MRS Deborah Tan Mei Lun, the principal of Raffles Girls' Secondary School, will be the new principal for the Singapore Sports School from Jan 1, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports announced on Wednesday.
Mrs Tan, 48, will take over from Mr Moo Soon Chong, 60, the incumbent SSS principal, who will assume the role of consultant to the school from January, before retiring in April next year.
Mrs Tan, principal of Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) since 1999, and before that, Vice-Principal of Hwa Chong Junior College, holds an Honours degree in Microbiology from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a Post-graduate Diploma in Education specialising in Biology and Physical Education from the National Institute of Education.
A keen sports person, Mrs Tan had represented Combined Schools and the National University of Singapore in softball during her school days.
Mr Moo has been the SSS principal since the institution enrolled its first intake of students in January 2004. He has been instrumental in developing the school's integrated academic and sports training programme, as well as fostering strong relationships with key stakeholders.
Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of SSS and Permanent Secretary of MCYS, paying tribute to Mr Moo, said on Wednesday: "Mr Moo joined our Ministry in 2002 and quickly assembled a core team to start the Sports School. Although the school is less than five years old, its achievements to date would not have been possible without Mr Moo's passion and dedication, and above all his excellent leadership."
Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said that he is grateful to Mr Moo for laying a strong foundation for the Sports School.
He added, "I am pleased that Mrs Deborah Tan, who has such a strong record in school leadership, has decided to come on board the Sports School. We extend a warm welcome to her in joining the sporting fraternity. I am confident she will continue to build on the achievements and the strong foundation laid by Mr Moo in nurturing top-class youth athletes while providing them a wholesome education.'