SINGAPORE – Quah swimming siblings Zheng Wen and Ting Wen might create historical past on the Singapore Sports activities Awards this month by changing into the primary brother and sister pair to win the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Yr after each earned nominations for his or her achievements final 12 months.
Zheng Wen, 24, must fend off the problem from fellow nominees, veteran billiards world champion Peter Gilchrist – who took house his first Sportsman award in 2014 – and silat exponent Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alauddin.
The swimmer, who’s an undergraduate on the College of California, Berkeley, is gunning for his first Sportsman accolade after making a splash on the SEA Video games within the Philippines final 12 months, the place he was named the Video games’ Most Invaluable Participant for male athletes after bagging six golds and two silvers.
The finalists for the awards have been revealed by the Singapore Nationwide Olympic Council (SNOC) in a press launch on Sunday (Oct 11). Organised by the SNOC and Sport Singapore, and supported by the Tote Board Group, the Sports activities Awards honour probably the most deserving people and groups in sports activities for the 12 months 2019.
This 12 months’s awards on Oct 28 will even see a newcomer topped Sportswoman of the Yr, with the nominees comprising Ting Wen (swimming), Cheyenne Goh (ice skating), Tessa Neo (taking pictures), and Cherie Tan (bowling).
The heroics of the nationwide males’s softball staff additionally earned them a nomination for Group of the Yr (Group Sport) alongside the ladies’s floorball staff. Final 12 months was a breakthrough season for the softball staff, who clinched a first-ever gold medal on the SEA Video games earlier than occurring to compete on the Males’s Softball World Championship for the primary time since 1992.
The nomination got here as a nice shock for former captain Ivan Ng, who retired after the SEA Video games.
The 32-year-old, who had captained the staff for a decade, stated: “It was lucky that we made historical past and that motivated loads of kids, who wish to proceed this legacy. It was nice not only for softball in Singapore however these abroad too as a result of they now assume it is potential to show the tide.
“For myself, it was nice to finish with the historic SEA Video games gold and this nomination is sudden so it is the cherry on prime.”
It was additionally a memorable 12 months for the ladies’s floorball staff, who received Group of the Yr (Group Sport) in 2018, as they efficiently defended their SEA Video games gold medal with a 3-2 win over Thailand within the remaining.
Lower than two weeks later, they have been again in motion on the Ladies’s World Floorball Championship in Neuchatel, Switzerland, the place they completed of their best-ever place of twelfth.
The Straits Occasions’ Muhammad Sazali Abdul Aziz and Rohit Brijnath are among the many 4 nominees for the Most Inspiring Sport Story of the Yr. The opposite two nominees are Chia Han Keong of Yahoo Information Singapore and Justin Kor of the SNOC.
This 12 months’s important awards choice committee was chaired by SNOC president Tan Chuan-Jin and the choice committee for the Sportsboy and Sportsgirl awards was helmed by its vice-president Jessie Phua.
This 12 months’s winners might be introduced at a presentation ceremony on Oct 28, which is able to solely be attended by finalists owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The occasion might be stream lived on SNOC’s Fb web page.
Phua, chairman of the award’s organising committee, stated: “Whereas we’re unable to collect for the awards ceremony this 12 months, it doesn’t suggest we will not nonetheless rejoice the sporting fraternity’s achievements within the final 12 months.
“Our heartiest congratulations to the finalists, and we hope that supporters will tune in on Oct 28 to cheer on the winners.”
Sportsman of the Yr: Peter Edward Gilchrist (Cuesports), Quah Zheng Wen (Swimming), Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alau’ddin (Silat)
Sportswoman of the Yr: Cheyenne Goh (Ice skating), Tessa Neo (Taking pictures), Quah Ting Wen (Swimming), Cherie Tan (Bowling)
Sportsboy of the Yr: Darren Chua (Swimming), Muhammad Hazim Mohd Yusli (Silat), Koen Pang (Desk Tennis)
Sportsgirl of the Yr: Amita Marie Nicolette Berthier (Fencing), Siti Khadijah Mohamed Shahrem (Silat), Quah Jing Wen (Swimming), Arianne Tay (Bowling)
Coach of the Yr: Gao Ning (Desk Tennis), Mulyo Handoyo (Badminton), Kirill Ivanov (Taking pictures), Louise Khng (Floorball), Stephan Widmer (Swimming), Jason Yeong-Nathan (Bowling)
Group of the Yr (Group Sport): floorball ladies’s staff, softball males’s staff
Group of the Yr (Occasion): swimming ladies’s 4x200m freestyle staff (2019 SEA Video games), ice skating males’s staff 3,000m relay staff (2019 SEA Video games), bowling ladies’s staff of 4 (2019 SEA Video games), fencing ladies’s foil staff (2019 SEA Video games), silat males’s inventive staff (2019 SEA Video games), underwater hockey ladies’s staff (2019 SEA Video games)
Sportsboy/Sportsgirl Group of the Yr (Occasion): bowling combined staff (2019 World Junior
Bowling Championships), desk tennis males’s doubles staff (2019 SEA Video games)
Finest Sports activities Occasion of the Yr (Native): OCBC Cycle 2019, Play Inclusive 2019, Normal Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019
Finest Sports activities Occasion of the Yr (Worldwide): FINA Swimming World Cup 2019, HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens 2019, 2019 Worldwide Champions Cup Singapore offered by AIA, Tremendous League Triathlon Singapore
Most Inspiring Sport Story of the Yr: Is Singapore actually a sporting metropolis? by Muhammad Sazali Abdul Aziz (The Straits Occasions), Heroes are discovered on all sorts of wheels by Rohit Brijnath (The Straits Occasions), World champ Constance Lien needs to present again after her second likelihood in sport by Chia Han Keong (Yahoo Information Singapore), Sharpshooter’s 80-year ardour for basketball by Justin Kor (SNOC)
Finest Sports activities Picture of the Yr: Andy Chua, Leandro Ngo, Lim Sau Boon, Lim Weixiang, Kohei Ueno
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