Edited by Caroline Qwek
Sportsgirl of the Year Janine Khoo (Equestrian) and Sportsboy of the Year Muhhamad Jari Goh (Bowling) posing with their trophies. Photos: Lim Sau Boon/SportSG
It was a surprising win for bowler Muhammad Jaris Goh Bin Alli Akbar Goh, who won Sportsboy of the Year at last Saturday’s Singapore Sports Awards.
Held in Orchard Hotel at 7pm, the ceremony recognizes the achievements made by sportsmen and sportswomen locally, regionally, and internationally. Over 50 young athletes were given meritorious awards which were presented by the Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, Mr Teo Chee Hean, who was also the Guest-of-Honour at the event.
Jaris was happy to win the esteemed award, but expressed his surprise over winning it; he had expected Loh Jia Yi to be named as Sportsboy of the Year. “Because he’s (Loh) the world champion, so I really expected him to win.”
At 19, he has already had his fair share of achievements. He won silver in last year’s Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships, and was in 3rd place in the Masters event at the Singapore National Championships.
Jaris deferred school for a year to train for his future competitions: the Macau Open in June, the Asian Games in September, and the World Tenpin Bowling Championships in December.
Preparations for the overseas competitions have also changed for Jaris. “Like now, training has increased to 5 times a week, and in that week we have gym as well, like Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. And now training has from 2 hours for bowling (has) increased to 3 hours.”
The aspiring bowling champion has been playing the sport since the age of nine, crediting his father as his source of inspiration. “He (his father) was the one who introduced me bowling, so that’s how I started...I started in primary three, when in primary school you had to choose a CCA (Co-Curricular Activity) when you’re in primary three? So I chose bowling.”
“It caught my heart, actually. There were other sports like golf and badminton...it’s fun but it didn’t catch my heart.”
Sportswomen of the Year Shayna Ng (Bowling) and Sportsman of the Year Peter Gilchrist (Cuesports) kissing their hard-earned trophies.
Other winners include Peter Gilchrist who edged out swimmer Joseph Schooling to win Sportman of the year, bowler Shayna Ng who clinched the Sportswoman of the year award.
Equestrian athlete Janine Khoo, who was thrown off her horse just two months before SEA Games 2013, was named Sportsgirl of the year for her extraordinary resilience. After recovering from the accident, she went on to clinch the Gold in Equestrian individual show, Singapore's first in 30 years.
Full list of winners:
Best Sports Event of the Year (Local): DBS Marina Regatta 2013
Best Sports Event of the Year (International): OCBC Cycle Singapore 2013
Most Inspiring Sports Story of the Year: “Navy Man’s 1.67m Dream” by Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY
Team of the Year (Event): Kimberly Lim Min and Savannah Siew Kiah Hui (Sailing, 420 Women’s Team – 420 World Championship)
Team of the Year (Team Sport): National Water Polo Men’s Team (above)
Coach of the Year: Balazs Babella (Canoeing)
Sportsgirl of the Year: Janine Khoo Su Pheng (Equestrian)
Sportsboy of the Year: Muhammad Jaris Goh Bin Ali Akbar Goh (Bowling)
Sportswoman of the Year: Shayna Ng Lin Zhi (Bowling)
Sportsman of the Year: Peter Edward Gilchrist (Cuesports)
Sportsboy/Sportsgirl Team of the Year (Event): Optimist World Championship Team (Loh Jia Yi, Edward Tan Yi Zhu, Koh Yi Kun, Bertha Han Jing, Fathin Rasyiqin Bte Mohd Firdaus)