School sports: Over 8,000 student-athletes recognised at annual SSSC Colours Awards

SINGAPORE - More than 8,000 student-athletes from various secondary schools, junior colleges, and centralised institutes were recognised for their achievements on Friday (Sept 16) at this year's 46th Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) Colours Awards.

The awards ceremony took place at CHIJ Saint Theresa's Convent in front of a crowd of about 250 people proud family members, teachers and students.

A total of 47 students from 21 schools were awarded the SSSC Best Sportsboy and Sportsgirl Awards, which are given to the overall best male and female athlete from each of the 28 SSSC sports and games.

Raffles Girls' School student and 2015 Optimist World Championships Under-15 champion Jodie Lai bagged the Sportsgirl award for sailing. She told The Straits Times after the ceremony: "I didn't really expect to win because I have seniors who have much more experience but I'm still very grateful... (It) reminds me that I'm a student more than a sailor and I compete for my school as well as country."

The list of Best Sportsboys and Sportsgirls comprises athletes - aside from Jodie - who have represented Singapore on various international stages including: Youth Olympic Games and SEA Games gold medallist Bernie Chin from Raffles Institution; national swimmers Darren Chua from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and SEA Games bronze medallist Quah Jing Wen from Methodist Girls' School (Secondary); and World Youth Bowling Championship silver medallist Amabel Chua from Singapore Sports School.

Another 456 students from 76 schools were also awarded the SSSC Colours Award (Distinction), while 8,393 student from 144 schools were awarded the SSSC Colours Award for coming in among the top four at their various National School Games or representing the Singapore Schools sports team.