Joseph Schooling SEA Games

Joseph Schooling of Singapore celebrates his win in the 50m butterfly final at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Council)

Swissotel The Stamford, Tuesday, May 29, 2012 — Joseph Schooling and Fu Mingtian won Singapore’s most prestigious sports accolade this evening at the 2012 Singapore Sports Awards.

Swimmer Joseph Schooling, 16, was named Sportsman of the Year while shuttler Fu Mingtian, 21, won the Sportswoman of the Year award.

The winners of the main awards were only announced this evening at the Awards ceremony after a secret ballot, unlike in previous years. The organisers will continue with this format for future ceremonies.

Swimmer Amanda Lim was named Sportsgirl of the Year while another swimmer, Quah Zheng Wen, picked up the Sportsboy of the Year accolade.

“The Singapore Sports Awards Selection Committee found ourselves having to make a difficult decision in choosing the finalists, and subsequently a winner, for each award category. But this is indeed a happy problem as it only means that Singapore has more and more talented athletes that we can be proud of,” said Teo Chee Hean, the deputy prime minister and president of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

The Singapore Sports Award is our country’s most prestigious recognition for athletes since its introduction in 1967.

Sportsboy/Sportsgirl Team of the Year (Event)
Ryan Lo Jun Han, Elisa Yukie Yokoyama, Kimberly Lim Min, Jillian Lee Sook Ying, Jessica Goh Kai Ling (National Optimist Sailing Team at the World Team Racing Championship)

Team of the Year (Event)
Tao Yi Jun, Tay Yu Juan, Emily Sin Min Li (National Wushu Women’s Duilian Team)

Team of the Year (Event) Meritorious Award
New Hui Fen, Daphne Tan Shi Jing, Cherie Tan Shi Hua, Geraldine Ng Su Yi, Jazreel Tan Shi Hua, Shayna Ng Lin Zhi (National Bowling Women’s Team)

Coach of the Year
William Woo Nam Fatt (Bowling)

Sportsgirl of the Year
Amanda Lim Xiang Qi (Swimming)

Sportsboy of the Year
Quah Zheng Wen (Swimming)

Sportswoman of the Year
Fu Mingtian (Badminton)

Sportsman of the Year
Joseph Isaac Schooling (Swimming)

Fu Mingtian Sportswoman of the Year

Fu Mingtian in action during the singles final at the 2011 SEA Games where she won the gold after beating the home crowd favourite, Firdasari Adryanti. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Council)