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New scheme to better net talents

Netball Singapore yesterday announced a new initiative which it hopes will help widen its pool of players for the national youth teams.

Instead of holding one-off trials to select players for the national Under-14 and U-17 teams, the association, in partnership with the Ministry of Education's Physical, Sports and Outdoor Education Branch, is starting an U-14 and U-17 team this year in each ...more

Golf: Garcia finds love on the greens again after engagement

Gone is the surly and sullen Spaniard of yesteryear, replaced by the carefree and chirpy Sergio Garcia that arrived in Singapore full of optimism for the season ahead.

Much of it had to do with his recent engagement to girlfriend and former Golf Channel reporter Angela Akins. And also, at turning 37 last Monday, the world No. 15 has found love on the greens again.

Golf, he told ...more

Bowling: Daphne's long wait ends

For close to a decade, national bowler Daphne Tan watched on as her illustrious team-mates in the high-flying women's team claim personal accolades and individual titles.

Even as she publicly toasted to their successes, she also often privately questioned when her own endeavours for the top of the podium would be rewarded.

That long, laborious wait finally bore fruit yesterday when ...more

Golf's joy encapsulated in three Serapong holes of punishment

No happier masochist is to be found on the planet than the golfer. Pain is their pleasure and humiliation their habit. Tell them a hole is diabolically hard and they wish immediately to play it. As Jack Nicklaus observed: "(They) like to punish themselves for some reason. A lot of them like tough courses." Indeed.

Last Friday I asked three people to meet me at Sentosa Golf Club at 7am to ...more

Record turnout at Singapore Canoe Marathon

A record 800 competitors took part in the Singapore Canoe Marathon yesterday at the Singapore Sport Hub's Water Sport Cenre. Organised by the Singapore Canoe Federation, the event featured 44 categories. Liaw Ann Lin, 11, was among those who took part in the Kid-in-a-Kayak Programme.


Riding his passion to promote cycling in S'pore People

As a child living in a kampung on the small island of Pulau Bukom in the 1960s, Mr Han Jok Kwang would cycle to school and make deliveries of bread for his parents, who owned a bakery.

The humble bicycle was an important part of his life then, and continues to be so today.

The 62-year-old is one of Singapore's biggest advocates of cycling, promoting its recreational benefits and ...more

Singapore Sports: ActiveSG now includes outdoor fun and adventure

ActiveSG, the national movement for sport, has widened its scope with yesterday's launch of the ActiveSG Outdoor Adventure Club, which hopes to encourage more Singaporeans to pursue an active lifestyle .

The club will offer the public free monthly events - no ActiveSG credits needed - like orienteering, hiking, rock climbing and kayaking when it begins operations in March. Mass participation ...more

Triathlon: Chow earns second shot at SEA Games medal

He finished fourth at the Singapore SEA Games nearly two years ago, and thought then that he could not top that performance.

Yet, Clement Chow decided to give it another shot when the selection race for August's Games was announced last year, though he knew that it would be difficult to fit training around his work schedule.

His decision paid off yesterday, when he managed to qualify ...more

Golf: Big guns in the field for HSBC Women's Champions

Led by top-ranked Lydia Ko and No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, the world's top 10 female golfers will compete at this year's HSBC Women's Champions at Sentosa Golf Club (SGC).

The stellar 63-women field includes last year's Rookie of the Year Chun In Gee (world No. 3), Feng Shanshan (No. 4), Lexi Thompson (No. 5) and Brooke Henderson (No. 8), as well as the South Korean quartet of defending champion ...more

Quah ready to spread his wings for Olympic success

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics were where Quah Zheng Wen produced proof of his potential, reaching two semi-finals - but it was also where the swimmer thought he fell short.

Hampered by jitters in the 200m butterfly semi-final, he clocked 1min 56.11sec. It was 0.1sec slower than his time in the heats, which would have secured him a berth in the final.

It is a big reason why Quah, 20, ...more

Swimming: Quah is Berkeley bound

Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen will study and train at a United States collegiate swimming powerhouse in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he is tipped for glory.

The 20-year-old has picked the University of California, Berkeley, to further his studies and will leave for the US tomorrow.

The California Golden Bears are in Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletic ...more

Ice skating: Singapore on track for three golds

There will be a total of six gold medals up for grabs in short track speed skating at August's SEA Games and Singapore is aiming to claim at least half of those on offer.

The Republic's top speed skater Lucas Ng, 28, proved his mettle at last weekend's MapleZ South-east Asian Short Track Trophy by sweeping all three individual titles (the 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m), beating closest rival, Malaysia's ...more

Olympic champ Sam Quek's Singapore story

On an August day, a Singaporean father watched his child reach the top step of the Olympic podium in Rio de Janeiro.

His name was not Colin Schooling, but Albert Quek.

Britain had won the women's hockey gold by beating defending champions the Netherlands 2-0 in a penalty shoot-out after the final finished 3-3 in normal time. And Quek's daughter, Sam, was the defensive bedrock of ...more

The rise and fall of golf in Singapore

If you are a Raffles Country Club (RCC) golfer, you might feel like you've just been hit on the head by a stray ball after missing a short putt for a double bogey.

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

It's especially painful because RCC was one of those unaffected by the announcement in 2014 involving several clubs whose leases were due to expire in 10 years' time.

Keppel Club would be no ...more

Schooling a 'highlight' of Phelps' year

American swim legend Michael Phelps included a picture of himself and Singapore's Joseph Schooling in a photo collage of 2016 highlights which he posted on Instagram on New Year's Day. Both men had competed at the Rio Olympics with Schooling claiming a stunning victory in the 100m butterfly final - the now-retired Phelps' last individual event at the Summer Games. Phelps, 31, had been Schooling's role ...more
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