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NUS recognises sports talents

30 Sep 2013

The NUS Canoeing Team (Men), recipient of the President Sports Award (Team) with Guest-of-Honour Ms Yeoh (far left)

Recipients of the NUS Sports Scholarship and Sports Grants with Dean of Students Assoc Prof Tan Teck Koon (far left)
The Office of Student Affairs celebrated teamNUS athletes’ achievements at the annual NUS Sports Awards Ceremony on 27 September 2013, held for the first time at the Stephen Riady Centre, NUS University Town.

Guest-of-Honour Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth graced the event along with some 450 guests from the NUS community, friends from the sports fraternity, athletes and parents. 

The ceremony started on an energetic note with a video featuring teamNUS athletes based on the theme “The Strength Within US”. It was followed by an a capella performance by NUS Resonance.

The Sports Awards seeks to recognise students who have contributed to the sporting community and represented NUS in the many sports that they trained hard for and competed in. The highest honour of the evening was the NUS President Sports Award for team which went to the NUS Canoeing Team (Men). The members were acknowledged for their consistently high performance, with many also in the crew winning the 2011 Singapore Dragon Boat Festival’s Prime Minister Challenge Trophy. Some of them have represented Singapore in the Asian Canoe Marathon Championships and won Gold and Silver medals. 

Four sports scholarships and five sports grants were also given to incoming freshmen and existing student athletes, respectively.

At the ceremony, NUS alumnus and currently fastest national long distance runner Dr Mok Ying Ren was presented with a special award of S$30,000, in support of his bid to qualify for the marathon event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The recipient of the NUS President Sports Award in 2010 was also named the NUS Sportsman of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011 for his achievements in representing NUS in aquathlon, cross country, swimming as well as track and field competitions.

The evening ended with a heartfelt rendition of “NUS Forever” sung by Marcus Lee, teamNUS water polo player. The lyrics of the song resonated with everyone’s hearts that night.

By Office of Student Affairs