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Top student athletes honoured at NUS Sports Awards 2011

31 October 2011

Winner of the President Sports Team Award, the NUS Ladies Dragon Boat Team

Prof Tan (holding the teamNUS Captain's trophy) with three former Sportsman / Sportswomen of the Year.

The annual NUS Sports Awards held on 28 October 2011 at the University Cultural Centre, honoured students who had excelled in tertiary sports and competitions, including national level ones, in Academic Year 2010/2011.

The President Sports Team Award, the highest accolade among the Awards' 14 categories, went to the NUS Ladies Dragon Boat Team. The team performed remarkably well in major tertiary competitions over the past three years, including three wins at the inter-varsity Prime Minister Challenge Trophy Dragon Boat Race.

The Sportsman of the Year award went to final year medical student Mok Ying Ren; and the Sportswoman of the Year was business student Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei. Jasmine, who was also Sportswoman of the Year at the Singapore Sports Awards 2011, recently clinched a silver medal together with Li Yafei and Cheng Jian Huan in the 10-metre women's air rifle team event at the Asian Airgun Championships held in Kuwait. This was the best Singapore team record in four runs of the event to date.

This year's NUS Sports Awards also saw NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan gracing the event as Guest-of-Honour. For his tremendous support and encouragement to NUS athletes and exemplary leadership, Prof Tan was presented with the teamNUS Captain title.

Congratulating the winners at the event, Prof Tan said that their outward achievements bore testimony to a more important inward strength and character. "Increasingly, it will be such positive attributes and mental ruggedness that will enable you to succeed in today's ever-changing landscape. To never bow to defeat but persevere in what you believe. You are not just champions in sports but I know, you will be champions in life," said Prof Tan.

Other award winners this year included 213 Honorary Award recipients, 53 Team Rookie of the Year awardees, 57 Team Player of the Year winners, and
• Sports Team of The Year (Event) Ladies – Shooting Triples
• Sports Team of The Year (Event) Men – Fencing Eppe
• Sports Team of The Year (Individual Sports) Ladies – Swimming
• Sports Team of The Year (Individual Sports) Men – Lifesaving
• Sports Team of The Year (Team Sports) Ladies – Volleyball
• Sports Team of The Year (Team Sports) Men – Basketball

Besides the above awards, the event also saw the presentation of the inaugural Sports Scholarships to five first year students with outstanding sporting and academic achievements as well as the awarding of the NUS Sports Grants.