SINGAPORE -- Olympic gold medallist swimmer Joseph Schooling Tuesday (Aug 8) bagged the Sportsman of the Year award for the fourth time at the Singapore Sports Awards.

Organised by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and Sport Singapore (SportSG), the awards celebrate the achievements of the country's best athletes and officials in 2016.

Schooling, 22, was a strong contender for the award after his historic achievement at the Rio Olympics, winning Singapore's first-ever gold medal. He was nominated along with cue sports' Peter Edward Gilchrist and Silat athlete Muhammad Shakir Bin Juanda.

The swimming champ was only 16 years old when he was first crowned Sportsman of the Year in 2012.

This was the first time Schooling was present to receive his award in person, and the swimmer said that it was a "great feeling" and that being there in person "made it that much more special".

Meanwhile, Sportswoman of the Year went to bowler New Hui Fen. She was up against table tennis player Feng Tianwei, shooter Jasmine Ser and Silat athlete Nurul Suhaila Binte Mohd Saiful.

Silat athlete Sheik Farhan won Sportsboy of the Year, and fencer Lau Ywen was named Sportsgirl of the Year.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean paid tribute to Singapore's sporting successes, including Schooling's Olympic gold, as well as the two Paralympic gold and a bronze won by swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh in Rio.