For the sixth time in his career, swimmer Joseph Schooling has earned Sportsman of the Year honors at the Singapore Sports Awards this week. The Olympic gold medalist, who now lives and trains in his home nation, was first recognized for the sports honor back in 2012 at just 17 years old.
Celebrated at the ceremony held this week, the 23-year-old former Texas Longhorn now outlasts former national swimmer Patricia Chan and table tennis star Li Jiawei for having won the most number of times, with the aforementioned having each collected 5 of awards each.
100m butterfly champion at the 2016 Olympic Games, Schooling won the men’s 50m and 100m fly gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games, along with 2 bronze medal-worthy performances on Singaporean relays.
Schooling was nominated alongside now-retired paddler Gao Ning and pencak silat world champion Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin.
Below is the full list of Singapore Sports Award Winners:
Sportsman of the Year: Joseph Schooling (swimming)
Sportswoman of the Year: Martina Veloso (shooting)
Sportsboy of the Year: Muhammad Hazim Mohd Yusli (silat)
Sportsgirl of the Year: Constance Lien (jiu-jitsu)
Coach of the Year: Sheik Alau’ddin Yaacob Marican (silat)
Team of the Year (Team Sport): Men’s floorball team
Team of the Year (Event): Nur Azlyana Ismail and Nurhanishah Shahrudin at the 18th World Pencak Silat Championship
Sportsboy/Sportsgirl Team of the Year: Choo Yi Xuan and Kyra Poh (indoor skydiving)
Best Sports Photo of the Year: Lim Weixiang
Sports Journalist of the Year: Dilenjit Singh (The New Paper)
Best Sports Event of the Year (International): Fina Swimming World Cup Singapore 2018 Presented by Yakult
Best Sports Event of the Year (Local): M1 Asian Netball Championship 2018