Junior world pool champion Aloysius Yapp pockets ST Athlete of the Month award

Aloysius Yapp made history last month when he became the first Singapore-born pool player to win a world title. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 
Aloysius Yapp made history last month when he became the first Singapore-born pool player to win a world title. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

Newly-crowned pool world junior champion Aloysius Yapp has picked up another accolade on Friday after he was named as The Strait Times Athlete of the Month for November.

The 18-year-old made history last month when he became the first Singapore-born pool player to win a world title. He overcame a 5-1 deficit to defeat Taiwanese Hsu Jui-an 11-10 to claim the nine-ball World Junior Pool Championships (Under-19) in Shanghai.

The Coleman College student is now ranked 42nd in the world, the highest a Singaporean has reached in the World Pool-Billiard Association standings. He also claimed the inaugural edition of the Asian Junior Pool Championship in August and and will lead the Republic's charge for a gold medal at next June's SEA Games, before a tilt at the World Championships in Doha in September.

He said: "It's a great honour to receive this award and be recognised for my hard work. I will work even harder and my target is to win the SEA Games gold medal for Singapore next year."

The ST Athlete of the Month prize is an extension of ST's Athlete of the Year award, which was launched in 2008. Both are backed by F&N's 100Plus.

For his achievement, Aloysius was presented with his trophy and hamper in a ceremony at Spruce restaurant in Phoenix Park by Jennifer See, general manager of F&N Foods (Singapore) and ST sports editor Marc Lim.