The New Paper strolled into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000, when its annual mass-fitness event, The New Paper Big Walk, was recognised as the largest walk in the world.
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 300 million page views with 20 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, omy.sg and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.
In the radio business, SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.
Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:
· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore.
The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.
For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg