First AMF Bowling 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. Read More »

First Professional Basketball 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. Read More »

Badminton 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 ... Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »