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First Medallist In Archery World Cup
Tan Silie won the men’s recurve in the Indoor Archery World Cup held in Singapore in Dec 2012. The indoor competition was with a distance of 18m. Tan was an NTU second-year student.
Most Bemedalled Archer
The most bemedalled archer to date is Sam Tan Pek Hoon. Her list of achievements includes 5 silvers, 2 golds and 1 bronze from the SEA Games in 1977 and 1983.
First Gold Medallist In An International Tournament
Bill Wee was the first international gold medallist in archery held at the New South Wales State Championship in Sydney in 1962. He founded Singapore’s first archery club in 1964 and the Archery Association of Singapore in 1967.
Largest Badminton Rally
More than 600 people turned up at Raffles City on 23 Mar 2009 for the record which was a run-up to the Aviva Badminton Open. The feat was achieved with a total of 96 different people each hitting a shot in one continuous rally. Badminton stars Ronald Susilo, Kendrick Lee and Zarina Abdullah also took part in the Guinness record attempt.
Youngest National Women’s Champion
SCGS student Colleen Goh became the youngest national women’s badminton champion when she won Cheers Badminton Nationals and Masters at the age of 14. The game was held at the Singapore Badminton Hall on 21 Mar 2004.
Youngest Players To Win Grand Prix Event
In 2004, Kendrick Lee, 19, and Xing Aiying, 15, clinched the men’s and women’s singles titles at the US$30,000 US Open Badmintons Championships in California. Lee was the men’s singles and men’s doubles national champion in 2005. Xing captured the singles and doubles Cheers Youth International titles in 2005 and the Thailand King Cup in 2003.
Highest Ranked Local Player At Olympics
Ronald Susilo progressed to the final 8 in the badminton men’s singles competition at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.
Youngest Gold Medallist At Commonwealth Games
Li Li became Singapore’s youngest Commonwealth Games gold medallist when she clinched the women’s badminton singles title at the 17th Games in Manchester in 2002 at the age of 19. Li began formal badminton training at eight and joined the national badminton squad when she was 14.
First Woman Semi-Finalist Of Grand Prix Event
Zarinah Abdullah was the first Singaporean woman to reach the semi-finals of a World Grand Prix Badminton Tournament in Apr 1993. She was ranked 13th on the IBF listing in that year. At 16, she was the national champion and held on to the title for 4 years (1988-1991).
First IBF-Recognised Coach
Eddie Ang became the first Singaporean to qualify as an International Badminton Federation-certified umpire in Feb 1992.
Pair With Most Doubles Titles
Ong Poh Lim and Ismail Marjun were the first duo to participate at the All-England Cup in 1951, where they emerged runners-up. They also swept the Singapore Open doubles titles for four consecutive years from 1952-1955. They went on to win many tournaments including the Danish, French and British titles, among others. Ong was well-known for his tricky ‘crocodile serve.’
First Asian To Win All-England Cup And Thomas Cup
Wong Peng Soon (1918-1996) was the first Asian to win the All-England Championships 4 times from 1950 to 1952 and in 1955. His consecutive wins from 1950-1952 gave him the privilege of retaining the All-England Cup. In 1948, his team was the first to win the Thomas Cup, the first world-class badminton tournament. He was also the undisputed singles champion in Singapore for 7 times and in Malaya for 8 times during the 1930s through the 1950s.
First Winner Of Japan Open
Ronald Susilo scored his first major men’s singles title in the prestigious Japan Open 2004. He also became the first Singaporean since 1968 to play in the semi-finals of the premier All-England Championships. In 2005, he was the first badminton player to be named Sportsman of the Year.
First Professional Team
Singapore Slingers, the first professional basketball team based in South-East Asia was launched on 23 May 2006. It played the first 2 seasons in the Australian National Basketball League. From Oct 2009, it became one of the inaugural teams that formed the Asean Basketball League created by Tony Fernandes, owner of AirAsia.
First 50+ International Champion
Augustine Lee, 56, beat four other US finalists to finish first in the over-50s category at the National Physique Committee’s Tournament of Champions in Culver City, California in Sep 2010. He started bodybuilding at 30 and has won more than 20 titles to date. He was awarded the SNOC merit award in 1994 and 1996.
Youngest Mr Singapore
23-year-old Sasikumar Manogaran won the lightweight (70 kg) title at the 45th National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships at the Victoria Theatre on 6 May 2007. Standing at 1.65m tall, he was the youngest ever to win the competition.
First Consecutive Gold Medallist At Asian Games
Bodybuilder Simon Chua is the only Singaporean to have won 2 golds in consecutive Asian Games, in Busan in 2002 and Doha in 2006.
Oldest Gold Medallist
The oldest bodybuilder to win a gold medal (individual) is Ibrahim Sihat. He was 48 when he competed in the 2005 SEA Games in Pasay City, Philippines bagging the flyweight division title.
Top Woman Bodybuilder In Asia
In 2006, Joan Liew came in first place at the Asian Women’s Open Invitational Championships (welterweight) in Singapore. She won both the golds in the Asian Women’s Bodybuilding Championships in 2000 and 2002. She was ranked second in the women’s over 55-kg category at the 2013 Arnold Amateur IFBB Championship in USA.
Bodybuilder Competing In Widest Weight Range
Abdul Halim Haron won a silver medal in the welterweight category (75 kg) at the Asian Championship in 2001. As there was a higher chance of winning medals in the lighter category, he shed over 10 kg for the Busan 2002 Asian Games. His efforts allowed him to compete in the bantamweight category (65 kg) and earned him a gold medal.
First Winner At World Games
In 1993, Azman Abdullah was the first Singaporean to win a gold in the middleweight category at the IOC-sanctioned World Games Bodybuilding Championships, beating 51 others. He won a gold at the World Bodybuilding Championships that same year. He was also a 5-time Mr Singapore title-holder, a 3-time Mr Asia and an Asian Pro-Am Classic Champion.
Most Wins At Asian Amateur
Fatholomein Ali won the Asian ¬Amateur Championships 8 times from 1980 to 1990. He was also the SEA Games gold medallist in 1987 and 1989.
First Mr Universe Finalist
Rohmat Juraimi won the Asian Amateur Championships four times and was named Overall Winner for the 1973 championships. He took part in the Mr Universe contest twice and was placed sixth in both 1977 and 1982.
Top Bowling Earner
Remy Ong crossed the S$1 million mark in total career earnings when he won the top prize for the Saudi International Open 2001, where he picked up a US$25,000 paycheck.
First Asian Youth Games Gold
Bowler New Hui Fen won Singapore’s first gold medal at the inaugural Asian Youth Games in Singapore by scoring 1,359 pinfalls. The competition was held at the Orchid Country Club on 1 Jul 2009.
First AMF World Champion
20-year-old student Jasmine Yeong-Nathan became the first Singaporean to win the AMF Bowling World Cup in Mexico in Nov 2008. The annual event is considered the world’s most prestigious bowling tournament. The 2005 national champion scored an almost perfect 298 out of 300 points, making it the highest game recorded in a women’s World Cup final.
First World Youth Bowling Champion
Valerie Teo won the girls’ singles event in the World Youth Bowling Championships in Berlin, Germany in 2006, making her the first Singaporean with that title. In that year, she also achieved a gold in the Asian Games, along with Michelle Kwang.
Youngest National Women’s Champion
In 2004, 14-year-old Jazreel Tan was crowned Singapore’s youngest woman national champion. She took up bowling when she was in Secondary One at the Singapore Sports School. She won the singles event, finished second in the doubles and quartets at the 2003 Schools National Championships and was in third place in the Masters.
First Winner At ABF Tour Tournament
Jennifer Tan was the first woman to win the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions in Jakarta in 2006. In 2002, she became the second Singaporean to win the World Bowling Masters Women’s Champion title at the World Ranking Masters in Denmark.
First Winner At World Bowling Masters
In 2001, Jesmine Ho won the Ladies’ Masters title at the inaugural World Bowling Masters Championship in Abu Dhabi.
First Team Gold At Asian Games
Lee Yu-Wen, Remy Ong and Sam Goh were the first team to win the men’s trio at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan with a total of 3,961 points. They made a dramatic comeback to beat the Philippines and the UAE after remaining in tenth position and trailing by 113 pinfalls.
First Singaporean Head Of World Sports Body
Mrs Jessie Phua, President of the Singapore Bowling Federation, was elected president of the World Federation International des Quilleurs (FIQ) in Aug 2007. This is the world body for 9- and 10-pin bowling. Phua also served as Nominated MP in 2007.
First Winner At World Men’s Tenpin Bowling
Remy Ong won 2 golds in the singles and the all-events at the World Men’s Tenpin Bowling Championship in South Korea on 8 Sep 2006.
First Bowling Gold At Asian Games
Remy Ong collected both the men’s singles gold and the men’s masters gold at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.
Youngest National Champion
Valerie Teo at 16 became the youngest national champion, winning the women’s masters title. She also clinched the singles, doubles, quartet and all-events titles in 2001.
Youngest International Champion
Valerie Teo became the youngest bowling champion in the international arena when she won the 1999 Malaysian Masters Cup in Petaling Jaya at age 14.
Oldest Commonwealth Game Medalist
Former national hockey captain, Chai Yon Hoong, became the oldest Singaporean to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games, when he won a silver medal at lawn bowls in 1999, at the age of 65.
First Winner At World Games
Adelene Wee Chin Suan was the first Singaporean to be named World Bowling Champion in 1985 when she won the Ladies’ Masters title at the World Games in London at the age of 20. She won 3 golds in the singles, masters and team events that same year at the Asian FIQ Youth Championships. In 1983, she also collected 3 golds in the doubles, all-events and masters at the same championship.
First Doubles Medal At World FIQ
Jesmine Ho and Katherine Lee were the first Singaporean women to win the doubles silver medal at the World FIQ Championships in Reno, USA, in 1995.
FIQ Highest Single Game Pinfalls
In 1991, Grace Young was a member of the five-ladies team at the FIQ World Championship that broke the world’s single game record at that time with 1,092 pinfalls. She was the bowling gold medallist at all the SEA Games from 1987 to 1995. She won the Sportswoman of the Year award in 1989, 1991 and 1992.
First To Win Medal At World Games
Henry Tan Yoke See was the first to put Singapore in the world bowling map by winning the individual silver medal at the World Games in Copenhagen in 1970. He also won the all-events gold medal at the 8th SEAP Games and the silver (duo) at the 1975 World FIQ which gained him the Sportsman of the Year award in 1971 and 1976. Tan was also Best Coach of the Year in 1983.
First Public Bowling Alley
In 1962, Jackie’s Bowl was opened at the Orchard Cinema (now Cathay Cineleisure) in Grange Road. Jackie Oei Tjiong Le, a friend of Tan Eng Joo, founded the family-oriented bowling alley.
First Private Bowling Alley
The first private bowling alley was built at the American Club in 1955. Located in Claymore Hill, it was founded by rubber magnate, Tan Eng Joo.
First Muay Thai Gold Medallist
Syafiq bin Abdul Samad, 17, won gold for ¬Singapore in an international muay thai competition. Held in Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent from 25 to 30 Jun 2010, Syafiq managed to down a much heavier Indian opponent in the Category A Under-71 kg class.
First Muay Thai World Medallist
17-year-old Brenda Shee was the first Singaporean woman to win a bronze medal at a world muay thai competition. She bagged the medal in the women’s 48-kg category at the TreX Games in Busan, South Korea on 30 Sep 2008. She is currently Singapore’s only female professional muay thai fighter.
First SEA Games Champion
Mohammed Mukhlis was the first ¬Singaporean to win a boxing gold at the 1985 SEA Games, in the light-flyweight competition.
First Sportsman In Reality TV Series
Professional muay thai fighter Kim Khan Zaki, also known as Zig Zach, was the first and only -Singaporean to take part in a kickboxing reality-based television show, broadcast in 2008. In the 16-episode The Contender Asia, 16 professional muay thai middleweight fighters from 12 countries went through in-camp training and a series of outdoor challenges before they competed in real sanctioned matches. Zig Zach was eliminated from the show in the seventh episode.
First Asian Games Medallist
Bulat bin Ismail became the first Singaporean to win a medal for boxing at the Asian Games when he won silver at the second Asian Games at Manila in 1954, in the welterweight category.
First Ring Tragedy
The first ring death occurred on 22 Sep 1934 at the New World Stadium, when 21-year-old Joe Thunderface from Pasadena, California, died in his fight with a local boy named Frankie Weber.
Only Commonwealth Games Medallist
Boxer Syed Abdul Kadir participated in the 1972 Munich Olympic. He won the bronze at the 1974 Commonwealth Games at Christchurch, New Zealand, in the lightweight category. He was crowned Sportsman of the Year for this achievement in the following year.
First Local Boxing Team
The earliest boxing team was started in the early 1920s at St Andrew’s School by its principal, Canon RKS Adams. He also initiated the Inter-School Boxing Championships in the early 1930s.
First Olympic Kayaker
Geraldine Lee, who won 1 gold and 3 silver medals at the 2011 SEA Games, made it to the London 2012 Olympic Games. She rowed into the semi-finals of the women’s kayak singles 500m but did not proceed to the final.
First Hosting of Canoe World Championship
Singapore hosted the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championship from 21-23 Oct 2011, the first Asian country to do so. It was held at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay.
Worst Dragonboat Tragedy
It happened on 23 Nov 2007 during Cambodia’s Annual Water Festival River Races. The Singapore boat, carrying 22 men, capsized as they were rowing back to the starting line after completing the 1.5-km Cambodia-Asean Traditional Boat Race. Rescue boats were immediately deployed, but 5 members of the team could not be found. After a 40-hr search, the bodies of Chee Wei Cheng, Jeremy Goh Tze Xiong, Stephen Loh Soon Ann, Poh Boon San and Reuben Kee En Rui were retrieved from the water.
First Participation At International Canoe Polo Competition
The tertiary institutions started playing canoe polo in the 1980s. The national team was formed in 2002 and in the following years, it competed in the Asian ¬Canoe Polo Championships in Taiwan.
Highest FIDE Ratings
As of Jun 2012, Zhang Zhong (born in 1978) has the highest FIDE rating in Singapore. Zhang, together with Wu Shaobin and Wong Meng Kong are the only local grandmasters of chess.
Youngest U-7 World Champion
At the age of 6, Derek Lim of Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) became Singapore’s youngest world chess champion after winning the Under-7 title at the World Schools Chess Championships in Halkidiki, Greece. The event took place from 24 Apr – 2 May 2006.
First International Chess Master
Tan Lian Ann (born in 1947) was conferred the coveted title ‘International Chess Master’ by the FIDE in 1973 for reaching the quarter-finals of the world championships. When he was 25, Tan took on 45-year-old world champion, Boris Spassky. Their 5-hour epic encounter ended in a draw.
First National Champion
Prof Lim Kok Ann was Singapore’s first champion when the national chess competition was inaugurated in 1949. He built up the game here in the 1950s and 1960s, actively setting up chess clubs in schools and establishing the Singapore Chess Federation, which he headed for 18 years. Later, between 1982 and 1988, he served as the secretary-general of FIDE (World Chess Federation) in Switzerland. The grandson of Dr Lim Boon Keng, he was also remembered for his achievements in medicine.
World’s First Climbing Race On A Building Facade
21 professional climbers scaled the glass facade of the 55-floor Marina Bay Sands on 23 Jun 2010. The race was part of the celebrations to mark the opening of the integrated resort. 7 teams, with 3 members each (2 men and one woman), from over 10 countries scaled the three towers in the World Championship Climb to the Sands SkyPark. The Singapore team, represented by Beatrix Chong, Cheang Qing Xin and Hazlee Muhd, won the race.
Most Bemedalled Climber
Beatrix Chong started climbing in 1999. She has won the national competitions four times in a row, adding up to a total medal tally of 50. The 2006 Asian X-Games silver medalist represents Singapore regularly in competitions like the World Cup, X-Games and Asian Championships.
First Artificial Ice-Climbing Wall
The Adventure Sports Centre at Safra Yishun Country Club has the first artificial ice-climbing wall in South-East Asia. Opened in Nov 2005, the wall was constructed with highly compressed foam material, allowing one to simulate ice-climbing, complete with ice boots, crampons and ice axes.
Tallest Sports Climbing Wall
The sports climbing wall at the Adventure Sports Centre at Safra Yishun Country Club measuring 25m is the tallest in Singapore.
Highest Makeshift Climbing Wall
A 20m-high wall, the highest to be put up in Asia, was set up for the Singapore Speed Climbing Challenge at Downtown East on 26-27 Jun 2004. The event was organised by Gwyndara International, Singapore Mountaineering Federation and Climb Adventure (Pacific).
Highest Indoor Climbing Wall
Orchard Central opened its Via Ferrata Wall in 2009. With a vertical height of 30m (about 5 storeys), the rock wall is also Singapore’s first via ferrata. Meaning ‘iron way’ in Italian, it is a fixed-protection climbing path made out of a system of cables, ladders and rungs along a wall.
Oldest Climber On A Via Ferrata Wall
At Orchard Central on 4 Sep 2011, 69-year-old Gary Yeo was the oldest person to climb on a via ferrata wall.
First Billiard World Record
On the first day of the New Zealand Open Billiards Championships at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club on 6 Oct 2007, Peter Gilchrist shot a break of 1,346, easily surpassing the previous world record of 1,246. Gilchrist also created another world record with only four visits to the table for an average per visit of 426, against the previous best of 243. Born in UK, he was the British open champion for five times. He took up Singapore citizenship in 2006. He coaches the national cuesports team.
Top In Billiards World Ranking
Peter Gilchrist, 45, reclaimed the top spot in the world billiards ranking after victories in the Irish Open in Feb 2013 and Scottish Open in Mar 2013. 12 years ago, he achieved that similar ranking.
Oldest Competitor At The Asian Games
65-year-old Alan Puan participated at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha for billiards, making him the oldest Singaporean competitor as well as the senior-most among the 12,000 participants at the Games.
Highest Bejeweled Blitz Score
The highest score on the Flash game Bejeweled Blitz is 804,200 points and was achieved by Lee Chen Wei on 06 Aug 2011. The record was broken on the Guinness World Record Challengers site.
First Professional Cybergamers
Singapore’s first professional cybergamers landed contracts that promised to pay them each US$30,000 (S$44,000) a year to play. They also stand to earn more from tournament winnings. It is the prize that 9 men and a woman of the Singapore Sword team bagged for emerging among the top 4 of 6 teams in the Pan-Asian leg of the Championship Gaming Series (CGS) in Kuala Lumpur in Oct 2007. CGS is backed by American media giant News Corp.
First Cybergames World Medallist
On 19 Nov 2005, 24-year-old Wilson Chia, a Nanyang Polytechnic graduate became the first Singaporean to win a silver medal and prize money of US$10,000 for Dead or Alive Ultimate at the World Cyber Games at Suntec City. Chia turned professional cybergamer in 2007 and outfought the top-rated player Ryan Ward to end the American’s 14-game unbeaten record in the martial arts computer game Dead or Alive 4 at the World Cyber Games in Seattle.
First World Tournament Held In Singapore
The finals of the World Cyber Games 2005 were held at Suntec City from 16-20 Nov 2005. There were 679 players at the finals. Over 30,000 spectators turned up to cheer for the players. The WCG is the largest global electronic sport tournament.
First To Compete At The Junior World Championships
17-year-old Low Ji Wen finished 41st among 115 riders from 39 countries at the Under-19 UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Junior Road World Championships at Aguascalientes, Mexico held on 12 Aug 2008. Low, who completed the 133.6-km mass-start road race in 3 hr 8 min 3 sec, was the second-best of the 6 Asians taking part.
First World BikeTrial Championship
Singapore hosted the first World Bike-Trial Championship from 19-20 Aug 2006 at Sentosa, the third round of 4 stops that world-class BikeTrial riders had to make to complete the World Championship in 2006. 10-year-old Joe Ng was the youngest local competitor.
First Metro BMX Jam Competition
The Metro BMX Jam, held for the first time in Asia and outside Canada, had attracted 47 international athletes. The world-class contest was held at Somerset skatepark from 7-8 Apr 2007. Contestants were vying for prizes worth US$20,000 by doing some unbelievable stunts such as the tail whip, the nose pick, the table top and the look back. 24-year-old local Ng Chee Keong clinched 27th spot in the contest.
Largest Cycling Club
Joyce Leong founded the Joyriders cycling club in 2003. That little group of riders among friends has since grown into a 1000-strong club of cycling enthusiasts. The club organises occasional overseas cycling trips and have members ranging from students to those over 60 years old.
First Professional Cycling Team
Formed in 2009 as an amateur club team, the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team has from Jan 2013 become a full-fledged professional cycling team. Led by Justin Cheong, the team is made up of 7 local riders and 4 foreigners. OCBC Bank, has pledged S$160,000 annually to the team for the next 3 years.
First Professional Cyclist
In 2010, Vincent Ang left his insurance job to become a professional cyclist. He travelled round the world as a racer-for-hire, employed on an ad hoc basis by Dutch, Korean and Taiwanese professional teams. Ang was a national junior mountain bike champion in 1993 and 1994. In 2011, he finished third overall in the 7-day ADC Cup Tour in Vietnam.
Most Bemedalled Cyclist
Kenneth Tan competed in 5 SEA Games from 1987 to 1995, winning 6 medals. At the Asian Cycling Championship in New Delhi in 1989, he won the silver medal. In 1990, he came in fourth in the Asian Games in Beijing.
First Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing Group
In 2002, the first wheelchair ballroom dancing group was formed and trained by veteran dancer Sunny Low and his wife Aleena Tan. The members from the Handicaps Welfare Association hoped to take part in the Paralympic Games which introduced the sport in 1998. In the sport, a standing partner leads the wheelchair-bound in time to music.
Most South-East Asian Latin Titles
Robert Ong and Sabrina Sim had the distinction of winning the South-East Asian Latin title 10 times. When dance sport was first featured in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Robert Ong and Sabrina Sim (the only non-fulltime dancers) made it to the finals.
First Country Outside Europe To Host World Championships
Singapore was the first country outside Europe to host the International Dance Sport Federation World Standard Championships in 1992.
Top Dance Sports Rankings
The Singapore DanceSport Federation (SGDF) has a ranking list for Latin and another for Standard. All dance sports competitors must be ranked if they wish to be selected to represent Singapore in international competitions. Jerome Teo and Rachel Teo ranked highest in the Jan 2013 Standard list with 60 points. Topping the Latin list are Chiu Xian Siang and Grace Tan with 80 points.
Most Bemedalled Dancers
Since 1982, Shawn and Gladys Tay have won 20 prestigious championship titles in dance sports throughout the world. These titles included the 1985 Doris Lavelle Challenge Trophy (England) and the 1990 Asian-Pacific Ballroom Dancing Championships (Korea). They retired from competitive dancing in 1994 and have concentrated on coaching.
First Perfect Scorer At World Championships
Paul Lim, a professional darts player was the first player to hit a perfect 9-dart finish during the Embassy World Professional Darts Championship in 1990. He represented USA for the competition as Singapore was not affiliated with the sport’s governing body. His many titles -include 5 Singapore Opens, 5 Malaysian Opens, and 5 Asian Cups. In 2011, Lim won the World Soft Darts World Championship with a prize of HK$1,000,000.
Highest-Ranked Amateur Darter
Jaime Koh was the first Singaporean amateur darter to be ranked third in the world. She won the singles title at the darts Asia Cup, and the doubles title together with Lianna Chia, in 1990.
Top Boccia Rankings
Jaime Koh was the first Singaporean amateur darter to be ranked third in the world. She won the singles title at the darts Asia Cup, and the doubles title together with Lianna Chia, in 1990.
First Gold Medal At The Paralympics
16-year-old Yip Pin Xiu, who has muscular dystrophy, became the first Singapore athlete to win a gold at the Beijing Paralympic Games in Sep 2008 when she came in first in the 50m backstroke (S3). Her 58.75 sec time is 7.32 sec ahead of the silver medalist. Earlier in the heats, she set a new world record of 57.92 sec for the event. Yip also won a silver medal in women’s 50m freestyle, another first in Singapore’s history.
Oldest Athlete In An International Event For the Disabled
The oldest disabled athlete to compete in an international tournament is Jeanne Toh Soon. She was 57 when she participated in the MPPP/PSC International Sailing Regatta 2006.
Top Paralympics Medallist
In Sep 2012, Laurentia Tan, 33, won a silver medal in the Individual Freestyle Test (1a) and a bronze in the Dressage Individual Championship Test (1a) at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. In Sep 2008, she won 2 bronze medals in Hong Kong for the Beijing Paralympics. Tan developed cerebral palsy and profound deafness after birth, and moved to the UK with her parents at the age of 3. She took up horse riding at the age of 5 as a form of physiotherapy.
Most Bemedalled Disabled Athlete
Theresa Goh Rui Si, born in 1987, does not have use of her legs because of congenital spina bifida. However, she established herself as a top swimmer, winning over 30 gold medals in international competitions and breaking many games records at the ASEAN ParaGames (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008), Asian Para Games (2002), ISMWSF World Wheelchair Games (2003), IPC World Swimming Championships (2006), etc. Goh competes in sport class S5 for the freestyle, SB4 for the breaststroke and SM5 for the individual medley. She held the world record for the 50 metres and 200 metres breaststroke.
Fastest 50m Breaststroke (SB4) Swimmer
Theresa Goh briefly held the 50m breaststroke world record in 2001. She broke the record again when she clocked 52.62 sec in the Asean Para Games on 22 Jan 2008 in Thailand.
Fastest 50m Backstroke (S4) Swimmer
On 5 Apr 2007, at the US Paralympics Swimming Trials, Yip Pin Xiu broke the world record twice in one day. At the heats of the 50m backstroke for disability class S3, Yip set a new time of 1 min 1.55 sec, one-tenth of a second off the previous world record. Later that day, she broke her own record with a new time of 1 min 0.8 sec.
Fastest 200m Breaststroke (SB4) Swimmer
On 27 May 2007 at the International German Disability Swimming Championships in Berlin, Theresa Goh broke the world record in 4 min 17.38 sec. SB4-classified athletes are those with full use of their arms, but not their leg or trunk muscles.
First Gold Winners In An International Event For The Disabled
The first gold medallists in an international sports tournament for the disabled were Frankie Thanapal Sinniah and Robert Tan. Sinniah won 2 golds and a bronze, while Tan won a gold and a bronze at the 1975 FESPIC (Far East & South Pacific Games for the Disabled) Games in Oita, Japan.
Fastest Wheelchair Sprinter
Muhammad Firdaus bin Nordin won 3 silvers in the World Wheelchair and Amputee Games in Brazil in Sep 2005. He also won a gold in the men’s 100m in 14.85 sec at the third Asean Para Games in Manila in Dec 2005. He set a new Games record for the 200m (T54) event in 27.61 sec at the 2006 IPC Championships, and also won a silver medal for the same event. This earned him an entry to the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Best Showing At A Disabled Tournament
The sports event in which Singapore’s team of disabled athletes hauled the most medals was the 1986 FESPIC Games in Solo, Indonesia. Singapore won 40 golds, 10 silvers and 25 bronzes.
Top Fencing Medallist
Ruth Ng picked up fencing at 13 and by 24, she had won 33 gold medals locally and overseas. In 2003, she clinched a bronze at the SEA Games and a gold for the women’s team in 2005. She was the first recipient of the SSC scholarship awarded in 2009.
First To Win Asian Cadet Fencing
On 17 Jul 2009, 16-year-old Rania Rahardja became the first Singaporean to win a gold at the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships held at Republic Polytechnic. Rania, who started fencing just 6 months before, beat South Korea’s Kim Ha Ri 15-13 in the individual women’s epee final. More than 600 top fencers from 24 countries took part in the competition.
First Master Of Arms In Fencing
In 2008, Maestro James Wong was the first Singaporean to be awarded the highest title from the International Fencing Academy – Maître d’armes (Master of Arms). He was a former national champion and coach. Currently, he is the Director of Technique at Z Fencing.
Top Scorer In S-League
1.92m tall Aleksandar Duric is the S-League’s all-time top scorer. By the end of the 2010 season, he had a haul of 351 goals. He first started playing for Tanjong Pagar United in 1999 and for Home United the following year. He later joined Geylang United in 2001 before signing up with the SAF Football Club in 2005. He has won 5 S-League titles, 3 Singapore Cups, 3 top scorer awards and 2 Player-Of-The-Year awards. In 2007, the Bosnia-born Duric became a Singapore citizen.
Largest LED Screen
In Jun 2010, over 2,000 football fans filled Sentosa’s Siloso Beach for the opening day of the Singapore World Cup Festival 2010. Two large high definition LED screens, each measuring 12m by 7m were used during the public screening – which is almost half the length of a basketball court.
Youngest To Play For National Team
Fandi Ahmad was the youngest player to play for the national team when he joined the team in 1978 at the age of 16. His lead role in the Malaysia Cup in 1980 gained a victory for Singapore. With the Singapore national football team, Fandi won 101 caps, scored 52 goals, won 3 SEA Games silver medals and was Captain from 1993 to 1997. When he captained Geylang United team, it won the inaugural S-League title in 1996. When he moved to SAF Football Club, the team won the title in 1997 and 1998.
Biggest Victory At An International Tournament
Singapore trounced Laos 11-0 at the Asean Championship match at the National Stadium on 15 Jan 2007. Noh Alam Shah scored 7 of the 11 goals.
Most Singaporeans At An Away Game
At the Malaysia Cup final on 17 Dec 1994 at the Shah Alam Stadium, 50,000 Singaporeans crossed the Causeway and witnessed Singapore beat Pahang 4-0. Abbas Saad scored a hat-trick before the 81,000-crowd. Fandi Ahmad netted the fourth.
First National Football Match With No Opponent
On 29 Oct 2008, for the first time in Singapore’s football history, a match began with no opponent. The Palestinian team was unable to arrive on time for the World Cup qualifier first-round second leg and they were not contactable to call off the match. The referee blew the final whistle seconds after the kick-off. Despite a goal-less match, the match was awarded to Singapore 3-0.
First To Play In An English Football Club
Noh Alam Shah of Tampines Rovers was the first Singaporean to play in an English football club. He began his stint with the League Two club, Notts County in Jul 2002.
First Footballer To Play In Europe
Fandi Ahmad played for Niac Mitra (Indonesia) in 1982 and moved to FC Groningen (Netherlands) from 1983-1985. He managed Pelita Jaya (Indonesia) from 2006-2010. He is also the first Singaporean millionaire sports person and first sports person to have a published biography.
Referee Of The Most World Cup Matches
Shamsul Maidin officiated in 3 preliminary matches in the Jun 2006 World Cup and was the first referee to be awarded a second and third match by FIFA. He was also the first Singaporean to officiate in 3 World Cup matches.
First Women Football Coaches
Catherine Chung Wei Yin was the first Singaporean woman to qualify as a football coach. She started teaching football in Jagoh Primary School in 1994. The first woman in Singapore to qualify as football coach was Mary Deak from Germany who was trained under English coach Trevor Hartley in 1978. Deak taught in Corporation Primary School.
Largest Football Spectator Crowd
In the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals on 13 May 1975, Singapore won 2-0 over Malaysia in front of 73,000 fans. That was the largest football spectator crowd to have ever gathered in the National Stadium. The next largest was in 1977, when Singapore won 2-1 over Selangor in the Malaysia Cup semi-final first-leg match in front of a 65,000 strong crowd at the stadium.
First Soccer Referee At World Cup Finals
George Suppiah became the first Singaporean to referee a major international soccer event when he served at the 1974 World Cup finals in Germany. His career spanned 43 international ‘A’ matches from 1953 to 1978.
Centre-half Lee Kok Seng played as captain of the Singapore football team for 11 years from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s.
Biggest Defeat At An International Tournament
Singapore faced a 0-9 defeat at the hands of Burma in 1969 during the Merdeka Tournament.
First Singapore Football League
SAFA organised the Singapore Football League in 1904. The First Battalion Manchester ¬Regiment took the first league title. The league was wound down in 1961. It was replaced by the National Football League in 1975.
Highest Games Medal By The National Team
The Singapore team, led by Quah Kim Swee, won the bronze medal at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok.
Longest-Serving FAS Administrator
Soh Ghee Soon was the president of SAFA from the early 1950s to the FAS in 1963. He was also the first vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation.
Top Scorer Of An International Team
Chia Boon Leong, born in 1925, is a founding member of the Pasir Panjang Rovers which won all the major trophies offered by the Syonan Sports Association between 1943 and 1945, and won the SAFA local league in 1948. The 1.6m footballer joined Lien Hwa (United Chinese) team for its Dec 1947 tour of Asia. During the 42-day tour, the team played 23 games, winning 16, and Chia finished as the top goal-scorer and the only player to feature in all the games. Nicknamed ‘Twinkletoes’, in 1948, Chia joined the China team to play at the London Olympics.
First Singaporean At The Olympic Games
Footballer Chua Boon Lay went for trials at the 1936 Berlin Games, making him the first Singaporean to participate in the Olympics. However, he was playing for the All-China football team.
Player With Most Malaya Cup Appearances
Full-back Abdul Rahman appeared in 9 Malaya Cup finals from 1933 to 1950.
Largest Singapore Victory In The Malaya Cup
Singapore trounced Selangor 8-2 at the Anson Stadium in the 1933 Malaya Cup finals. Inside-forward Chia Keng Hock scored a hat-trick in the match.
First Malaya Cup Final
The first-ever Malaya Cup finals was played in 1921. Singapore beat Selangor 2-1 to win the first Cup. Both teams fielded a good number of Europeans. The football tournament was initiated by servicemen of the battleship, HMS Malaya, in 1920 and became an inter-state tournament the following year. It was later renamed the Malaysia Cup.
Oldest Football Association
Singapore Amateur Football Association (SAFA), formed on 29 Aug 1892, is the oldest football association in the whole of Asia. It became the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in 1952.
First Professional Football League
The first professional football league in Singapore was launched in 1996. It was called the S-League. Geylang United was the first S-League champion. SAF Football Club won the most number of league titles.
Most Number Of Penalty Kicks
Together with partners Boys’ Town, Assumption English School and St Andrew’s Secondary School, Aon Singapore set a world record of 364 consecutive penalty kicks on 15 Jul 2010.
Largest Sports Sponsorship In History
Barclays sponsored the US$6 million Singapore Open, Asia’s richest national Open, with more world rankings points up for grabs than any other event. Since the sponsorship began in 2006, the tournament has witnessed an ever-increasing field of players and size of prize purse.
Highest Golf Prize Winnings
For the year 2010, Mardan Mamat earned a whopping S$775,343 in prize money after 16 years of professional playing.
Youngest To Achieve Hole-In-One
Jordan Tsan, 8, hit a 7-wood off the 87m sixth hole at the Mandai public course on 26 Jan 2007. Tsan was a Poi Ching Primary School pupil.
First Double Holes-In-One
Two golfing brothers aced the same hole during a round at the Sembawang Country Club, defying odds of 17 million to one. Chiang Hock Woo, 48, and Chiang Hock Tew, 46, got their first-ever holes-in-one within minutes of each other at the 135m (147-yard), par-3 second hole on 31 Jan 2006. They were in a foursome with two American friends.
First To Win An Asian Open
Mardan Mamat was the first Singapore golfer to capture an Asian Open title when he won the Indian Open in Apr 2004. He was also the first Singaporean to qualify for the Dynasty Cup tournament. In 1997, he was the first Singaporean golfer to play in the British Open.
First To Win The European Tour
Mardan Mamat made history on 12 Mar 2006 when he won the US$1 million Osim Singapore Masters by one stroke from titleholder Nick Dougherty. Mardan became the first local player to win the co-sanctioned Singapore Masters in its six-year history at Laguna National Golf and Country Club and also the first Singaporean winner on the European Tour, receiving US$166,660 from the victory.
First Inter-School Golf Tournament
The first-ever Inter-School Golf Tournament was held in Mar 2002. 80 students participated.
Largest Golf Organisation
OAAG was established in Singapore in 1998. It has grown to become the world’s largest golf club without real estate. It provides golf concierge with its multi-lingual 24-hr call centres to its worldwide membership of over 23 million golfers. It has access to 13,000 or one-third of all the golf clubs in the world.
First SEA Games Golf Gold
Samson Gimson is the only Singaporean golfer to win a gold in the history of the SEA Games when he took it in 1989.
First Golf Game
The first golf game was played on 17 Jun 1891 at the race course in Farrer Park. Justice Sir John Tankerville Goldney and other members of the Sporting Club played the inaugural game to the forming of the Singapore Golf Club at Farrer Park.
First To Win Singapore Amateur Open
Samson Gimson was the first Singapore amateur golfer to win the Singapore Amateur Open in 1989. The second was Choo Tze Huang, who won it in Aug 2005. Gimson was also the first Singapore golfer to play the Japanese circuit when he cleared the Japanese Tour Qualifying School in 1992.
First Woman To Win Singapore Open
Kee Bee Khim became the first Asian woman golfer, at the age of 18, to win the Singapore Island Country Club Tournament for women in 1971. In 1972, she became the first Singaporean to win the Singapore Open Women’s Golf Championship. In 1981, she scored SICC’s first hole-in-one in the Singapore Ladies’ Open Championship.
First Golf Club
The Singapore Golf Club was formed in Jun 1891 at the race course (now Farrer Park). The Supreme Court judge, Sir John Tankerville Goldney was its first president. The entrance fee was $2, while the annual subscription was $6, with a club membership of 150. Women were only allowed to play on Tuesdays. In 1932, it moved to the water catchment area and was named the Island Club. Subsequently this became the Singapore Island Country Club.
First Gymnastic Olympian
Lim Heem Wei, an NUS undergrad, participated in the 2012 London Olympics. Lim’s highest achievement was a silver medal for balance beam at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She bagged 2 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze in SEA Games from 2003 to 2011.
First SEA Games Joint Gold Medallists
Identical twins Nicole and Tabitha Tay created SEA Games history on 9 Dec 2007 when they were crowned joint gold medallists in the women’s artistic gymnastics all-round finals at Korat, Thailand. Both chalked up identical scores of 54.20.
First Gymnastics Team Gold
The first gold won by a team in gymnastics was at the 2005 SEA Games in Manila. Sisters Lee Wen Si and Lee Wen Ling, identical twins Nicole and Tabitha Tay, Lim Heem Wei and Nur Atikah Nabilah captured the women’s artistic team title with a score of 128.195 points.
Youngest Gold Medallist In An International Tournament
The youngest gold medal winner in gymnastics was at the 1988 Asean Schools Gymnastics Championship in Bangkok, won by Eileen Chai Ee Juang at age 10.
Youngest Competitor In The SEA Games
The youngest person in the SEA Games is gymnast Eileen Chai Ee Juang. She was only 7 when she competed in the 1985 SEA Games in Bangkok.
First Gold Medallist In An International Tournament
Yip Kwan Tai won the first gold medal for gymnastics at the 1979 SEA Games in Jakarta.
Gold Medal For Underwater Hockey
Joey Carpio helped Singapore’s Stirling Underwater Hockey Club clinch a gold medal (elite mixed division) and 2 silvers (elite men and women) in Nov 2008 for the Asian championships in Manila.
First International Unicycle Hockey Tournament
The first Asia-Pacific Unicycling Convention (APUC) was held in Singapore on 3- 4 Nov 2007. Foreign participating countries included Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia.
First Woman In IOC
Annabel Pennefather captained the women’s hockey team for more than 10 years. She was the first woman to be named president of the Singapore Hockey Federation in 1981 and the first woman Olympic Chef de Mission when she led the Singapore athletes to Athens in 2004. She was also the first Singaporean woman to join the International Olympic Council in 2005.
First Unicycle Hockey Match
Singapore’s first ever unicycle hockey match was played at Singapore Polytechnic’s soccer court on 19 Nov 2002.
First SEA Games Hockey Gold
Melanie Martens scored the winning goal against the Malaysians in the 1993 SEA Games and brought home the first hockey gold for Singapore.
Best Hockey Team
In 1956, Singapore sent 18 of its hockey players to the Olympic Games in Melbourne. The hockey team finished eighth position. Hockey legend Percy Pennefather played centre-forward in the games.
First Hockey Association
The Singapore Hockey Association was formed and registered on 8 Jul 1931. At the time, the association was affiliated with the English Hockey Association.
Fastest Horse Running 1000m
Don Baertschiger’s 3-year-old Lago Bay broke the 1000m track record on 22 Jul 2009, stopping the clock at 59 sec.
First To Achieve 1,000 Wins On MRA Circuit
In Nov 2007, jockey Saimee Jumaat ¬became the first local rider to achieve 1,000 wins on the Malayan Racing Association circuit. The association was formed in 1896 to regulate and coordinate racing at the 4 turf clubs in Penang, Perak, Selangor and Singapore.
First Woman To Take Part In Singapore Gold Cup
Sheryl Cheam was the first female jockey to take part in Singapore Gold Cup held on 12 Nov 2006 riding a horse named Big Easy. She was the only female jockey in the 2,200m race that first made its debut in 1924.
Largest Racing Prize
The annual Singapore Airlines International Cup (SIA Cup) was started in 2000 in conjunction with the official opening of the new Singapore Race Course in Kranji. With a purse of S$3 million, the race attracted some of the best horses from around the world to compete in the 2,000m race. Local jockey Saimee Jumaat won the prize riding on Ouzo.
First Race Course
The first horse racing course in Singapore was located at Farrer Park. It was called Singapore Race Course and was founded in 1843. The race course was relocated to Bukit Timah Road in 1935 and to Kranji in 2001.
First Horse Race
The first horse race took place on 23 Feb 1843 at Farrer Park and the prize-money was $150.
Most Bemedalled Judoka
Ho Yen Chye won a total of 7 medals, including a gold medal at the 1987 SEA Games. He bagged a medal for every outing at the Asian and SEA Games from 1983 to 1991. Ho was also national champion for 9 consecutive years in the heavyweight category, from 1984 to 1992.
First Judo Olympian
9th dan KS Moorthy won a gold for Singapore at the 1965 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. Moorthy participated in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Ang Teck Bee (father of swimmer Ang Peng Siong) once defeated an opponent in a judo -tournament held between Malaysia and Singapore in a record time of 8 sec, using an uchimata (inner thigh) throw. He won gold medals in the heavyweight and open categories in judo competitions between Singapore and Malaysia in the early 1960s. He represented Singapore in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics but was disqualified at the last minute because he did not make the weight stipulation for the heavyweight division.
First Judo Club
In 1904, a group of Japanese came together to form the first Judo Club along Bras Basah Road. Tsunejiro Akishima was the chief instructor.
Most Prolific Marathoner
On 8 Jan 2012, stockbroker Mohandas Kandiah, 51, completed his 148th marathon when he finished the Cebu City Marathon. He started marathon running at the age of 34 and toured Asia, Europe and America to join international races.
Largest Sponsorship For A Running Event
Standard Chartered Bank is sponsoring S$9.75 million towards the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore for 2011 to 2013.
Oldest Marathon Runner
Richard Khoo was the oldest participant at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. The retired civil servant was 81 when he participated in the 2004 marathon. He has taken part in over 40 marathons.
First Marathon Blade Runner
Shariff Abdullah was born in 1968 without a left foot below the knee and at 6, he was fitted with an artificial leg. In 2009, he started using the carbon fibre Ossur Flex-Foot and trained for long-distance running. He completed a full marathon in Dec 2009 at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. He is the the first mobility-impaired athlete in Asia to complete the Boston Marathon in USA on 16 Apr 2012.
Longest Multi-Day Ultra-Marathoner
Charlotte Teoh completed and came in fourth, among women, in the inaugural International Tour De Taiwan Ultra-Marathon from 30 Mar to 12 Apr 2013. Spanning 14 days, it was a 1,100-km clockwise run around Taiwan island, the toughest of such race in Asia to date. 49 males and 6 females were at the start of the race. In the final day, only 23 crossed the finishing line (19 males, 4 females).
Fastest 218-km Ultra-Marathon Runner (Male)
Yong Yuen Cheng ran 218 km in a time of 31 hr 28 min 51 sec at the Run Round Singapore event from 27-28 Mar 2010.
Asia’s First Night Marathon & Double Marathon
More than 6,000 runners took part in the inaugural Adidas Sundown Marathon, organised by HiVelocity on 31 May 2008. Participants started and ended at Changi Beach Park. At the same event, runners could also do the double marathon.
Longest Single-Stage Ultra-Marathoner
In Dec 2009, Terence Chiew, 33, became the first Singaporean to complete the Trans 333, a 333-km run across the Sahara Desert. In Nov 2010, he went for the Trans 555, the world’s longest single stage race across the desert. Starting in Egypt, he managed an estimated 350 km before unbearable pains forced him to drop out of the race. He was officially recognised as a Trans 333 finisher, receiving his second such an award.
Fastest Double Marathon Runners
At the Sundown Marathon from 29-30 May 2010, top local Benny Goh completed the 84-km race in 7 hr 27 min 43 sec, while Anne Qi Hui, 29, won the women’s ultramarathon in 8 hr 4 sec.
Oldest Person To Complete Double Marathon
58-year-old Yap Swee Liong completed the Adidas Sundown Marathon on 1 Jun 2008. Yap was the oldest person to run the 84-km race, completing it in 11 hr 10 min 31 sec.
Fastest Off-Road 50-Km Marathon
Lexxus Tan achieved a record time of 4 hr 26 min 13 sec in The North Face 100 on 13 Oct 2012. The race took runners through a mix of undulating road, gravel, clay and stone tracks in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and parts of military training grounds. From 2008 to 2011, in a duo format, Tan and his partner had also emerged as the winning pair in the 50-km race. Tan is a trainer at F1 Runners’ Team.
NTU Alumni Affairs Office organised the longest foot race ever in Singapore. 5 men completed the gruelling 218 km from 27- 28 Mar 2010. They are Yong Yuen Cheng, Chua Kok Chiow, Melvin Lee, Lim Nghee Huat, and Teng Teck Hou. Another 9,000 runners did shorter distances. The Run Round Singapore event was to mark NTU’s 55th anniversary.
First To Complete 4-Deserts Series
Leow Kah Shin was the first Singaporean to conquer the 4-Deserts challenge – a quartet of self-supported 250-km runs across the Gobi, Atacama, Sahara and Antarctica. He has battled the driest, hottest, windiest and coldest places on Earth; covering more than 1,000 km over a 13-month period in 2007-2008.
First To Complete Death Valley Challenge
Lim Nghee Huat and Yong Yuen Cheng did the 217-km run across Death Valley, through extreme temperatures of up to 55 deg C and a vertical elevation of 4,000m from 19-21 Jul 2007. Both successfully scaled the summit of Whitney Portal to complete the race, Lim in a time of 51.49 hr and Yong in 54.39 hr. They were the first from South-East Asia to participate in the challenge.
Fastest 100-Km Ultra Marathon
The first Singaporean to finish 100 km of Sundown Ultra Marathon was 30-year-old Ewin Teo who finished the gruelling race at 9 hr 12 min 53 sec. Sumiko Tan complete the run in 10 hr 23 min 28 sec. The race was held from 25-26 Jun 2011.
Singapore’s fastest marathoner is Murigiah Rameshon. At the 1995 SEA Games in Chiang Mai, Thailand, he clocked in a personal best of 2 hr 24 min 22 sec. He has competed in more than 20 marathons.
First Woman To Clock Under 3 Hr In A Marathon
Toh So Liang ran the 42.195-km distance in 2 hr 53 min 9 sec during the 1989 Mobil Marathon.
The Singapore Marathon was first held in 1982 and was won by Raymond Crabb from England in a time of 2 hr 24 min 19 sec. From 1982 to 1998, the marathon was held once in two years. Since 1999 it has been held annually.
First Local To Win MMA
Quek Kim Hock, aka The Hulk, won the Mixed Martial Arts tournament when he beat American fighter Major Overall in One Fighting Championship. MMA is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, including boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, muay thai, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, judo, kung fu and other styles. The tournament was held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on 31 Mar 2012.
First Tajiquan Asian Games Medallist
May Tan Mui Buay won the gold medal in the taijiquan category in the 17th SEA Games in 1993. She won the bronze medal in the Hiroshima Asian Games of 1994. Prior to that, she was first in the National Wushu Championship in 1989 and 1991 for taiji sword and in 1991 for taijiquan.
Most Martial Arts Golds At SEA Games
Wushu exponent Goh Qiu Bin was wushu’s first Sportsman of the Year in 2006. Goh has won 3 golds at consecutive SEA Games and a bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games.
First Gold Medallist At SEA Games
See Ah Hoon became the first Singaporean to win a gold medal in wushu at the 1991 SEA Games held in Manila. She won the broadsword event.
First TV Artiste With SEA Games Golds
Vincent Ng Cheng Hye was a gold medallist in the 3rd World Wushu Championship 1995. He also clinched the gold at the 1993 and 1997 SEA Games. In 1997, he took part in MediaCorp’s Star Search and became an actor. He was voted one of the Top Ten Most Popular Male Artistes in 2000 and 2001.
First World Wushu Champions
The Singapore trio of Tao Yi Jun, Tay Yu Juan and Emily Sin clinched the duilian title at the World Wushu Championships in Turkey in Oct 2011. Duilian is a choreographed form of fighting for 2 or 3 exponents, using either bare-hands or with weapons.
First Pugilistic Competition
The first pugilistic competition, held at the Gay World Stadium from 21-27 May 1967, consisted of 3 sections: pugilistic arts, lion dance and dragon dance. It was jointly organised by 32 pugilistic organisations and the People’s Association.
First Martial Arts Developed In Singapore
Tan Seng Lee was the person responsible for setting up the Singapore Unarmed Training Institute in Marine Parade in 1966, with 10 students. Tan taught Khong Chang, which literally means ‘empty palm’. He improved on the self-defence art developed earlier by his father, Tan Siew Cheng. At its peak in the 1990s, the school had more than 2,000 students. Tan passed away in Dec 2008.
First Female MMA Fighter
On 31 Mar 2012, Nicole Chua thrilled the crowd at Singapore Indoor Stadium when she beat India’s Jeet Toshi in the Mixed Martial Arts event, One Fighting Championship. Chua, an accountant, became the first Singaporean female to win the sport tournament just after 2 min 7 sec of the opening session.
First Red Bull Rookies Racer
After the final time trail at the Sepang International Circuit on 27 Jun 2011, Emmiline Ang became the first from Singapore to join the female Red Bull Rookies Team. The programme, which started in 2007, to search for Malaysian female drivers for endurance races like the Sepang 1,000km Race, has now been expanded to include ladies from Singapore and Brunei.
First Formula One Night Race
The first pugilistic competition, held at the Gay World Stadium from 21-27 May 1967, consisted of 3 sections: pugilistic arts, lion dance and dragon dance. It was jointly organised by 32 pugilistic organisations and the People’s Association.
Most Prolific Race Driver
After the final time trail at the Sepang International Circuit on In 2008, Melvin Choo was the first Singapore race driver to have competed in the final 2 rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. He drove for the Thunder Asia Racing Team in a BMW 320si with a best- placed result of 20th at Okayama Circuit, Japan. He also finished second in Division Two of the Asian Touring Car Championship in 2008, after finishing third in 2007. Other races he participated in 2008 included the Aston Martin Asia Cup, and finishing as runner-up in Class B of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. From 2009 to 2010, he raced in the Super GT Series.
Longest Motor Rally
The Singapore Airlines London-Sydney Rally covers 31,107 km. The rally was won on 28 Sep 1977 by a British team comprising Andrew Cowan, Colin Malkin and Michael Broad in a Mercedes 280E. The Singapore team was represented by Vincent Wong, Hoe Ah Seng and Teoh Tee Hoo driving a Mini Clubman.
First Malayan Grand Prix
The Malayan Grand Prix was organised in 1962 by the then Ministry of Culture. Its first winner was Jaguar driver, Yong Nam Kee. When Singapore gained independence, it formed its own Grand Prix with the first races held from 9-11 Apr 1966. Lee Han Seng, driving a Lotus 22 won the race. The Singapore Grand Prix lasted until 1973.
First International Motor Sport Winner
Denis Lian became the first Singaporean to win an international motor sport title in 2002 when he won the Asian Formula 2000 Series. He was the first to compete in Europe when he participated in the Formula Palmer Audi Euroseries in 2005. He had also competed in the 2006/2007 A1 Grand Prix.
Fastest Under-12 Kart Driver
Andrew Tang Li-Hern, a 10-year-old boy from St Michael’s School, clinched the Asian Karting Championships title in Macau in 2005. He averaged 55.4 sec for 12 laps at the region’s leading karting championship and managed to clinch the title in the Formula Cadet 85 category.
First Grand Prix
The Orient Year Grand Prix was held in 1961 at the Thomson Road 4.865-km circuit which encompassed Old Upper Thomson Road. It included both car and motorcycle races. It was won by Ian Barnwell in an Aston Martin DB3S.
Highest Netball Achievements
The Singapore national netball team was ranked 12th in the 1999 World Championships. It was the highest ranking Singapore had ever achieved. The Singapore Youth Team of 1994 won the First Asian Youth Netball Championships.
Only Recipient Of IFNA Service Award
Mrs Daisy Tan was presented with the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) Service Award in 1987, for exceptional service to the federation.
First Hosting Of World Championship
In 1983, Singapore became the first Asian country to host, as well as participate in, the World Netball Championships.
First To Win The World 420-Class Title
On 31 Jul 2010, national sailors Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng were crowned the International 420 World Sailing champions in Haifa, Israel. They managed to claim the title after holding off challenges from the rest of the fleet of 84 and finally finished with a score of 36 points, 19 points ahead of the closest rival.
Largest Sailing Team At Olympics
6 sailors from Singapore qualified for 4 events (470 men and women, Laser standard and Laser radial) to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games. They were Xu Yuan Zhen, Terence Koh, Toh Liying, Deborah Ong, Koh Seng Leong and Lo Man Yi.
First Sailors Selected For The America’s Cup
Singaporeans Charles Lim and Tan Wearn Haw became the first sailors to be selected for the America’s Cup, dubbed as the world’s most prestigious regatta. It was hosted at Valencia, Spain, in 2007. The 2 sailors were part of the 17-man China Team, the first Chinese challenge in the history of the Cup. Lim and Tan won a 470 bronze at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.
First Optimist Girls’ World Champion
Griselda Khng was the first to win the Optimist Girls’ World Championship on 9 Jan 2007. She was the second Asian to do so.
First To Win The Laser 4.7 World Championship
Colin Cheng, 16, and Victoria Chan, 15, won the boys’ and girls’ events respectively at the Laser 4.7 World and European Championships in Hourtin, France in Jul 2006.
First Team To Win The Optimist World Championship
In Jan 2007, Sean Lee, Timothy Seet, Russell Kan, Rachel Lee and Griselda Khng won the team title at the Optimist World Championship in Uruguay. This was also Asia’s first win in the 45-year history of the event.
Most Medals At Asian Games
Singapore’s sailors won 5 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. The golds were collected by Colin Cheng (Laser 4.7), Maximilian Soh (Laser men), Lim Tze Ting and Sarah Tan Wei Lin (420 women), Justin Liu Xiaman and Sherman Cheng (420 men), Justin Wong, Ivan Tan, Renfred Tay, Roy Tay and Teo Wee Chin (Beneteau 7.5 Open).
First To Win The Hobie 16 Class World Championship
The first Singaporeans to achieve golds in a Hobie 16 class competition at an international sailing meet, the 2006 Kieler Woche Regatta were Melcolm Huang and Chung Pei Quan. The event ran for 9 days and was held off the Baltic Sea.
First Round-The-World Clipper Race
The crew from Uniquely Singapore finished fifth in the 35,000-nautical-mile race around the globe. Starting on 18 Sep 2005 in Singapore, the race ended in Liverpool, UK on 29 Jul 2006. The Dubois 68 racing yacht was manned by a crew of 18, some of whom took part in the entire circumnavigation race while others took part in certain legs of the race.
First Team To Win All Titles In An Optimist Event
The first Asian Optimist team to secure top honours for all events was recorded during the 2005 International Optimist Dinghy Association Asian Optimist Event. Sean Lee and Jovina Choo came in first in the boys’ and girls’ events respectively. They were also in the winning team with fellow Singaporeans Timothy Seet, Justin Liu Xiaman and Griselda Khng.
Youngest Gold Medallist At A Sailing Meet
The youngest Singaporean to win a sailing gold medal was Sarah Tan Wei Lin at the 2001 SEA Games 420 girls sailing event. She was only 12 then. Her other achievements include a bronze at the 2002 Asian Games and a gold with partner Lim Tze Ting at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.
Most Olympics Competed By A Sailor
Siew Shaw Her is the only Singapore sailor who has been to 3 Olympic Games. Partnering Joseph Chan in the 470 event at the Busan Olympics in 1988, their boat together with many other boats capsized in 35-knot winds. He also represented Singapore in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
First To Win The ISAF Youth World Championships
Teo Wee Chin and Terence Koh achieved Asia’s, as well as Singapore’s first gold for an international youth sailing competition. They were 18 and 17 respectively when they emerged victorious in the 420 boys’ event at the 2005 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship held in Busan, South Korea.
First Asian Woman To Cross The Atlantic Solo
The first Asian female sailor to complete the Mini Transat sailing boat race was Elaine Chua San-San. She single-handedly sailed 4,153.85 km across the Atlantic Ocean in Nov 2005 from Brest, France to Martinique, West Indies.
First To Win The World Byte Championships
In 2004, Calvin Lim, 15, won the World Byte Championship in Canada. In 2006, Nicholas de Cruz, 16, and Elizabeth Yin, 14, triumphed in the boys’ and girls’ events respectively at the World Byte Championship in Bermuda.
Youngest Sailing Medallist At Asian Games
At the age of 15, Roy Tay Junhao won a bronze medal at the Optimist class at the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998, earning him the title, SSportsboy of the Year in 1999.
First Asian Games Yachting Medals
David Low and James Tham won the silver in the Fireball class and Yeo See Teck won the Moth class during the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok.
First Asian Games Gold Medallist
Benedict Tan won the sailing gold medal at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima. The young doctor was so well ahead of his competitors in the Laser class, that he didn’t even have to sail the final race. He was also the first recipient of a S$250,000-cash award under the SNOC’s Multi Million Dollar Award Programme. Tan was awarded Sportsman of the Year thrice – in 1992, 1995 and 1996.
Highest Rated Boardsailor
Kelly Chan was ranked the world’s number one boardsailor in the Raceboard Lightweight class by the International Boardsailing Association in 1992. This came after Chan won the SEA Games gold in Manila in 1989 and led the Singapore team to finish second in the 1989 Windsurf World Festival championship in Italy. He was also champion at the Lindorf World Festival in 1992. In 1982, Chan won the Siam World Cup Championship and represented Singapore at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. An aircraft technician with the Air Force, Chan also won the European Masters and World Masters in 1994.
First Asian Games Team Golds
Joan Huang and Naomi Tan, a student-teacher pair, won a gold in the International 420 class at the 13th Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. The men’s team comprising Siew Shaw Her and Colin Ng also won the gold in the same event.
Top Commonwealth Games Shooter
Gai Bin returned from the 2010 Commonwealth Games with 5 medals in his bag. He achieved 1 gold, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes for various air pistol competitions.
First Female Olympic Shooter
Khatijah Surattee achieved a silver in the 1991 SEA Games in Manila. She took part in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She was Sportswoman of the Year in 1988.
First Perfect Score In Women’s 10m Shooting
Martina Lindsay Veloso became the first Asean marksperson to shoot a perfect score of 400 in the women’s 10-m air rifle event. She gave a flawless performance on 1 Feb 2013 at the HomeTeamNS Invitation shoot in Bukit Batok.
First Asian Games Shooting Team Medal
The women’s air rifle team of Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei, Adrienne Ser Xiang Ying and Vanessa Yong Yu Zhen came through with a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games at Doha.
Only Asian Games Shooting Gold Medallist
Frederick Benjamin de Souza won the only Asian Games gold for Singapore in 1962 with 583 points, missing the Asian Games record by one point. His event was the small bore rifle prone 50m. He scored 593 points at the pre-Games trials for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics but passed away a few months before the actual event.
Top SEA Games Shooter
Lee Wung Yew is a 15-time SEA Games gold medallist. He finished 20th at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, USA.
Longest Suspension On A Referee
Silat referee Jasni Salam was given a 10-yr suspension due to his controversial decisions when officiating the men’s Class A 45-50kg final at the 2011 SEA Games. He was criticised for letting the Indonesian fighter win over the Thai opponent despite the former displaying unsportsmanship-like conduct.
Best Performance At An International Competition
The largest haul of medals by a local silat team for an international tournament was achieved at the World Pencak Silat Championships held in Singapore on 12-19 Dec 2004. The team won 4 golds, 4 silvers and 9 bronzes.
Longest Competitive Female Athlete
Rafeah Rashid represented Singapore in international silat championships (senior category) for 11 years from 1990 to 2001.
Most World Silat Titles
Sheik Alau’ddin bin Yacoob Marican, at 23, won the first world silat title in 1990 at the International Malaysia Open Championships. He also won the 1990 and 1994 Pencak Silat World Championships. From 1987 to 1999, his achievements included 11 golds, 2 silvers, and 3 bronzes from several tournaments.
First Olympic-Size Ice Skating Rink
JCube opened on 2 Apr 2012 with Singapore’s first Olympic-size ice rink. The 60m by 30m rink, with a 460-seat gallery, is designed to host activities such as recreational skating, figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey.
First Synthetic Ice Skating Rink
In 2010, the first synthetic ice skating rink was installed at Stamford American International School at Lorong Chuan. In collaboration with the Singapore Ice Hockey Association (SIHA), the school aimed to make ice skating and ice hockey available to students. The ‘ice’ consisted of interlocking squares of white plastic, which had been sprayed with a mixture of silicone and water to allow normal ice skates to slide across the surface. The 20m by 10m rink was built at a cost of $65,000.
First Competion Skate Park
Located at East Coast Park is the Xtreme SkatePark @ East Coast which opened on 9 Jul 2009. Costing S$7.6 million, it was built and designed to international competition standards with the help of Convic Design, an Australian professional skate park consultancy.
Longest Inline Skating Power Slide
Phua Zhen Yu recorded a distance of 31.5m in executing a power slide at the Activade inline skating competition at Cineleisure Orchard on 27 May 2006.
Longest Flatland Jump In Inline Skating
Sebastian Soong jumped a distance of 4m in the flatland jump in an inline skating competition at Cineleisure Orchard on 27 May 2006. The competition was organised by Activade sports juice beverage.
Longest Distance Covered In 24 Hr
Sandy Snakenberg broke the 24-hr speed skating world record by skating 504.92 km from 30-31 Oct 1999 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. In 1991, he won the longest single-day race in the world, skating 138 miles from Fresno, California, to Bakersfield in 9 hr 22 min. Snakenberg currently runs AG Sports and Skate Pro training programmes in Singapore.
First International Figure Skating Competitor
16-year-old Sarah Paw’s participation in the Mexico Cup 2008 in Mexico City on 13 Sep 2008 made her the first Singaporean ever to enter an International Skating Union’s Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating.
First International Figure Skating Medallist
14-year-old Anja Chong was the first to win an international medal when she won a bronze at the Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge in Thailand on 26 Oct 2008. She was the first Singaporean to compete in the World Junior Figure Skating Championships held from 24 Feb to 1 Mar 2009 at Sofia, Bulgaria.
Top Speed Skipper
Ariel Yue currently holds about half of all the national speed skipping records. She achieved 170 skips in the 30-sec alternate-feet (2011), 84 skips in the 30-sec double-under (2009), 120 skips in the 60-sec open-cross (2009), and 796 skips in the 3-min event (2011). Together with Aidal Jasmin, and her sisters Rachel and Amy, the Jumping Jewels team broke the 30-sec Double Dutch record with 198 skips in Tokyo on 27-28 Mar 2010.
Most Consecutive Double-Under Skips
Rachel Baby Yue achieved 318 consecutive double-under skips at the AerobicsWorld Masters Championship held on 1 Jul 2007. A double-under skip is done by turning the rope under the feet twice in one skip until a double-under is missed. There is no time limit.
Most Consecutive Triple-Under Skips
At the 6th Asian Rope Skipping Championships in Seoul on 22 Jul 2011, Chen Jun Xiang achieved 98 consecutive triple-under skips. A triple-under skip is done by turning the rope under the feet thrice in one skip until a triple-under is missed. There is no time limit.
Most Skips By An Individual In 1 Hr
15-year-old Aloysius Sim did 11,831 skips in 1 hr at Changi Simei CC on 20 Dec 2009. The event was part of the South East Skipping Challenge.
Most Double-Under Double-Dutch Skips (Team)
The team comprising Foo Ji Mei, Peh Xueli and Amanda Khoo Ai Hui achieved 144 skips at the National Double Dutch Open double-under held on 24 Feb 2007. In a double-under, both ropes pass under the jumpers’ feet on each jump.
Most Number Of People Skipping On 1 Rope At The Same Time
6 people skipped simultaneously using a single skipping rope at Hong Wen School on 19 Nov 2009. They skipped continuously for 1 min without any mistake.
Most Double-Dutch Skips In 2 Min (Team Relay)
The team from Rulang Primary School – Ben Ong, Goh Wei-An, Chung Yu Cheng and Daniel Chan equalled the games record for the double dutch 4 x 30 sec relay with 556 skips. They competed in the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games held in the United States in Aug 2008.
Most Medals At An International Competition
Singapore bagged 2 golds in rope skipping at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games held in the United States in Aug 2008. Ben Ong clinched gold in the individual freestyle for the 10-year-old category. Ong together with Goh Wei-An, Chung Yu Cheng and Daniel Chan won the double dutch event with 556 skips. The Singapore team also took 7 silver and 7 bronze medals.
Top Squash Player
From 1980 to 1989, Zainal Abidin was one of the world’s top squash players. He won the East Asian Squash Championship title 9 times and was also a 3-time Japan Open champion. His best achievement was in a team event, when in 1986, he led Singapore from nowhere to sixth in the World Team Championship. Singapore went on to become seventh in 1987 and ninth in 1989.
First National Squash Tournament
The earliest squash championship was held at the Police Training School (former Police Academy), Mount Pleasant, in 1973. The winner was Hussein Ibrahim, a policeman, who went on to win the national title 4 times.
Most People Sport Stacking At Multiple Locations In One Day
The world’s largest sport stacking event was held on 12 Nov 2009 drawing 276,053 participants from around the globe stacking cups for at least 30 min. The Guinness record was initiated by the World Sport Stacking Association and Singapore participated with 999 stackers at ITE College East.
First International Medallists
5 Ngee Ann Primary School boys clinched 1 gold and 4 silvers in the 2008 World Sport Stacking Championships in Colorado in Apr 2008. Arnold Teo, Leon Goh, Shasqil Sofyan and brothers Lee Yan Ru and Lee Yan Liang emerged as first runner-up in the under-11 division. Arnold Teo, Shasqil and Lee Yan
Liang also won gold, silver and bronze medals in the respective events.
First School To Introduce Sport Stacking
Chua Chu Kang Primary School first introduced their students to sport stacking during a school assembly on 11 Mar 2004. Sport stacking was later made into one of the activities on the school’s sport day.
First Inter-School Sport Stacking Competition
The first inter-school sport stacking competition was held at Fairfield Methodist Primary School on 6 Jul 2005. 79 students from 3 schools – Fairfield Methodist Primary School, Naval Base Primary School and Raffles Girls Primary School – took part in the competition called ‘Crazy-Cups Challenge 2005’. In the following year, 10 schools competed at Ngee Ann Primary School.
Fastest Butterfly Swimmer
Joseph Schooling holds the most men’s swimming records, including all three butterfly records. By May 2013, he has broken the butterfly 50m record (24.06 sec), 100m (52.33 sec) and 200m (1 min 56.67 sec). In USA, he also achieved the 200m freestyle record (1 min 49.47 sec) and the 200m individual medley record (2 min 3.26 sec). A former ACS boy, he now studies in Bolles School, USA.
Longest Competitive Career
Joscelin Yeo Wei Ling has the longest competitive swimming career of any swimmer in Singapore. She started competing at the age of 7. She won her first international medal at the 1991 Manila SEA Games at the age of 12, when she collected 2 silvers and 3 bronzes. She won 9 gold medals at the 1993 SEA Games in Singapore at the age of 14. In 2007, at 28 years, she announced her retirement from competitions.
Shortest Sequence Of Two National Swimming Records
Quah Zheng Wen, 15, surprised even himself by clocking 4 min 21.70 sec in the 400m individual medley and 2 min 1.18 sec in the 200m backstroke. The two national marks were achieved within 100 minutes of each other at the Singapore National Age Group Championships on 16 Mar 2012.
Top Swimming Gold Medallist
The only Singaporean to garner 40 gold medals at international competitions is Joscelin Yeo Wei Ling. She is also the sportsperson with the most gold medals garnered from competing at the SEA Games and the Asian Games.
Most Number Of Olympic Games Participated
Joscelin Yeo Wei Ling was the first ¬Singaporean athlete to compete in 4 Olympic Games (1992-2000). She has been Sportswoman of the Year 3 times.
First Hosting Of FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup
The best open water marathon swimmers from around the world came to Singapore to compete in the 10-km race at East Coast Park on 8 Oct 2006. The top Singaporean, in 14th place, was Lim Zhi Cong with a time of 2 hr 20 min 15 sec.
First Synchronised Swimming Event And National Team
The first synchronised swimming event in Singapore was held during the 7th Milo Asian Swimming Championships from 6-9 Mar 2006. A 12-member Singaporean team was reportedly formed just 4 months before the meet, trained and won 2 bronzes at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex. In Jun 2006, Singapore held its inaugural national synchronised swimming meet, which attracted more than 50 participants.
First Inter-School Synchronised Swimming
The first SSA inter-school synchronised swimming competition took place on 25-26 Mar 2010 at CCAB. The overall champion for primary schools was Methodist Girls’ School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School was the overall secondary champion.
First Woman To Reach A World Swimming Finals
In Mar 2007, Singapore Sports School student Tao Li became the first Singapore woman to reach a World Championships final. In Melbourne, she achieved the seventh spot in the women’s 50m butterfly clocking 26.80 sec. Specialising in butterfly and backstroke events, Tao Li won 4 golds at the 2005 SEA Games.
Youngest 100m Swimmer
At the 26-hr NKF Swimathon from 30-31 Mar 2005, 23-month-old Amelia Foo Rui swam 100m unassisted. She was the youngest participant at the event.
Only Swimming World Record
Joscelin Yeo Wei Ling broke the world record time in the 200m medley relay in 1 min 49.23 sec with her University of California teammates at the 2000 NCAA Championships in the States.
Fastest Swimmer Ever
In 1982, Ang Peng Siong set a world record at the US Swimming Championships with a time of 22.69 sec in the 50m freestyle. In the same year he won the gold in the 100m freestyle at the Asian Games in New Delhi. He was crowned Sportsman of the Year from 1983 to 1985. Ang won golds at the SEA Games in 1983 and 1985 for the 100m. He also took the golds in the 1991 and 1993 SEA Games for the 50m freestyle.
First Swimming World Cup Record Holder
Singaporean swimming prodigy Tao Li broke her personal best and the world cup record, clinching first place and setting a new record of 56.28 seconds at the Fina/Arena World Cup in Berlin on 15 Nov 2008.
First Woman To Win 2 Golds At Asian Games
Junie Sng won 2 gold medals at the Asian Games in 1978 in Bangkok. She did the 400m freestyle in 4 min 31.35 sec and the 800m freestyle in 9 min 18.33 sec. The 400m freestyle record was incredibly broken by more than 4 sec. At 14, she was also the youngest ever to win golds in the Asian Games series.
First Sportsman Of The Year
Tan Thuan Heng won the first Sportsman of the Year award in 1968. In 1969, Tan set a national record in the 100m freestyle event with a time of 56.3 sec. This record remained unbroken until 1977. He competed in the Olympics in 1964 and won the Rhodes Scholarship in 1971.
Most Golds In An International Sporting Event
Patricia Chan Li-Yin won 10 golds in both the 1967 and 1969 SEAP Games. She won 8 golds in her debut SEAP Games in 1965 at the age of 11. Altogether she amassed 39 gold medals in the SEAP Games series.
Youngest To Win SEAP Games Gold
Tay Chin Joo won the gold medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay team at the 1965 SEAP Games at the age of 10. The team won the event in the record-setting time of 4 min 58.4 sec.
First And Most Asian Games Golds
In 1951, Neo Chwee Kok earned the honour of winning the first gold medal in Asian Games history. Dubbed the ‘Flying Fish,’ he won an astounding tally of 4 golds in the 1,500m, 400m, 800m and the 4 x 100m relay in the 1951 Asian Games in New Delhi. The other teammates in the relay were Lionel Chee, Wiebe Wolters and Barry Mitchell. Neo was the first swimmer from Singapore to compete in the Olympics held in Helsinki in 1952.
First Team Gold At World Championship
Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Bei Bei felled table tennis giants China 3-1 at the World Team Table Tennis Championships final to emerge the new world women champions. Feng and Wang beat China’s Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen respectively. However, Sun lost to Guo Yan. Feng then came back to beat women’s No 1 Liu Shiwen. China had been winning the championship since 1991. The competition took place in Moscow on 30 May 2010.
First Team Silver At Olympics
Singapore’s silver medal in the Beijing Olympic women’s table tennis team event is the nation’s second Olympic medal and the first in 48 years. The team comprising Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei lost to China 0-3 in the finals in Aug 2008.
First Team Golds At Commonwealth Games
The women’s team, comprising Jing Junhong, Li Jiawei, Tan Paey Fern and Zhang Xueling, was the first to win a gold for Singapore at the Commonwealth Games in 40 years. At the 2002 Games in Manchester, Li Jiawei and Duan Yongjun also won Singapore’s first table tennis mixed doubles gold. Li Jiawei scooped another gold in doubles with Jing Junhong.
First Men’s Medal At Asian Games
The men’s team comprising Lim Wai Sheng, Lim Jit Choon, Goh Soo Nam, Sim Poh Lin collected the bronze at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta.
First Secondary Schools Taekwondo National Championships
The inaugural Schools National Taekwondo Band C Individual Championships was held at Bedok Sports Hall in May 2010. 450 competitors from 58 schools took part.
First World-Ranked Taekwondo Player
Jacqueline Quek Jie Lin earned her world ranking when she finished third in the Asian Martial Arts Games held in Bangkok in Aug 2009. She is ranked 48th in the under 73 kg for the women category. The ranking of players was introduced by the World Taekwondo Federation on 1 Jan 2009.
Highest Taekwondo Grades Achieved
Lim Teong Chin is the only athlete to achieve an eighth dan in taekwondo, as recognised by the Singapore Taekwondo Federation, the World Taekwondo Federation and Kukkiwon. Wong Liang Ming is the highest-ranked female athlete with a seventh dan.
First Chairman Of Refereeing Body
Lim Teong Chin became the first non-Korean to be appointed Chairman of the Referees’ Committee of the Asian Taekwondo Union. He was also the first non-Korean ever to be appointed Chief Referee in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
Most International Gold Medals Won (Women)
Wong Liang Ming had the most medals among Singaporean women in the sports international arena. Her total medal tally was 9 golds, 3 silvers and 8 bronzes, from 1982 to 2000. She was the first taekwondo gold medal winner in the SEA Games and first player to win 4 gold medals in the flyweight category. In 2000, she captured the gold medal at the First Women’s Open International Taekwondo Championships held in Los Angeles, USA. In 2007, she became the first and only taekwondo exponent in the world to receive the IOC Women and Sport Achievement -Diploma awarded by the International Olympic Committee.
First World Championship Medallist
Jonathan Sun Shenglong became the first person to win a medal in the International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF) World Championship. It was held from 14-19 Oct 2004 in Daejeon, South Korea. Jonathan won a bronze medal in the senior male individual patterns, 3rd degree blackbelt.
Best Performance In An International Competition
At the South-East Asia Tchoukball Championships held in Ho Chi Minh from 28-29 Oct 2011, the Singapore women’s team finished as champions and the men’s team finished as runner-up. A total of 8 countries took part in this competition.
First Tchoukball Competition
5 secondary schools took part in the very first Inter School ‘C’ Division Tchoukball Competition on 20 Oct 2006. They were Springfield Secondary, Dunman Secondary, Bendemeer Secondary, Ping Yi Secondary and Bedok View Secondary.
First School To Introduce Tchoukball
Ping Yi Secondary School was the first school to have tchoukball as a co-curricular activity. The students were introduced to this sport in 2006. The school has produced 5 national players and won the K Shanmugam Cup, an open national tournament.
Fastest 20-km Walker
Edmund Sim, 29, broke the long-standing national record in the men’s 20-km race walk. He clocked 1:36:01 at the Asian 20km Race Walking Championships in Ishikawa, Japan on 11 Mar 2012. He bettered compatriot Jairaj Kumar Jeyabal’s 15-year-old record of 1:36:21.
Fastest Woman Sprinter
Teacher Amanda Choo Sze Min, 23, broke her own national women’s 100m record with a time of 12.01 sec at the Thailand Open on 2 Oct 2010. The previous record holder was Prema Govindan (12.23 sec) who had held it for 18 years.
Youngest T&F Record Holder
Mariam Shazana bettered her record by leaping 11.73m in Ho Chi Minh City on Jun 2009. The Singapore Sports School student was already holding the national records of 11.36m in 2006 and 11.58m in 2007. She was only 14 years when she achieved the 11.36m record.
Fastest Female Hurdler
Eileen Chai Ee Juang, 27, was the first Singaporean female to win a gold in the 100m hurdles at the Asian Track and Field Championship in Incheon in 2005. She won in a time of 14.81 secs. Before this, the record was unbroken for 30 years.
Highest Woman Jumper
Michelle Sng achieved the highest jump for women when she crossed the 1.79m mark on 1 May 2006. She broke the previous national record of 1.74m held by Yu Long Nyu, which stood for 13 years. Two months later, she broke her own record to clear 1.8m.
First Person To Exceed A T&F Record Thrice In A Day
The national triple jump record set by Francis Nathan in 1987 was 15.24m. On 26 Jul 2006, 16-year old Stefan Tseng leapt 15.42m on his second attempt, 15.52m on his next attempt and 15.33m on his sixth and final attempt. The record was rewritten at the Asean Track and Field Championships in Chiang Mai.
Highest Pole Vault Record
Chan Sheng Yao, 17, of Hwa Chong Institution cleared 4.82m at the 54th National Schools Track and Field Championships on 5 Apr 2013. Chan broke the national record of 4.81m, at the same time erasing the U-23, U-19, national junior, youth best performance and A-division records.
Most Consecutive Gold Medalist In SEA Games
James Wong, 42, clinched his ninth discus gold medal in the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang. He achieved 7 consecutive golds since his first win in the 1993 SEA Games. He also had a SEA Games gold for hammer throw in 1997.
UK Shyam holds the 100m sprint record with a time of 10.37 sec. At the World University Games in Beijing in 2001, he broke the 33-year-old record of 10.38 sec set by Canagasabai Kunalan. He equalled his own national record the same year at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
First SSC ACT Programme Recipient
UK Shyam, Singapore’s 100m record holder was the first recipient of the Singapore Sport’s Council inaugural Athlete Career and Training Programme. The programme (ACT) was set up in 2001 to look after an athlete’s needs during his sporting career, as well as after. Under ACT, an athlete can receive up to S$80,000 a year in financial support.
Fastest Long-Distance Woman Runner
K Jayamani took the gold medals in both the 1,500m and 3,000m events at the 1977 and 1979 SEA Games. She is believed to have attained Olympian standard at her peak but she did not take part in the Olympics as Singapore joined the US-led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games.
First Woman To Win Gold In Asian Games
Chee Swee Lee, 19, became the first Singaporean woman to win an Asian Games gold when she won the 400m race at the 1974 Teheran Games. She clocked 55.08 sec, smashing the 400m record by more than a second.
Fastest 10,000m Athlete
PC Suppiah was the first Singapore athlete to go below 32 min at the 10,000m race when he clocked 31 min 59.2 sec at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Suppiah also won a surprise gold medal for the 10,000m at the 1971 SEAP Games in Kuala Lumpur. His national record of 31 min 19 sec which he set in Manila in 1973 is the oldest running record yet to be broken.
First To Run 100 Yards In 10 Sec
Kesavan Soon was the first Singaporean to run 100 yards in 10 sec flat in 1940. Before this, the fastest sprinter was Jocelyn (Jossie) de Souza, who clocked 10.2 sec at the 100-yard race in 1924. In 1956, Kesavan Soon achieved 9.9 sec for the 100 yards.
First Asian Games Hurdles Gold Medallist
Ng Liang Chiang (1921-1992) was the only athlete to win a gold in the first Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1951. He breasted the tape at 15.2 secs in the 110m hurdles. Before that he had won golds in the 100m and 400m hurdles at the 7th Annual Chinese National Athletic Meet in Shanghai, breaking the All-China records.
First Female Olympian
At the age of 19, Tang Pui Wah represented Singapore at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. She competed in the 80m hurdles, in which she had been the undisputed Malayan champion for 4 years, as well as the 100m sprint event.
First Singapore Olympian
Lloyd Valberg was the first athlete to compete for Singapore at the Olympics and Singapore’s only representative when he took part in the 1948 London Olympics as a high jumper. In 1947, he set Singapore’s high jump record of 1.92m.
First Gold Medallist In SEAP Games
Tan Eng Yoon was the first Singaporean to win a gold medal at the 400m hurdles (54.9 sec) in the SEAP Games held in Bangkok in 1959. The 1959 Games was also the first time Majulah Singapura was heard in an international sporting event.
TRIATHOLON, BIATHOLON & IRONMAN
Choo Ling Er, 25, finished as the fastest Singaporean woman at the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore Triathlon, in 5 hr 7min 35 sec (1.9 km swim, 90.1 km bike and 21.1 km running). The fastest Singaporean man was 29-year-old Wille Loo Chuan Rong. Loo finished in 4 hr 43 min 34 sec at the triathlon on 18 Mar 2012, a week before his wedding. Choo clocked a personal best of 11 hr 21 min 0 sec at the Ironman Cairns triathlon (3.86 km swim, 180.25 km bike and 42.2 km running) in Jun 2012.
The Singapore Biathlon on 12 Feb 2011 had a record 2,428 participants signing up for the 1.5 km swim and 10 km run competition. The event was jointly organised by the Republic of Singapore Navy and Safra.
Fastest Biathlon Athletes
The record for the fastest male biathlete doing a 1.5 km swim and a 10 km run is 56 min 7 sec held by Mok Ying Ren. Trudy Fawcett was the fastest female biathlete with a time of 1 hr 7 min 14 sec. Both records were set at the Singapore Biathlon on 7 Mar 2009.
Only Asian To Complete 10 Ironmans In 10 Days
NUS lecturer Dr Kua Harn Wei completed 10 Ironman triathlons in 10 days from 6-15 Nov 2006. The event was the first Deca-Iron Triathlon World Challenge in Monterrey, Mexico. Every day for 10 days in a row, Kua swam 3.8 km in an indoor heated pool, cycled 180 km on a paved circuit and ran 42 km on that same circuit. He was part of the national triathlon team in 1997 and 1998. He then graduated to doing the Ironman, then the double and quintuple-Ironman over 14 years. The Deca-Iron is the world’s longest Ironman competition ever.
First Kids’ Triathlon
The Osim Singapore International Triathlon 2008 held at East Coast Park on 12 Jul 2008 included categories for kids. For boys and girls 7-9 years old, they were to swim for 100m, cycle 5 km and run 1 km. For boys and girls 10-14 years old, they were to swim for 200m, cycle 10 km and run 2 km.
Asia’s First Ironman 70.3
The Aviva Ironman 70.3 competition was held on 2 Sep 2007. Ironman 70.3 is an international triathlon competition managed by the World Triathlon Corporation and is held in various locations across the world culminating in the Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championship held at Clearwater, Florida. The Singapore leg was the sole Asian qualifying round for the Ford Ironman. In a 70.3 competition, participants swim 1.9km, cycle 90.1km and run 21.1km, adding up to 70.3 miles.
The first triathlon, organised by the NUS Students’ Sports Council, was held in 1982. It had 34 participants and was restricted to the campus grounds. In 1984, it was held at the Changi Beach and attracted many foreign participants.
Youngest Finisher Of Ironman
Trevor Xie was 18 years and 5 months when he did his first Ironman in 2000. In one day he had to swim, bike, jog and run the marathon, chalking about 200 km.
Most Team Golds At SEA Games
The water polo men’s team is the record holder for a national team with the most number of gold medals in the SEA Games. The team has won gold at every SEA Games since its independence in 1965.
Best Water Polo Game
The champion water polo team comprising Kee Soon Bee (captain), Tan Hwee Hock, Gan Eng Teck, Tan Eng Bock, Keith Mitchell, Oh Chwee Hock, Wiebe Wolters and Ho Kian Bin won a gold at the 2nd Asian Games in manila in 1954.
First Asian Referee In FINA Water Polo World Cup
Lionel Liew was the first Asian referee when he was appointed for the 1993 FINA Water Polo World Cup women’s final. A former national water polo men’s team captain, he also refereed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
First Water Polo Oympians
In 1956, the Singapore water polo team qualified and played at the 16th Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.
First Kiteboarding Medalist
In 2007, when there were few kiteboarders in Singapore, Aaron Yang got hooked on the sport and even went for the Asian Windsurfing Tour in South Korea. He was the only Singaporean there and came in second in the kiteboarding overall category.
First International Wakeboarding Team Gold
Singapore won its first international gold medal in the team overall event at the 2006 Asian Wakeboard Championships held at Yarrawonga, Australia on 11 Dec 2006. The team was made up of Matthew Christian, Yunos bin Yusop, Terry Goh, Sasha Christian, Eliza Loo and Vivien Chong.
First Rail Jam
The First Downtown Singapore Rail Jam was held on 16 Jun 2007 at Ngee Ann City and organised by the Singaproe Waterski & Wakeboarding Federation. Rail jam uses portable pools, hitting rails and sliders while pulled by a winch.
Youngest Wakeboarding Medallist
At 6, Sasha Christian finished second in a junior wakeboarding meet. At 11, she picked up a team silver and an individual bronze at the Asian Wakeboarding Championships in China in May 2004. She started swimming at one and skiing at 3.
First International Wakeboarding Championship
The HSBC Wakeboard World Cup in Oct 2004 was the first international waterskiing and wakeboarding event to be held in Singapore. It was also the first to be held in a local reservoir. Organised by the Singapore Waterski & Wakeboarding Federation and Singapore Sports Council, the event at Bedok Reservoir was the Singapore leg of the World Cup series.
First Cable Ski Operator
SKI360degrees, opened in 2006, is Singapore’s first cable ski park. Located at East Coast Park, it was developed and managed by TTJ Leisure Pte Ltd. The first Singapore Cable Wakeboard and Wakeskate Championship was held on 5 Jan 2008 at SKI306degrees.
First Asian Water-Ski Gold Medallist
Paul Fong won the Asian Open Waterski Championship in 1984, 1985-1987. He is the 1987 SEA Games silver medallist. He is currently coaching the national waterski and wakeboard team.
First Wakeboarding Competition
In Mar 1994, the first wakeboarding competition was held at the Kallang Riverside Park. Called the Slam Dunk Championships, it was organised by the Singapore Waterski & Wakeboard Federation.
First Asian Wakeboarding Champion
14-year-old Sasha Christian won a bronze at the 2007 Wakeboard Championships. In Aug 2009, she put up her best ever competitive performance and won a gold medal at the Asian Wakeboard Championships held in Chuncheon City, South Korea. Christian was crowned Reef Wakefest Singapore champion and Singapore national wakeboard champion from 2004-2008.
Top International Water-Ski Gold Medallist
17-year-old Roger Koa was the first Singaporean to break the 4,000-point barrier at the World Water-Skiing Championships in Florida in 1989. In 1992, he won a gold medal in men’s tricks at the Asian Australasian Championships in Omigawa. He also won 3 gold medals in men’s slalom, tricks and jumps in the 1997 SEA Games held in Jakarta.
First SEA Games Water-Ski Medallist
Jasmie Hussein won Singapore’s first SEA Games medals in the men’s trick (silver) and men’s slalom (silver) in 1983. In 1987, he won a gold in the men’s slalom in the 1987 Bali SEA Games.
Most Dramatic Weightlifting Competition
Weightlifter Chua Koon Siong fainted for 7 minutes after hurting his brows and lips during his first lift at the 1981 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship. He returned to complete the second and third lifts with blood oozing from his brow and lips, and won the gold medal with a final lift of 137.5 kg.
Youngest Weightlifting Gold Medallist
Teo Yong Joo, a protege of Tan Howe Liang, became the youngest participating weightlifter at age 21 at the 1983 SEA Games, where he won a gold. At the 1986 Commonwealth Games, he won a bronze.
First Weightlifters At Olympics
Chay Weng Yew, Lon bin Mohamed Noor and Thong Saw Park competed in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Chay was placed sixth in the featherweight division. Lon finished eighth in the bantamweight. Chay was the first to lift 272 kg at a Mr Singapore competition at the New World Stadium. He held the national title from 1948 to 1953 and was Champion of Champions from 1950 to 1953.
First International Weightlifting Medallist
Weightlifter Thong Saw Park won a silver medal in the lightweight category at the British Empire Games in 1950. He was the highest-ranked Singaporean weightlifter then and was ranked tenth in the world in the lightweight category prior to the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, in which he participated. Thong later went on to gain his doctorate from Queen’s University at Belfast and was Head of the Physics Department at the University of Malaya.
First Golds At The Commonwealth Games
In the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games, Tan Howe Liang took the gold in the lightweight category by lifting 358 kg. Tan also established a world record in the clean-and-jerk. That same year, Tan also won a gold at the 3rd Asian Games in Tokyo. In Cardiff, Tan Ser Cher also took the gold in the featherweight event with a lift of 310 kg.
First Olympic Medallist
Tan Howe Liang was the first Olympic medallist from Singapore when he won the lightweight silver medal on 9 Sep 1960 at the Palazetto Dello Sports Hall in Rome. 27-year-old Tan lifted a total of 380 kg to win that medal.
First To Receive IWF Gold Award
Tan Howe Liang was the first weightlifter in the world to be awarded the International Weightlifting Federation (National Honour) Gold Award in 1984. He was also awarded the IOC Pin in 1989 for his performance at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
First National Woman Wrestler
Melvynna Tambunan is Singapore’s first female wrestler. In 2009, she competed in the Asian Senior Championships, Klippan Lady Open, World Championships in Denmark and the SEA Games in Laos. She was previously trained in judo, taekwondo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Russian martial arts, sambo.
First Wrestling Medallist
Singapore claimed its first medal in the Laos SEA Games in 2009. Sul Mohamad Sulaiman took a silver medal in the 74-kg freestyle wrestling category.
First National Wrestling Training
The Wrestling Federation of Singapore was formed in Sep 2008, and started holding training sessions at the Assumption English School, to prepare for the inaugural YOG in 2010.
First Wrestling Belt System
Wrestling was introduced as an official sport in Singapore in 2008. The Wrestling Federation of Singapore adopted a belt ranking system with a total of 9 levels of belts ranging from the yellow belt and advancing to a 4th degree of black belt. The belt system is the first to be adopted by a national governing body for wrestling in the world.
Largest Haul Of Commonwealth Games Medals
Singapore’s best performance was at the 18th Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006. Singapore won 5 golds, 6 silvers and 7 bronzes. The gold medals were achieved by Ferre On Shaw Ming (men’s 25m centre fire pistol in shooting), Zhang Xueling (table tennis singles, doubles, team and mixed doubles), Li Jiawei (table tennis doubles and team), Tan Paey Fern, Xu Yan, Zena Sim (the other 3 team players) and Yang Zi (mixed doubles).
Largest Haul Of Asian Games Medals
Singapore’s best showing at the 15th Asian Games in Doha, from 1-15 Dec 2006 were 8 golds, 7 silvers and 12 bronzes. The gold medallists were bodybuilder Simon Chua (men’s 70 kg), bowlers Valerie Teo and Michelle Kwang (women’s doubles) and swimmer Tao Li (women’s 50m butterfly). Sailors Sherman Cheng and Justin Liu Xiaman won the 420 men’s while Lim Tze Ting and Sarah Tan Wei Lin clinched the 420 women’s title. Maximilian Soh took the gold in the Laser men and Colin Cheng the Laser 4.7 Open. There was also the Beneteau 7.5 Open gold from Roy Tay, Teo Wee Chin, Renfred Tay, Ivan Tan and Justin Wong. The contingent of 134 athletes was also Singapore’s largest ever to compete in the Asian Games.
Largest Haul Of SEA Games Medals
Singapore’s best performance was when it hosted the SEA Games in 1993. Singapore won a total of 164 medals: 50 golds, 40 silvers and 74 bronzes.
First Youth Olympic Games
Singapore hosted the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). The IOC awarded the Games to Singapore ahead of Moscow by a vote of 53 to 44. Over 200 countries and 3,600 athletes, aged between 14 and 18, participated in the YOG, competing in 26 sports events.
Largest Olympic Games Representation
Singapore sent its largest contingent to the 16th Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956. The 45 participants included 4 in athletics, 10 in basketball, 13 in hockey, 3 in weightlifting, 10 in water polo and 5 in yachting.
First Asean School Games
The inaugural Asean School Games were held in Suphanburi, Thailand from 22-27 Jul 2009. 5 nations namely Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and host Thailand contested in the 10 sports offered. Singapore came in fourth placing with 13 golds, 25 silvers and 35 bronzes.
First Olympic Flame In Singapore
The Youth Olympic Flame was lit in Olympia, Greece on 23 Jul 2010 and journeyed to Berlin (Germany), Dakar (Senegal), Mexico City, Auckland (New Zealand) and Seoul (South Korea) before arriving in Singapore. Here, the flame was carried over 305 km by 2,400 torchbearers. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew lighted the cauldron at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on 13 Aug 2010 to declare the YOG open.
Largest Team Of Volunteers
In 2008, two years before the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, an army of more than 7,500 full-time staff and volunteers started working to ensure that the big event would be a success. The man who oversaw the whole project was BG (NS) Goh Kee Nguan.
First To Receive Olympic Order (Silver)
The first Singaporean to receive the Olympic Order (Silver) for outstanding sports contribution was Edmund William Barker. The IOC gave Barker, a former Minister of Law, the recognition in 1986.
First Asian Youth Games
The Asian Youth Games (AYG) were held in Singapore from 29 Jun to 7 Jul 2009. 43 members of the Olympic Council of Asia sent about 1,300 top juniors to compete in the 9 sports offered, namely athletics, aquatics (swimming and diving), FIBA 33 (basketball), beach volleyball, bowling, football, sailing, shooting, table tennis. The games were for athletes between 14 and 17 years. Singapore ranked fourth in the medals tally with 9 golds, 6 silvers and 15 bronzes.
Most Coach-Of-The-Year Awards
Dr Chan Ah Kow was awarded Coach of the Year 3 times in 1969, 1970 and 1971 for his contributions to the swimming scene. Sheik Alau’ddin bin Yacoob Marican (silat) was awarded 3 times in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Bowling coach William Woo was honoured in 1997, 2011 and 2012.
Represented Singapore In Most Variety Of Sports
Dr Arumugam Vijiaratnam is the only Singaporean who had represented Singapore in 4 sports – hockey, cricket, football and rugby union. He even took part in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games in hockey. He became the first Pro-Chancellor of NTU in 1992 and served till 2005.
First Inter-School Handball Tournament
The first inter-school handball tournament for under-19s was held at Bedok South Secondary School’s sports hall in Nov 2009. The event was organised by the Handball Federation of Singapore. A total of 15 schools and junior colleges signed up for the event.
Most Sportsboy/Sports Girl-Of-The-Year Awards
Junie Sng (swimming) was named Sportsgirl of the Year in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Ng Xuan Hui (yachting) was also given the award 3 times, in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Medallist For Singapore In Most Variety Of Sports
Eileen Chai Ee Juang made her debut in the SEA Games in 1985 as 7-year-old gymnast and went on to compete in 5 other SEA Games. Her subsequent events were in diving and hurdles. She received a bronze in gymnastics in 1991. She attained a gold in diving in the 1995 Asia Pacific Swimming Championships. She won the gold and broke the national record in 100m hurdles at the 2005 Asian Track and Field Championship.
Most Sportsman/Sportswoman-Of-The-Year Awards
Patricia Chan (swimming) was named Sportswoman of the Year from 1968 to 1972. Li Jiawei (table tennis) was also awarded Sportswoman of the Year 5 times, from 2002 to 2006.
First Moonlit Dive
Diving was contested in the outdoors at night at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex for the first time on 22 Aug 2010 during the YOG. To help divers judge the pool’s surface in artificial light, sprays were used to agitate the surface of the water.
First Moonlit Dive
Diving was contested in the outdoors at night at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex for the first time on 22 Aug 2010 during the YOG. To help divers judge the pool’s surface in artificial light, sprays were used to agitate the surface of the water.
First International Petanque (Boules) Golds
At the Ho Chi Minh International 2008, Vicki Heo took the gold for shooting. Together with Nur Izzati Ismail, she also won a gold for ladies’ doubles.
First Extreme Sports Competition
The first Singapore Xtreme Championship held from 29-30 Aug 2009 attracted close to 80 participants from 7 countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines and Brunei. Participants competed in aggressive in-line skating, BMX freestyling and skateboarding. The competition was held at the S$8-million Xtreme SkatePark @ East Coast, which is Singapore’s first competition skate park.
Largest Powerboat Race
The Singapore leg of the UIM Powerboat World Championship Grand Prix was held from 16-25 Sep 2005 at the Marina Bay. It attracted more than 100,000 fans. Besides the main event, the Asia Watercross Aquabike Championship Tour, the Motorcross and Freestyle Motorcross Mad Flyers were also held concurrently.
Top SEA Games Diving Medallist
Nora Tay Chin Hong won a total of 1 gold and 4 silvers in the 1971 and 1975 SEA Games.