Floorballer Siti Nurhaliza wins Team Singapore athlete of the month for the month of September 2019, fighting off stiff competition from the likes of Yip Pin Xiu (Swimming), Jonathan Chan (Diving), Cherie Tan (Bowling), and Ser Lin Qian (Table Tennis).
Yip Pin Xiu (Swimming)
Yip Pin Xiu won Gold at the Women’s 100m Backstroke S2 at the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. She clocked in a season best time of 2:18.61. It is her first world title since winning the 50m freestyle S3 gold at the 2010 edition in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
She clinched her second gold in the meet after winning the women’s 50m backstroke S2 event in 1min 4.43 sec, just 0.25 seconds shy of her season best. She holds the world record of 59.38 sec in the event, that was clocked at the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Jonathan Chan (Diving)
Jonathan overcame China’s Wang Zewei and North Korea’s Ri Kwon Hyok, scoring an overall total of 407.9 points and won the Gold Medal for the Men’s 10m Platform Final in the Asian Diving Cup.
In doing so, he became the first Singaporean to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Siti Nurhaliza (Floorball)
Siti was offered a season-long contract to play for SC Tempish Vitkovice, five-time champions Czech Republic, in the eastern European country’s top-tier women’s league, the Extraliga.
She impressed the Club’s player development manager in a friendly game when Finnish Club Eraviikingit invited Siti and 5 of her teammates to play alongside them against Vitkovice
She will be there for 7 months, but will return for the SEA Games and the World Floorball Championships later this year.
Cherie Tan (Bowling)
Cherie Tan won Gold at the QubicaAMF Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Players Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the first Asian to win the PBWA Players Championship.
She overcame reigning PWBA Player of the Year, fifth-seeded Shannon O’Keefe, and delivered nine strikes in the title match to win 254 – 204, claiming the championship. The win earned her an invitation to the season-ending PBWA Tour Championship
Ser Lin Qian in action for Team Singapore. Photo: International Table Tennis Federation
Ser Lin Qian (Table Tennis)
13-year old Ser Lin Qian bagged a singles silver at the 2019 ITTF Junior Circuit Premium, Chinese Taipei Junior & Cadet Open, after defeating Taiwan’s Chen Yu-chih 3 – 0 in the quarter-finals and Cheng Pu-syuan 3 – 0 in the semi-finals.
Lin Qian is ranked 26th in the Under-15 world rankings and only lost out to Japan’s U-15 world no. 5, Kaho Akae.