Basketball Supergirl

Basketball Supergirl
Sharon Lee, a member of Dunman Secondary School girls' basketball team, who has been crowned the Most Valuable Player award for three successive years.

SINGAPORE - She has been a vital member of the Dunman Secondary School girls' basketball team since she enrolled via Direct School Admission in 2009.

Sharon Lee has been so successful that she has won four championship titles - two C and B Division triumphs each - during her five years of study at Dunman.

She has also been crowned the Most Valuable Player award for three successive years - 2010, 2011 and 2012.

While the Secondary 5 student clearly excels in the sport, she was not in love with basketball when she first tried her hand at it.

"I started basketball when I was in Primary 3, but not because I was interested in the game," said Sharon.

"It's just that my teacher (Chua Cheow Teck from Telok Kurau Primary School) asked me to join because the junior team that year were short of players. I decided to try something new, so I agreed and tried to learn how to play."

Despite initially doubting her ability to excel at the game, Sharon's passion for basketball eventually took root and blossomed, culminating in a second-placed finish at national level in her Primary 6 year.

That was when Tan Jing Yang, then a teacher with Dunman, talent-spotted Sharon and offered her a place in the school.

Since joining Dunman, the point guard has gone from strength to strength. She credits her secondary school for developing her as a player and as a person.

"I used to be very temperamental, but in Secondary 1, Coach Ryan (Koh) taught me to be more patient, to look at things with a different perspective and to solve problems through intelligent solutions," said the 17-year-old.

"I changed and became more mature and when I was in Sec 2, I became captain and led the team."

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