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The Straits Times Athlete of the Year 2016

Headline acts feted for their successes

HUNGRY FOR MORE LAPS OF HONOUR

Imagine if Michael Phelps was happy to retire after one Olympics.

JOSEPH SCHOOLING , ST's Athlete of the Year for 2016, on his intention to keep making waves.


READY TO TOUGH IT OUT

Joseph has inspired me to want to train harder, because he has shown that champions don't come from taking the easy path.

RAAZAQ RASHID, a 16-year-old Singapore Sports School student and silat exponent, on how Schooling has motivated him.


ELITE IMPROVEMENT

In high performance we've definitely gone up.

TAN ENG LIANG , Singapore National Olympic Council vice-president, on the state of Singapore sport.


OLYMPIC CHAMP MADE IN S'PORE

His Olympic gold medal is a major breakthrough for Singapore's sporting landscape, for it shows that someone born and bred here can become a winner at sport's highest level.

LEE YULIN , ST sports editor, on why Schooling was the unanimous winner of the newspaper's ninth Athlete of the Year award.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2017, with the headline 'Headline acts feted for their successes'. Print Edition | Subscribe