Schooling wins unprecedented sixth Sportsman of the Year award
23 May 2019
Schooling wins unprecedented sixth Sportsman of the Year award as Veloso wins her first Sportswoman of the year award
Joseph Schooling has already written himself into the annals of Singapore’s sport history books with an Olympic Gold medal and he may now lay claim to being the greatest Singaporean Sportsperson of all time after winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award at the Singapore Sports Awards last night.
Schooling won his first Sportsman of the Year award in 2012 and added another five gongs between 2015 and 2019. With the Olympic 100m butterfly title and two Asian Games golds in the 50m and 100m butterfly what else can this wunderkind achieve?
“Each year, I felt like it got harder and harder for me to win because there are so many top sportsmen emerging in Singapore,” says Schooling who was nominated alongside table tennis paddler Gao Ning and silat exponent Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin.
“So it gives me great motivation to keep training hard, keep winning, so that I can continue to be in contention for the award.”
Schooling surpassed swimmer Patricia Chan and table tennis player Li Jiawei to become the first athlete to win the award more than 5 times
Martina Veloso on the other hand was revelling in her first Sportswoman of the Year award. In a field of first time nominees, the 19 year-old shooter beat Roanne Ho (swimming), Nurzuhairah Mohd Yazid (silat) and Vera Tan (wushu) to clinch the accolade.
"My heart was beating really, really fast because before that, I was also nominated in the Sportsgirl Team of the Year award (with Ho Xiu Yi and Adele Tan) but did not win," said the Nanyang Polytechnic graduate.
"So even now, it hasn't really sunk in. It's really exciting."
Veloso is taking a gap year to pursue shooting full time ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Sportsman of the Year: Joseph Schooling (swimming)
Sportswoman of the Year: Martina Veloso (shooting)
Sportsboy of the Year: Muhammad Hazim Mohd Yusli (silat)
Sportsgirl of the Year: Constance Lien (jiu-jitsu)
Coach of the Year: Sheik Alau'ddin Yaacob Marican (silat)
Team of the Year (Team Sport): Men's floorball team
Team of the Year (Event): Nur Azlyana Ismail and Nurhanishah Shahrudin at the 18th World Pencak Silat Championship
Sportsboy/Sportsgirl Team of the Year: Choo Yi Xuan and Kyra Poh (indoor skydiving)
Best Sports Photo of the Year: Lim Weixiang
Sports Journalist of the Year: Dilenjit Singh (The New Paper)
Best Sports Event of the Year (International): Fina Swimming World Cup Singapore 2018 Presented by Yakult
Best Sports Event of the Year (Local): M1 Asian Netball Championship 2018