Vote for your Top 10 student-atheletes for TNP School Sports Star Award

Vote for your Top 10 student-atheletes for TNP School Sports Star Award
Aizat Jufrie, a gymnast from Raffles Institution (RI) who decided to put off his 'A' Levels to 2015 and concentrate on the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

SINGAPORE - They have inspired their teammates and won the admiration of their school mates, coaches and teachers.

You have read stories over the past five months on how 23 student-athletes - nominees for The New Paper School Sports Star Award this year - have overcome personal difficulties to achieve results, both in the sporting arena as well as in the classroom, for some.

The award was introduced in 2011 to honour student-athletes who are excellent role models, even if they are not the best practitioners in their respective sports.

The range of nominees this year is diverse - at one end of the spectrum are national athletes such as sailor Ynez Lim, gymnast Aizat Jufrie and water polo player Neo Ser Han, who have flown the Singapore flag at the South-east Asia Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Asiad.

At the other end are athletes such as cager John Christopher and footballer Muhd Indra Moraga, who were once considered not good enough for their respective sports, but worked hard to become indispensable cogs in their school teams.

Then, there are stories of selflessness - netballer Dahlia Asni has had to juggle training and studies, as well as caring for her cancer-stricken grandmother, while squash player Denise Lim passed up on the opportunity to represent the Combined Schools team earlier this year so that more junior players could take her place.

These are tales that embody the essence of sport: hard work, fighting spirit, leadership and sacrifice.

We want you to help us choose the boys' and girls' winners again.

On the right, you will see a brief profile of all 23 nominees, and you can read their stories in full on tnp.sg/sss.

The same web page will allow you to vote for your top 10 student-athletes - five boys and five girls.

Your votes, along with an internal panel, will go towards the selection of the 10 finalists, from which the two winners will be chosen. You will have until next Tuesday (Oct 28) to pick the 10 athletes who resonate with you most.

JOHN CHRISTOPHER (Basketball) Unity Secondary

The 1.62m-tall shooting guard was once teased for being too short for the sport, but helped his school win the B Division title.

AIZAT JUFRIE (Gymnastics) Raffles Institution

The 18-year-old decided to defer his 'A' Levels by a year to focus on training for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

CHIA SHING KEE (Table tennis) Raffles Institution

The 14-year-old went through surgery on his hip when he was 10 and defied doctor's orders to return to training early because he missed it so much.

MARCUS TANG (Football) Tanjong Katong Secondary School

The 14-year-old suffered at least four injuries in 18 months, but helped his school do well in the Schools National B Division football competition.

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