TeamSG bowler Shayna Ng (second from right) was named Sportswoman of the Year for the second time. Award presented by Tote Board CEO Mr Fong Yong Kian (first from left), Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (second from left) and Minister Grace Fu (first from right). Photo: Sport Singapore
Team Singapore swimmers Joseph Isaac Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen won Sportsman and Sportsboy of the Year awards respectively with coach Sergio Lopez Miro taking Coach of the Year.
Our women’s bowling team were, however, not to be outdone, sweeping three of the awards – Shayna Ng was named Sportswoman of the Year, Joey Yeo the Sportsgirl of the Year and trio Cherie Tan, New Hui Fen and Shayna Ng took him the Team of the Year (Event) in front of a 700 strong crowd at a ceremony in Raffles City Convention Centre.
Jointly organised by the Singapore National Olympic Council and Sports Singapore, the ceremony recognizes sporting excellence for the year 2015.
This was the third win for Joseph and his second in a row. In a phone interview with the United States based swimmer, he said that he was “glad the hard work has paid off".
“It’s been a long journey, it’s never easy and I feel really happy winning this prestigious award,” the 21-year-old SEA Games gold medallist said.
TeamSG bowlers (L to R) Joey Yeo, Cherie Tan, Shayna Ng, New Hui Fen, Daphne Tan and Jazreel Tan. Photo: Sport Singapore
For Shayna, it was her second win in the Sportswoman category. “It feels good to have the trophy and even better to be holding it again. Seeing my name here, it just feels extraordinary,” said the 27-year-old, who became the first Singaporean to strike gold at the Women's World Bowling Championships.
“I try to not have expectations for myself whenever it comes to things that are not within my control, like this (award)… and I'm just thankful that my efforts have been recognized,” she continued.
Special awards were also presented to marathoner Ashley Liew and rhythmic gymnastics coach Zhu Xiaoping.
Zhu, who will be undergoing treatment for colon cancer, won the award for her fortitude in leading the rhythmic gymnastics team to a gold medal after their previous coach ended her tenure abruptly.
Rhythmic Gymnastics coach Zhu Xiaoping (center), together with her husband and daughter, was presented the Special Award for Fortitude by Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (first from left) and Minister Grace Fu (first from right). Photo: Sport Singapore
Full list of winners
Best Sports Event of the Year (Local): Great Eastern Women’s Run 2015
Best Sports Event of the Year (International): BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore Presented by SC Global
Most Inspiring Sports Story of the Year: “On his travels, patience is the greatest weapon” by Rohit Brijnath for The Sunday Times (The Straits Times)
Sportsboy/Sportsgirl Team of the Year (Event): Jodie Lai Xuan Yi, Daniel Hung Book Lok, James Koh Kia Ler, Muhd Daniel M Yazid & Koh Yi Nian (Sailing – Optimist World Championship)
Team of the Year (Event): Shayna Ng, Cherie Tan & New Hui Fen (Bowling Trios Team at the World Women’s Championships)
Team of the Year (Team Sport): Netball – 28th SEA Games Team
Coach of the Year: Sergio Lopez Miro (Swimming)
Sportsgirl of the Year: Joey Yeo Ruoqi (Bowling)
Sportsboy of the Year: Quah Zheng Wen (Swimming)
Sportswoman of the Year: Shayna Ng (Bowling)
Sportsman of the Year: Joseph Isaac Schooling (Swimming)