RI paddler and CJC shooter crowned TNP School Sports Stars
Raffles Institution paddler Chia Shing Kee and Catholic Junior College shooter Chua Shin Yoong were named the winners of The New Paper School Sports Star Award 2014 today (Nov 26).
The dup, who took home the boys' and girls' accolades respectively, were picked by a judging panel after a six-month search, which culminated in an awards ceremony at Raffles Institution (RI).
Readers were also invited to vote for their Sports Star picks online.
Shing Kee, 14, 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, but refused to give up table tennis as advised. This year, he led RI's C Division boys' team to a 3-2 win over the Singapore Sports School in the National Schools' final.
PHOTO: The New Paper / Redzwan Kamarudin
Shin Yoong (above), the girls' winner of the TNP School Sports Star Award almost gave up shooting two years ago to try out fencing.
But the student 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.
Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, presented the winners with a trophy, a certificate and a cheque of $3,000 each.
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.