Bowlers sweep Sportsgirl, Sportswoman and Team of the Year awards
She bags second Sportswoman of the Year crown, Joey lands Sportsgirl accolade
It was a night of smiles for the ladies from Singapore Bowling at the 2016 Singapore Sports Awards yesterday.
Shayna Ng was crowned Sportswoman of the Year, while Joey Yeo claimed the Sportsgirl of the Year prize at the Raffles City Convention Centre.
With guest-of-honour Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and president of the Singapore National Olympic Council, and Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and a who's who of the local sporting fraternity in attendance, Ng, who won gold in the All-Events at the women's world championships last December, was also part of the trio that was named the Team of the Year (event) for the second successive occasion, along with Cherie Tan and New Hui Fen.
For Ng, it was her second individual win after her triumph in 2013 and the 23-year-old said: "The feeling is still the same, it's not like you can get tired of winning such a title.
"We can't always be winning all the time but, with hard work, it's possible to taste success from time to time.
"There's really no secret to winning, but it's just all about learning from your mistakes and training harder to get back to or even better than how you previously were."
Ng held off challenges from reigning Sportswoman of the Year, shooter Jasmine Ser, table tennis star Feng Tianwei and canoeist Stephenie Chen.
Yeo, 18, won gold at the World Bowling Open last July.
"I was really surprised when I found out that I was a finalist for the Sportsgirl award," she said. "I won the world open but this award was never in my mind.
"Of course, winning it feels good.
"To be chosen as the Sportsgirl of the Year over other star youth athletes who have won many prestigious accolades makes it more honourable and memorable."
Yeo sustained an injury in her quadriceps while bowling at the recent Singapore International Open.
She revealed she will be undergoing rehabilitation and hopes to return to the lanes as soon as possible.
Looking forward, she hopes to be part of the SEA Games squad that will do battle in Kuala Lumpur next year.
"We can't predict any medals or anything, but there is one thing that we can promise, and that is to give of our best," said Yeo.
"And we'll put in our heart and soul into our training so that we can do that.
"What we hope to achieve there is to better the previous SEA Games scores for Team Singapore."
The yearly event is organised by the Singapore National Olympic Council and Sport Singapore.