Cream of the crop

Cream of the crop
Chia Shing Kee (L), Chua Shin Yoong (R).

CHIA SHING KEE (RAFFLES INSTITUTION), 14

TABLE TENNIS

Why do you think you deserve to win?

I am very passionate about table tennis. Even injuries don't dampen my enthusiasm for the game. I came back to play although my injury was not fully healed. It was painful, but I just couldn't bear being away from the sport.

What will winning mean to you?

It will mean a lot, because I worked very hard for this. Also, I'm sure it will motivate me to keep getting better.

What are your plans for the future?

I'd like to represent Singapore one day.

MUHD INDRA MORAGA (HONG KAH SECONDARY SCHOOL), 14

FOOTBALL

Why do you think you deserve to win?

I've made many sacrifices in order to do well in football. I've played at my best the past few years both for my school, and also for my Centre of Excellence team at Warriors FC

What will winning mean to you?

It will mean a lot, of course. It will prove that all my hard work and sacrifices have paid off. It will show that I'm doing things right, and that I'm on the right path. But, most importantly, it will make my family proud.

After all the sacrifices that my father has done for me, it is only right that I repay him with this award. I will never forget his passion and dedication to see me succeed in life.

What are your plans for the future?

I aspire to be a professional footballer. But, for now, my aim is to do well for Hong Kah and Warriors.

MARCUS TANG (TANJONG KATONG SECONDARY SCHOOL), 14

FOOTBALL

Why do you think you deserve to win?

I have put in a lot of effort in football. Although I started playing only in Secondary One, I trained very hard and I'm now in the national Under-15 team.

What will winning mean to you?

It will be a huge boost for me. I've been juggling studies and football, and that almost caused me to have bad results in school, but I pulled through. Also, with all the injuries I've suffered, it will be a big boost both mentally and physically if I win the award.

What are your plans for the future?

With the new Sports Hub and plenty of avenues to pursue football, I hope to be a Singapore international. When I fractured my finger earlier this year, it was very bad. My finger was almost snapped into two. But I came back strongly. I want to show the same determination and make it to the top.

JOHN CHRISTOPHER (UNITY SECONDARY SCHOOL), 15

BASKETBALL

Why do you think you deserve to win?

I deserve the award for the dedication and effort I've put in training. It wasn't easy to get to where I am and be able to represent my school in basketball.

What will winning mean to you?

It will be an award for me to remember and cherish, and it will always remind me of how hard I have worked this year.

What are your plans for the future?

My aim is simply to work harder to be even better than what I am now. That's my plan.

AIZAT JUFRIE (RAFFLES INSTITUTION), 18

GYMNASTICS

Why do you think you deserve to win?

I deserve it because I've made my school and country proud in competitions like the Commonwealth Games. Hopefully, if I win, I can encourage more people to take up gymnastics.

What will winning mean to you?

I feel that it is a very prestigious award to win, and it would be an honour to have my effort and achievements recognised.

What are your plans for the future?

Right now, my mind is on the SEA Games next year. Hopefully, I will continue my training and in the near future, achieve my dream of making it to the Olympics.

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