Singapore Football

Clean sweep for TNP

The New Paper made a clean sweep at the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League Awards Night at the ITE College East yesterday.

Correspondent David Lee won the Mikasa Story of the Year award for his story "Beating cancer is his biggest win", and photojournalist Jeremy Long bagged the Yeo's Picture of the Year award for his photo "Head over heels".

Lee's story, which was published in February, centred on Hougang United coach Amin Nasir's battle with fourth-stage colon cancer.

Lee, who became the first journalist to clinch the Story of the Year award twice after also winning it in 2010, said: "I would like to thank God, the S.League and The New Paper for the award.

"I would like to share the award with coach Amin and I hope he wins his battle against cancer.

"I would also like to dedicate this win to two people who are no longer with me because of the illness - my late dad Lee Yok Sim who died 12 years ago, and a close friend of my mum and I, Candy Lee, who passed away two weeks ago."

Last month, Amin, a 45-year-old former Singapore defender, began the first of 10 chemotherapy cycles. A cycle lasts three weeks and each session takes two hours.

Said Lee: "The way coach Amin has gone through the season shows he is a real fighter.

"I hope he goes on to be successful in his second battle against cancer."

For Long, winning didn't even cross his mind.

He said: "I never thought I'd win this award when I first submitted the photo.

"Nonetheless, I want to thank the S.League for choosing me as the winner and especially TNP for giving me the opportunity to cover S.League games."