Singapore Sports Awards: Top accolades for Schooling and Ser

Swimmer Joseph Schooling and shooter Jasmine Ser won the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards respectively at the Singapore Sports Awards on Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015.
Swimmer Joseph Schooling and shooter Jasmine Ser won the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards respectively at the Singapore Sports Awards on Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015. PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - At the Singapore Sports Awards held on Wednesday night at the Marina Mandarin Hotel, swimmer Joseph Schooling and shooter Jasmine Ser both picked up their second Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.

Butterfly specialist Schooling received the top gong after an outstanding 2014 in which he won three medals at the Asian Games, including a gold in the 100m fly, and also claimed a silver (100m fly) at the Commonwealth Games.

The 20-year-old, who is currently competing in the Fina World Championships in Kazan, Russia, has won this award in 2012 as well.

This was also the 24-year-old Ser's second victory after her triumph in 2011.

She too had a stellar 12 months last year, winning gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and setting a new Asian Games record of 590 in the 50m rifle three-position.

National pool player Aloysius Yapp's victory in the 2014 World Junior Championships saw him earn the nod for the Sportsboy of the Year title.

Shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso claimed the Sportsgirl of the Year trophy thanks to her gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany and a silver in the Youth Olympic Games in the 10m air pistol.

The gala ceremony also saw national head coach of swimming Sergio Lopez named Coach of the Year.

jonwong@sph.com.sg