ST Athlete of the Year award: A look back at our past winners

2012: Laurentia Tan, equestrianWhy she won:- Won one silver and one bronze at the London Paralympics.- Singapore's most bemedalled Paralympian with one silver and three bronzes (two in Beijing 2008).-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG 
2012: Laurentia Tan, equestrianWhy she won:- Won one silver and one bronze at the London Paralympics.- Singapore's most bemedalled Paralympian with one silver and three bronzes (two in Beijing 2008).-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG 
2012: Laurentia Tan, equestrianWhy she won:- Won one silver and one bronze at the London Paralympics.- Singapore's most bemedalled Paralympian with one silver and three bronzes (two in Beijing 2008).-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG 
2012: Laurentia Tan, equestrianWhy she won:- Won one silver and one bronze at the London Paralympics.- Singapore's most bemedalled Paralympian with one silver and three bronzes (two in Beijing 2008).-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG 
2012: Laurentia Tan, equestrianWhy she won:- Won one silver and one bronze at the London Paralympics.- Singapore's most bemedalled Paralympian with one silver and three bronzes (two in Beijing 2008).-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
2012: Laurentia Tan, equestrianWhy she won:- Won one silver and one bronze at the London Paralympics.- Singapore's most bemedalled Paralympian with one silver and three bronzes (two in Beijing 2008).-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
2011: Fu Mingtian, badmintonWhy she won:- Clinched Singapore's first-ever women's singles gold in badminton at the SEA Games in Jakarta.- Won the Vietnam Grand Prix Open as an unseeded shuttler.-- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
2011: Fu Mingtian, badmintonWhy she won:- Clinched Singapore's first-ever women's singles gold in badminton at the SEA Games in Jakarta.- Won the Vietnam Grand Prix Open as an unseeded shuttler.-- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
2011: Fu Mingtian, badmintonWhy she won:- Clinched Singapore's first-ever women's singles gold in badminton at the SEA Games in Jakarta.- Won the Vietnam Grand Prix Open as an unseeded shuttler.-- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
2011: Fu Mingtian, badmintonWhy she won:- Clinched Singapore's first-ever women's singles gold in badminton at the SEA Games in Jakarta.- Won the Vietnam Grand Prix Open as an unseeded shuttler.-- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
2011: Fu Mingtian, badmintonWhy she won:- Clinched Singapore's first-ever women's singles gold in badminton at the SEA Games in Jakarta.- Won the Vietnam Grand Prix Open as an unseeded shuttler.-- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
2011: Fu Mingtian, badmintonWhy she won:- Clinched Singapore's first-ever women's singles gold in badminton at the SEA Games in Jakarta.- Won the Vietnam Grand Prix Open as an unseeded shuttler.-- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
2010: National women's table tennis teamWhy they won:- Won the World Team Table Tennis Championships by stunning the mighty China team in the final.- Culmination of a successful period in which they also clinched an Olympic team silver at the 2008 Be
2010: National women's table tennis teamWhy they won:- Won the World Team Table Tennis Championships by stunning the mighty China team in the final.- Culmination of a successful period in which they also clinched an Olympic team silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.-- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
2010: National women's table tennis teamWhy they won:- Won the World Team Table Tennis Championships by stunning the mighty China team in the final.- Culmination of a successful period in which they also clinched an Olympic team silver at the 2008 Be
2010: National women's table tennis teamWhy they won:- Won the World Team Table Tennis Championships by stunning the mighty China team in the final.- Culmination of a successful period in which they also clinched an Olympic team silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.-- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
2010: National women's table tennis teamWhy they won:- Won the World Team Table Tennis Championships by stunning the mighty China team in the final.- Culmination of a successful period in which they also clinched an Olympic team silver at the 2008 Be
2010: National women's table tennis teamWhy they won:- Won the World Team Table Tennis Championships by stunning the mighty China team in the final.- Culmination of a successful period in which they also clinched an Olympic team silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.-- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
2010: National women's table tennis teamWhy they won:- Won the World Team Table Tennis Championships by stunning the mighty China team in the final.- Culmination of a successful period in which they also clinched an Olympic team silver at the 2008 Be
2010: National women's table tennis teamWhy they won:- Won the World Team Table Tennis Championships by stunning the mighty China team in the final.- Culmination of a successful period in which they also clinched an Olympic team silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.-- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
2009: Quah Ting Wen, swimming Why she won:- Five golds at SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.- Four golds at Asian Youth Games in Singapore.- Set 14 national records in 2009.-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
2009: Quah Ting Wen, swimming Why she won:- Five golds at SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.- Four golds at Asian Youth Games in Singapore.- Set 14 national records in 2009.-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
2009: Quah Ting Wen, swimming Why she won:- Five golds at SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.- Four golds at Asian Youth Games in Singapore.- Set 14 national records in 2009.-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
2009: Quah Ting Wen, swimming Why she won:- Five golds at SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.- Four golds at Asian Youth Games in Singapore.- Set 14 national records in 2009.-- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG
2009: Quah Ting Wen, swimming Why she won:- Five golds at SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.- Four golds at Asian Youth Games in Singapore.- Set 14 national records in 2009.-- ST FILE PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
2009: Quah Ting Wen, swimming Why she won:- Five golds at SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.- Four golds at Asian Youth Games in Singapore.- Set 14 national records in 2009.-- ST FILE PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
2008: Tao Li, swimmingWhy she won:- First Singaporean to make an Olympic swimming final at Beijing Games.- Finished the year as fourth-fastest swimmer in the women's 100m butterfly.- Won gold in the same event at Stockholm leg of Fina/Arena Swimming
2008: Tao Li, swimmingWhy she won:- First Singaporean to make an Olympic swimming final at Beijing Games.- Finished the year as fourth-fastest swimmer in the women's 100m butterfly.- Won gold in the same event at Stockholm leg of Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup series.-- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG
2008: Tao Li, swimmingWhy she won:- First Singaporean to make an Olympic swimming final at Beijing Games.- Finished the year as fourth-fastest swimmer in the women's 100m butterfly.- Won gold in the same event at Stockholm leg of Fina/Arena Swimming
2008: Tao Li, swimmingWhy she won:- First Singaporean to make an Olympic swimming final at Beijing Games.- Finished the year as fourth-fastest swimmer in the women's 100m butterfly.- Won gold in the same event at Stockholm leg of Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup series.-- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG
2008: Tao Li, swimmingWhy she won:- First Singaporean to make an Olympic swimming final at Beijing Games.- Finished the year as fourth-fastest swimmer in the women's 100m butterfly.- Won gold in the same event at Stockholm leg of Fina/Arena Swimming
2008: Tao Li, swimmingWhy she won:- First Singaporean to make an Olympic swimming final at Beijing Games.- Finished the year as fourth-fastest swimmer in the women's 100m butterfly.- Won gold in the same event at Stockholm leg of Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup series.-- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG

These are the Singapore athletes who achieved exceptional success and, more importantly, become inspirational role models in the manner which they achieved success.

From Olympic triumphs, to stunning upset victories, to being a beacon of hope for disabled sportsmen - these athletes represented the best qualities that Singapore sports can offer. Here's a look back at the winners since the award's inauguration in 2009.