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Entries for February 2011

Golds for Singapore teams in Cadet World Cup


Team Singapore’s women fencers took home team golds in the third day of the Singapore Cadet Fencing World Cup. The Singapore women’s sabre team of Charlotte Teo, Yeo Mei Li, Janice Tan and Adnan Hanan beat Hong Kong in the final with a score of 45-39. Team captain Mei Li said, “This win means a lot to the team and will be a big boost for our confidence when we travel to Bangkok next week for the Asian Junior & Cadet Fencing Championships”


It was an all-Singaporean team finals for the Women’s Foil event when Singapore A team consisting of 2011 Cadet World Cup winner Liane Wong and finalist Lynn Yeo, together with Lim Qi Hui and Denise Fu took on the Singapore B team. The quartet proved too strong and too experienced for Singapore B team and emerged with the victory with a 45-28 scoreline. Team captain Liane Wong said, “The scoreline did not reflect the how tough the match was and all credit for Singapore B team for putting up a good show.” Hong Kong Team A took home the bronze.


Singapore Tops at Commonwealth Bowling Champs


Remy Ong, 32 clinched the Men’s Masters Champions title in the V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship, while Shayna Ng, 21 emerged with a silver in the Women’s Masters


Remy was third after the 2 blocks of Men’s Masters with 2554 pinfalls despite having a low score of 1147 pinfalls after the first block yesterday. He was behind Matt Chamberlain of England and Adrian Ang of Malaysia who had 2567 and 2648 pinfalls respectively. In the stepladder finals, he bowled 197 pinfalls to advance to compete against Adrian Ang of Malaysia and clinched the championship title with 206 pinfalls and defeated Adrian Ang who only managed 161 pinfalls.


Canon SuperSeries Enters a Third Season

Canon Singapore today announced the launch of the third season of the popular Canon SuperSeries - a corporate sporting initiative that promotes a healthy work-life balance through bowling in the workplace.


To extend its outreach, this year’s Canon SuperSeries will include a new Leisure category in addition to the Competitive category. With a lower entry fee of $120 per team of four bowlers as compared to $350 per team for the Competitive category, the Leisure category will be more accessible and spur even more companies to rally their employees together for a game of bowling, promoting  unity between staff and a greater emphasis on work-life balance.


Beginning this March, activities under the Leisure category will intersperse the calendar along with those of the Competitive category. Both will culminate in their respective Grand Finals in September.


Pelé and Cantona to visit Singapore

Courts announced that they have agreed to a partnership with The New York Cosmos for its first visit to Asia since the club’s recent rebirth.  Football legends Pelé (Honorary President) and Eric Cantona (Director of Soccer) will be accompanying the club’s executives throughout the tour, which include Singapore and Hong Kong.  This sponsorship further reinforces Courts commitment to the S-League club sponsorship of the Courts Young Lions.


Courts will develop promotional and publicity programmes to generate excitement around the partnership, while reinforcing both organisations’ commitment to promoting youth football.  Courts is currently title sponsor of S-League club the Courts Young Lions, while The New York Cosmos operates two elite youth academies in New York and Los Angeles called Cosmos Academy East and Cosmos Academy West, respectively. 


To officially announce this partnership and to launch the Courts Young Lions Fan Club, Courts will host a “football fiesta” fan event and press conference on Thursday 3rd March at the Jalan Besar Stadium, with Pelé and Cantona in attendance. 



Singapore's Women Fencers Continue Fine Run

Women’s Sabre and Epee Fencers continued the fine medal run for host country Singapore in day two of the cadet world cup competition.


Singapore Women’s sabreurs Yeo Meili and Charlotte Teo both came from behind in their respective semifinals against strong opposition from Hong Kong. Against Ho Chau Yu, Charlotte who was one point away from defeat at 14-4, reeled off 11 points in a row to snatch victory in a nail biting finish.


In the second semi finals, Meili came back from the brink after surrendering her early advantage to win 15-14. In the all Singapore final, Meili showed better composure and rhythm at the critical moments to emerge triumphant with a 15-12 scoreline.


The final event of the night saw yet another all Singapore final with National cadet fencer Valerie Tan overcoming stiff resistance against Anastasia Karpova, a representative of a Singapore fencing club. Valerie, a former Sports School student said, “Winning this event means so much to me and to win it on the last point of the match made it even more special!” National Women’s Epee Coach Zhao Zhizhong was pleased with Valerie’s performance “Valerie showed that she could turn in strong performances like today and if she continues to work hard, I believe she can challenge the senior fencers in the near future.”


Singapore Women’s Foil dominate in Cadet World Cup

Singapore fencers swept all medals on offer in the women’s foil event on the first day of the Cadet World Cup (CWC) 2011. Liane Wong, Singapore’s YOG representative in 2010, breezed through the preliminary rounds but had to display her big match experience in overcoming her national team mates in the latter rounds.



Former Olympian appointed Singapore Hockey’s CEO

The Singapore Hockey Federation (SHF) announced on 23 February 2011 of the appointment of Mark Chay as Chief Executive Officer. The Former national swimmer and Olympian will assume his role on 1 March 2011.


Chay was the spokesperson for the Singapore Swimming Association.  At SSA he was a member of the High Performance Team and FINA/ Arena Swimming World Cup Organizing Committee.  Prior to SSA, Chay structured and managed Government-to-Government projects in the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America at the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise.  


Currently, Chay is a Council Member of the Singapore Bowling Federation and a Committee Member of Olympians Singapore Chay also holds a directorship with Coleman College, is a member of the United States Sports Academy’s National Faculty and a lecturer with the International Sports Academy.


Cristie Kerr gunning for top at HSBC Women's Champions

Leading contender Cristie Kerr is targeting not only victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore this week, but also an early season boost to her hopes to once again reach the summit of women’s professional golf.

Gold For Singapore Women


Debutants Shayna Ng, 21 and Geraldine Ng, 25 clinched the Gold Medal in the Women’s Doubles of the V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship on 22 February 2011 with a total of 2544 pinfalls. They outperformed other bowlers including the Malaysian bowlers who were first and third respectively in the Women’s Singles the day before.


SSC Banks on Youth Sports Development

Sports champions are not born. Their success results from many years of hard work and well-planned training. With this in mind, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) has urged the National Sports Associations (NSAs) to put in place strong and
structured youth development programmes to groom our young athletes into the champions of tomorrow.


Shayna gets strikes silver

In her first tournament of the year, bowler Shayna Ng has already struck silver at the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship in Malaysia.

Ng got 1,228 points after six games while her compatriot Geraldine Ng struck 1,216 to finish fifth.
Ng had been leading the field of 26 bowlers up till the midway point but Sunway Megalanes in Selangor seemed to have given her a hard time.

“The lanes were tough,” Ng admitted, saying that the lanes granted her far fewer strikes than she was used to.

A winning bib for HSBC Caddy of the Year


HSBC recently announced the special Caddy Bib Design Competition for the HSBC Caddy of the Year awards. 20-year-old Priyatna Sungkono from Raffles Design Institute (RDI) emerged as the winner of the contest which involved more than 30 students from the school’s Visual Communication Department.


Rugby Referees Receive Right Recognition

Singapore Rugby Union (SRU) officially announced the signing on of Portfolio Builders as the Official Sponsor of its referees on Friday, 18 February 2011. The new sponsorship, which will last until 2013, is valued at S$90,000, and will be used to enhance the development of referees within SRU.


“We are very pleased to have Portfolio Builders come onboard as a significant partner in this important area of referee development. This partnership is another example of how the local business community embraces and supports the development of rugby in Singapore,” said Mr Low Teo Ping, President, SRU.


 “The development of rugby referees in Singapore has made significant progress over the past five years culminating in our nation having a referee on the International Rugby Board 7s panel and a number of referees on the Asian Rugby Football Union Panels.  This new sponsorship by Portfolio Builders provides an opportunity for us to accelerate this development and bring on a new crop of up and coming referees,” said Mr Harry Mason, who has recently been appointed Manager, Rugby Development, SRU.


Local schools get involved in the World Netball Championships

The Local Organising Committee of the Mission Foods World Netball Championships  today  unveiled a comprehensive plan that will see students from all around Singapore  be actively involved in the prestigious international sporting event, held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 3 - 10 July 2011. 

It’s All for Mom, says Tao Li

“This award is basically going to be given to my Mom, but first I’ll use it to buy her a present,” said Team Singapore swimming sensation Tao Li, after she topped all earners at the Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme (MAP) dinner at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Thursday, 17 February 2011.


The joint MAP ceremony celebrated the achievements of the 43 Team Singapore medalists from both the Commonwealth Games 2010 and the Asian Games 2010. In attendance was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean, who is also the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), along with Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, who together presented cash awards totaling S$4.22 million on behalf of the Tote Board and the SNOC.


Bowlers get ready for another battle

Four Asian Game medalists - Remy Ong 32, Jason Yeong-Nathan, 26, Geraldine Ng, 25 and Shayna Ng, 21 will be competing in the V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship from 19 - 27 February 2011 at the Sunway Mega Lanes Centre, Selangor, Malaysia.

World's best confirmed for HSBC's Women Champions

The powerhouse field for the HSBC Women’s Champions 2011 will see the world’s leading players seeking to claim the world number one ranking. 63 of the LPGA’s best will descend on Singapore for the fourth edition of the tournament from February 24-27.
Defending champion Ai Miyazato, currently sixth on the Rolex Rankings and second-placed Jiyai Shin, the 2009 winner, are just two of the superstars chasing the HSBC Women’s Champions’ US$1.4 million prize purse, with Yani Tseng (top-ranked), Suzann Pettersen (third), Cristie Kerr (fourth), and Na Yeon Choi (fifth) all within striking distance of the number one position.

Ladies’ Night at Kartright Speedway

When people think of women and racing, the image that comes to mind is of buxom ladies posing with cars. This could soon change with the first Ladies’ Night at Kartright Speedway on 25 February.

Motor sports enthusiast and blogger Cheryl Tay first proposed the event. “There is a place for women in motor sport and it’s not just in the arms of drivers as race queens or grid girls,” she said.

BG Lim Teck Yin to Head SSC

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced today that Brigadier-General Lim Teck Yin has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Sports Council, with effect from 1 April 2011.

BG Lim is the current Commandant of the SAFTI Military Institute. The appointment of BG Lim marks the completion of a three month international and local search to replace SSCs former CEO Oon Jin Teik.


Forming the next Fandi

Even football legend Fandi Ahmad started out as a little tyke. With the Football Association of Singapore’s Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 Combine Trials, other tykes can get a leg up into becoming like Fandi.

These programmes, held at the Junior Centre of Excellence at Jalan Besar Stadium give a chance for boys to display their potential footballing skills in the hopes of getting chosen for further grooming. 

SAFRA Biathlon Attracts Another Big Turnout

More than 2,200 participants competed in the 11th edition of the Singapore Biathlon held at East Coast Park on 12 February 2011.


Jointly organised by SAFRA and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), the annual event also attracted a total of 108 participants aged 15 to 20 years old, marking an over 45 percent increase in the number of youth participants this year. While 47 of these participants competed in the Open category over a 1.5km swim and 10km run, the remaining 61 participants competed in the Youth category with the newly introduced sprint distance comprising a 750m swim and 5km run.


SAFFC Conquers Courts Young Lions in S.League Opener

Making their debut as the Courts Young Lions, the local boys, and their marketing team from Vanda Sports Group, gave a good account of themselves on and off the pitch in the S.League 2011 season opener despite falling 2-0 to former eight-time winners of the league SAFFC at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 12 February.


In the league’s first ever 5pm kickoff since 1998, the Young Lions were welcomed in their den by a hearty 2,534 fans. These fans were treated to a host of entertainment programs and games, as well as a good display of local football, climaxing in a spectacular overhead kick to seal the victory for the away side.


That goal came in the 68th minute through the Warriors’ Croatian striker Mislav Karoglan, after a header from national forward Fazrul Nawaz put them ahead in the 25th minute.


Korda and Castrale set to tee at HSBC Women's Champions

Jessica Korda and Nicole Castrale have been awarded the two coveted sponsor invitations places in the upcoming HSBC Women’s Champions at Tanah Merah Country Club, 24th to 27th February 2011.

Teenage starlet, 17 year old American Jessica Korda, is one of the LPGA Tour’s most exciting prospects having finished second at the LPGA Final Qualifying School at the end of last year.

Courts Young Lions to Kick Off with a Bang

The Great Eastern - YEO’S S.League kicks off this Saturday, 12 February and for the first time in opening game history, Courts Young Lions and SAFFC will take to the centre circle at 5pm at the Jalan Besar Stadium.


The Young Lions will be without several key players, notably captain Hariss Harun who is serving out a suspension from last season and national defender Safuwan Baharudin who, with at least three other teammates, has only recently enlisted for National Service.


Eight-time champions SAFFC will be hunting the Young Lions like a wounded animal back on the prowl. After suffering a dismal 2010 season where they finished fourth, their lowest finish ever, the Warriors have beefed up their squad with new signings like national winger Fazrul Nawaz, defenders Bah Mamadou and Daniel Hammond and a powerful striker in Croatian Mislav Karoglan.  


Last season, both sides played to a 7-goal thriller in two of their three encounters in the S.League including a remarkable 4-3 comeback victory by the Young Lions after trailing 1-3 to the Warriors at half-time in April last year. 


Calvin Kang - Guest of Honor for a Day


The students of Canberra Primary School got an unforgettable Sports Day when national runner Calvin Kang visited them as the Guest of Honour on 1 February.


The Canberra Fiesta, held at Woodlands Stadium, is the school’s annual sports event featuring a host of team-based games, obstacle games and track events.


Kang, whose achievements include winning a Gold medal in the 2008 South East Asian Junior Championships 100m and competing in the 2008 Olympic Games 100m, was invited to observe.


The students were clearly excited about seeing a local sporting icon in the flesh and greeted Kang with cheers and applause. Many of the students even seized this rare opportunity to mob Kang for autographs.


First Blood to Tampines

Tampines Rovers got some measure of revenge over Etoile FC when they finally beat the Stars 2-1 in the S.League Charity Shield match at the Jalan Besar Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,252 on February 9.

Last season, Tampines’ failure to beat Etoile in any of the three S.League matches, allowed the French side to sneak pass them and steal the S.League title, ahead of Tampines, by one point. And after a season of playing bridesmaid, both in the S.League and in the Singapore Cup, which they lost out to Thai side Bangkok Glass in the final, Tampines were glad to have finally landed their first piece of silverware since 2006.


Students can now take fencing and archery as CCAs

The clashing of sabres and the whistling of arrows will soon be familiar sounds on school grounds across the country as fencing and archery attain the status of co-curricular activities (CCA).

Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry, And Education) Mr S. Iswaran officially bestowed the honour to the two sports at the opening ceremony of the National School Games on 8 February.

S.League Powerhouses to clash in Charity Shield

The 2011 S.League Charity Shield will pit the Great Eastern - YEO’S S.League defending champions Etoile FC and RHB Singapore Cup runners-up Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday, 9 February at 7.30pm.


As a curtain raiser to the 2011 S.League season, the two powerhouses will go head to head for a good cause as proceeds from this year’s edition will go to the President’s Challenge 2011. An initiative started by President S.R. Nathan in 2000, the President’s Challenge is an annual series of community-based activities aimed at helping the less fortunate.


Wednesday’s clash will see the 2010 S.League’s meanest defense in Etoile FC take on the deadliest strike force in Tampines Rovers and this could prove to be a exciting precursor to the 2011 season’s opening match three days later.


Match Details


Etoile FC vs. Tampines Rovers FC


Date               : Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Time               : 7.30pm
Venue            : Jalan Besar Stadium



Feng Tops The Honors Roll



Feng Tianwei collected the prestigious Player of the Year award at the Singapore Table Tennis Association’s (STTA) Annual Awards Ceremony on 7 February, as the association handed out a bumper crop of seven awards to honour its paddlers in what was a hugely successful year for Singapore table tennis.


Cheerleaders bringing it on

Give me a ‘C’!

Give me an ‘H’!

Give me a- well the word is cheerleading.
And come 19 March, cheerleading teams from schools all over Singapore will get to shake their pom-poms and do their routines in front of a live audience at the National Cheerleading Championships.

Draw It, Film It Or Snap It

Capture the spirit of Sports Safety and you could win the first ever “Sports
Safe Singapore Creative Competition” organised by the Singapore Sports
The competition aims to promote to the general public, especially the
younger generation, that Sports Safety is the responsibility of every
To take part, simply create a poster, photo or short film based on the
overall theme:
"Sports Safety Is Everyone's Responsibility".

Rock & Ride At The OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011

The Rock and Ride Musical Festival presented by OCBC Cards announced
today the outstanding line-up of bands performing in the first-ever live music
component of OCBC Cycle Singapore. Spectators and participants alike will
be treated to a complimentary, spectacular live musical experience from
local acts Goodfellas, Jack & Rai, Raw Earth and 53A.

The Rock & Ride Music Festival, presented by OCBC Cards and staged at
the F1 Pit Building, will get underway on Friday, 4 March at 6pm. The local
bands will play well into the night and then return at the same time the
following day ahead of the Professional Criterium.


Timbre is also on board as the ‘Official Live Music Bar’ of the Rock & Ride
Music Festival and OCBC Card members are entitled to special drink
discounts and entry to the VIP area.

Slingers Force Game 3 In Playoff Semis

Singapore Slingers have forced Game 3 in the Playoff Semi Finals and are
just one game
away from the Asean Basketball League Finals after an impressive
90-76 win over
Chang Thailand Slammers in the Singapore Indoor on the
February 1 in a do-or-die
The Slingers will play the deciding third game at the Thai-Japanese
Association Gym in Thailand February 6, where the winner will move on to
the finals to face the AirAsia
Philippines Patriots. The Slingers were knocked
out at this stage of the Playoffs last year
and will be hoping to do one
better this time.


S.League Clubs To Get A Fatter Hong Bao

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) today confirmed that the 12
S.League clubs participating in the 2011 Great Eastern-YEO’s S.League
will be receiving additional funding support for the new season which begins
on 12 February.


The Club Chairmen were informed of the additional funding support by
FAS President and Mayor for Central Singapore District Zainudin Nordin at
a briefing session for Club Chairmen which was held on 31 January at the
Jalan Besar Stadium.


At the session, Mayor Zainudin informed the Clubs that the increase
in funding support for the 2011 Great Eastern - YEO’S S.League season
was meant to assist clubs in strengthening their financial position,
improve the Clubs’ management capabilities and capacities, to attract
better quality players to inject more competitiveness and intensity to the
S.League for football fans as well as to expand the Clubs’ community
engagement and outreach programmes to better connect with Singapore



Aiming for the record, no less

Sprinter Elfi Mustapa is on a meteoric rise. Last December he snatched the
gold medal in the 100m run in the ASEAN University Games in Chiang Mai,
returning in a time of 10.59 seconds.

His performance at the University Games also earned him a place at the
South-east Asian Games which will be held in Palembang and Jakarta in
Indonesia in November 2011, making him one of Singapore’s first athletes
to qualify for the biennial event.

Cool enough for Winter Games

With a climate that barely ever dips below 25° Celsius and only one ice rink,
few would expect Singapore to field a candidate for a winter games
competition. Lucas Ng likes the unexpected.

As a short-track speed-skater Ng will be the first Singaporean to participate
in the Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan from 30 January to 6 February,
where he will be racing with skaters from Asian powerhouses like South
Korea and China.“I’m looking forward to experiencing an actual competition,
and seeing how the best in the sport skate”, said the 22-year-old.

Having a Singaporean competitor in the Games is not as far fetched as it
seems. There is in fact a great deal of interest for winter sports like
speed-skating and figure skating, as five-time World Champion
figure-skater Michelle Kwan discovered on her visit to the island in

Monsoon Condition Challenge For Horsburgh Race

The Horsburgh Challenge, a major keel-boat event in Singapore sailing
calendar, is
scheduled from the 25 to 27 February 2010. Organized by the
SAF Yacht Club and
sanctioned by the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF),
the race will be held in full-blown
north east monsoon conditions, with four
The 7th Horsburgh Challenge is a 3-day race event comprises of a passage
race to East
Coast in Day 1 (25th Feb.), a grueling 48-nautical mile passage
race to Horsburgh
Lighthouse vicinity in full blown North East Monsoon
conditions in Day 2 (26th Feb.) and
finally, fleet racing along Changi and an
award presentation ceremony to end Day 3 (27th

Singapore's First Pro At The HSBC Women's Champions

It was third time lucky for Christabel Goh who edged her way into this year’s
HSBC Women’s Champions. The 21 year-old, who only turned professional
last November, qualified for the full-fletched LPGA event on her third try after
beating her rivals by just one stroke. Now, she will get to playing alongside a
field with 63 of the world’s best will be the perfect tonic for her after missing
the final cut at the LPGA Futures Tour 2011 Qualifying Tournament last year.


Goh, who has been playing golf since she was ten, showed no nerves as she
held off the challenges from previous qualifiers Joey Poh and Amelia Yong
for the right to play in her first ever LPGA event. But now that she has
earned that right, how much pressure is she feeling?



Coach’s corner: Balázs Babella

Singapore national canoe coach Balázs Babella believes there are two types
of athletes - those who try their very best to get results, and those who do
their very best.

“Only the athletes who do their best have what it takes to become
champions,” says Babella.

And he is certainly a man who knows what he is talking about. With more
then 20 years of experience paddling in his native Hungary, the 32-year-old
has earned a number of awards including two gold medals for the K4-200m
sprint in the 2005 and 2007 World Championships.

A Watershed Season

After the Lions’ early exit from the Suzuki Cup and the subsequent
announcement of the disbandment of the National Team, Singapore football
and in particular Singapore’s national team needs the S.League to play an
important role as it goes about its process of renewal and rejuvenation.

Like most Singaporeans, the S.League in turning sixteen faces one of its
toughest examinations in its youthful existence. After a season which saw
all three major trophies, and even the fan club of the year award, go to
foreign sides, the S.League will as well need to reinvent itself to rise to the
challenge of being the heart which pumps this new blood to rejuvenate the
National Team.