Singapore, 6 November 2012 – The New Paper is proud to announce the winners of The New Paper School Sports Star Award 2012.
A total of 28 nominees - 16 boys and 12 girls - were in the running for this year's awards, presented by H-TWO-O.
Based on online voting and deliberation from a judging panel, sailor Jonathan Yeo, 16, of Raffles Institution emerged as the boys' winner and Seko Aiko, 16, from Crescent Girls' School was picked as the girls' winner.
They each will receive a trophy, a certificate and $3,000 from Guest-of-Honour, Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at an award ceremony at Crescent Girls' School on 8 November.
The other eight student-athletes nominated in the top 10 will receive a certificate and $500 each.
Jonathan showed grit and determination to recover from a horrific cycling accident last year to win the National Schools 'B' Division Byte class title five months later, even though doctors warned that he might lose the use of his legs in the future.
The Secondary Four student has since returned to sailing the two-crew 420 class dinghy and is continuing his rehabilitation programme.
Nicknamed Samuraiko by her teammates, Seko earned the winning point to help her softball team clinch the 'B' Division title this year. The Secondary Four student's competitive spirit and inspirational character saw her come out tops in a pool of outstanding female finalists.
The New Paper School Sports Star Award was established in 2011 to recognise the best student-athletes in the local school sports scene.
The main focus of this 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 would like to recognise sportsmanship as well.
Hwa Chong Institution hurdler Timothee Yap was the boys’ winner for the inaugural award last year while Teck Whye Secondary School floorball player Syasya Rifqah was crowned the girls’ winner.
Mr. Dominic Nathan, Editor of The New Paper, said: "The New Paper is synonymous with football and sports and it is only natural that we come up with an award to recognise and nurture the next generation of local sportsmen and sportswomen. Besides a winning mentality, more importantly, we hope to instil in them the spirit of sportsmanship."
Starting this year, The New Paper will also give out the S. Soocelaraj Award presented by Soilbuild Group to teacher-coaches who are a great inspiration to the student-athletes.
The inaugural winner is Victoria School teacher Sheikha Fadzleen, who trained her school's cross-country team even when she was pregnant with her first child. The first and second runners-up are football coach Joerg Tan of Greenridge Secondary School and softball coach Goh Yong Hang of River Valley High School respectively.
Ms Sheikha will receive a trophy, a certificate and $5,000 while Mr Tan and Mr Goh will take home $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
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.
We cordially invite you and your photographer / videographer to cover The New Paper School Sports Star Award Ceremony 2012.
Date: 8 Nov, Thursday
Media registration: 9.30am
Start of ceremony: 10am
Venue: Crescent Girls' School Performing Arts Theatrette (357 Tanglin Road)
Guest-of-Honour: Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education
To RSVP, please contact Gary Yeo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6319 1225 latest byWednesday, 7 Nov, 4pm.
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