S'pore women's floorball side earns Team of the Year Award, Joseph Schooling in line to win fifth Sportsman title

The women's national floorball team celebrating after beating Thailand 4-1 in the final of the Women’s Asia-Oceania Floorball Confederation Cup at Our Tampines Hub on June 23, 2018.
The women's national floorball team celebrating after beating Thailand 4-1 in the final of the Women’s Asia-Oceania Floorball Confederation Cup at Our Tampines Hub on June 23, 2018.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Floorball Association has won its first major accolade at the Singapore Sports Awards, to be held on July 18 at the Marina Bay Sands.

Its women's national team are the only nominees for the Team of the Year (Team Sport) category, following its exploits at the qualifiers for the 2017 Women's World Floorball Championships.

The Republic snagged one of four spots - along with Japan, Australia and Thailand - during the Asian and Oceania qualifiers in February 2017.

The team finished last in the 16-team Worlds in Slovakia in December the same year.

Meanwhile, in the list of nominees released on Tuesday (July 10) by the Singapore National Olympic Council, swimmer Joseph Schooling could win his record fifth Sportsman of the Year gong, and become the first athlete to win the award four times in a row.

The 23-year-old Olympic men's 100m butterfly champion also won the award in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Swimmer Ang Peng Siong is the only other athlete to have won the award thrice in a row (1983-1985).

Nominated alongside Schooling are wushu exponent Jowen Lim and cyclist Calvin Sim. Lim won the changquan and daoshu/gunshu gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, while Sim won the Republic's first men's cycling gold in 20 years at the same Games when he won the men's omnium in Nilai.

Feng Tianwei (table tennis), Shayna Ng (bowling) and Jasmine Ser (shooting) are nominated for the Sportswoman of the Year award, while silat's Abdul Raaziq Abdul Rashid is up against sailing's Muhammad Daniel Kei Mohammad Yazid for the Sportsboy of the Year gong.

Fencer Amita Berthier, shooter Martina Veloso, swimmer Quah Jing Wen and synchronised swimmer Debbie Soh are in the running for the Sportsgirl of the Year award, while ice skating national coach Chun Lee Kyung and swimming's National Training Centre head coach Gary Tan are nominated for the Coach of the Year award.

Under the new Sports Journalist of the Year category, The Straits Times' Lim Say Heng and Shamir Osman are among the five nominees. The others are Duncan Elias (Eleven Sports), Kenneth Tan (FourFourTwo) and Low Lin Fhoong (Today).