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Having spent many days and nights together in the past year training for this day, the Hwa Chong Canoeing Team could hardly wait for their chance to get onto the water and race, to bring glory to the school. It was the morning of the National Inter-schools Canoeing Championships Finals, where paddlers battled it out in individual races to gain points for their schools in the race for the Team Title.
The Hwachong A Div Boys’ team was looking to defend their title from their closest competitors, ACS (I), SAJC, and NJC. ACS (I) in particular was the most dangerous, with breadth and depth in their team, and had a spectacular performance in the prequel to the National Inter-schools, the National Junior Canoeing Championships.
The Girls’ team was facing stiff competition from other schools such as the traditional powerhouses NJC and ACJC who had proven themselves multiple times during previous competitions. With many challenges to overcome, such as being an almost completely newcomer team and having to face strong competitors from other schools, the pressure was on to attain even better results than what we achieved last year.
The competition started off bright and early with the A Div Girls’ K1 1000m. Finalists Kimberlyn Tjipto (12S6D) and Ethanyn Lim (11S7J) were up against experienced paddlers from NJC and rising stars from ACJC. We achieved good results, with Ethanyn placing 2nd, defeating much more experienced paddlers and Kimberlyn placing a solid 5th, giving us an encouraging start to the day.
Shortly after that, we had the Boys’ C1 1000m. Our two paddlers Bryan Ong (11S64) and Ou Yiming (12S64) went out to beat ACS (I)’s ace, Ray Peh. Even though they pushed Ray Peh to the brink of exhaustion, our boys finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, with high pressure placed on Yiming by NJC’s Seet Qin Han.
Buoyed up by the success in the C1, Marcus Lee (11S65) and Henry Lau (12S60) improved on the winning margin with an identical performance of 2nd and 3rd positions in the Boys’ K1 1000m, losing to ACS (I)’s national paddler Brandon Ooi.
But we lost our lead in the next race, when Seah Sheng Hui (11S64), Liu Jia Wei (11S6F), Cheng Li Ke (11A14) and Yang Yi (11A15) got 4th for the Boys’ K4 1000m, whilst ACS (I)’s crew got a surprise win over SAJC, who got 2nd. This allowed ACS (I) to tie with us at 21 points apiece. The fight was on.
Meanwhile, the Girls’ K2 1000m was a close battle between boats from NJC and ACJC. Felicia Lee (11S6C) and Kimberlyn did us proud by clinching 1st Placing, having only trained together for a minimal number of trainings in order to concentrate on their solo craft. Vanessa Heng (11S71) and Sarah Yeo’s (12S76) fight against ACJC kept us on the edge of our seats, winning their boat by a tiny margin, placing 3rd.
Then it was back-to-back-to-back A Div races, starting with the Boys’ C2 1000m. Bryan Tang (11S6C) and Teo Ming Yi (11S6D) had met each other at the end of 2010 when Bryan appealed to transfer from NJC to Hwachong, and the pair trained together for the past 2 seasons and were defending champions for the C2 1000m. But the pressure of being favourites did not faze them and they managed to defend their gold medal, with ACS (I)’s Alexander Craiggs and Goh Yen Hang beating our second boat of Lee Yi Liang (11S6E) and Lim Zheng Jie (11S63), who beat all other competitors to clinch the bronze.
Right after that was the Girl’s K4 1000m event. Frontman Foo Wei Yi (11S7J) led the crew consisting of Janie Anne Hui (11S6C), Charlene Tang (11S7C) and Nicole Cheng (11S7J) to put up a great fight against ACJC and knocked them off the podium, placing 3rd. Their persistence and tireless efforts training together for only a few weeks paid off, ending the girls’ 1000m events.
And following after them was the Boys’ K2 1000m, where our pairs of Joel Tan (11S6C) and Shaun Tan (12S6D), Ho Canxiang (11S6H) and Lee Leong Hui (12S77) were beat by NJC’s Wong Heng Jin and Pang Ren Hui, but managed to show their individual prowess and teamwork by clinching the remaining medal positions. And the morning session had thus ended for the A Division. At this point, Hwachong Boys were up 41 points to ACS (I)’s 26, and the Girls were in 1st place with 22 points, NJC having 21 and ACJC with 12.
After a lunch break, the 500m events commenced, in roughly the same order as the morning 1000m races, again starting off with the Girl’s K1 500m race. Our sole paddler in this race, Ethanyn Lim was up against much more experienced paddlers from NJC, having only joined in J1. She lost to NJC paddlers Wang Nanfeng and Michelle Oh, triumphing over ACJC’s Isabel Low, placing a well earned 3rd.
In the Boys’ C1 500m, with Bryan Ong this time was Jared Choo (12S68). The race played out right down to the wire and Bryan narrowly avoided losing his 2nd place to Qin Han with a perfectly timed shooting of the bow. Jared challenged many of the paddlers who were older and more experienced than him, but ended up a respectable 5th.
Next up was the Girl’s K4 500m race, which pitted our crew consisting of Foo Wei Yi, Janie Anne Hui, Charlene Tang and Nicole Cheng, up against the same crews they faced in the earlier 1000m race. The competition was fierce as ACJC was dissatisfied with their previous defeat and rose to the occasion, and despite the best efforts of the team they pulled ahead the very last second, leaving us in 4th place.
Immediately after the Girls’ K4 we had the Boys’ K1 500m, where Marcus and Henry were up once again against Brandon and the best K paddlers from other schools. They repeated their previous results of 2nd and 3rd place, with Henry having a close fight for 3rd against Wang Wei Liang of SAJC.
Like the K1, the Boys’ C2 500m was pretty much a repeat of the 1000m. Again Bryan and Ming Yi were champions, ACS (I)’s boat 2nd, and Yi Liang and Zheng Jie placing 3rd. Fortunately the many extra trainings spent on getting their coordination and technique together paid off for them.
At this point, the lead the girls had built up over the past few races was shrinking, with the next race being the T1 500m race, the pressure was on for Felicia and Melissa Low (11S63) to perform well. Facing down extremely strong paddlers from NJC and ACJC, Felicia gave us a nail biting finish, barely pulling ahead in the last few strokes to defeat ACJC, emerging 4th while Melissa Low finished with a 6th placing.
The Boys’ K4 500m race commenced a few moments later. With 4 strong paddlers in each boat, this was the fastest race of the day and the paddlers did not disappoint, providing the audience with an exhilarating race all the way. Our crew of Sheng Hui, Peter Daniel (12S73), Li Ke and Yang Yi narrowly lost the 4th position to ACJC’s crew, but put up a good fight right down to the last stroke.
With the last race for the Girl’s about to begin, every point gain from it mattered, for it could make all the difference in fighting for the 2nd placing, behind NJC’s lead in points, defending their title. Vanessa and Sarah gave it their maximum effort and were leading up until the last buoy, when ACJC’s K2 gave a last ditch effort and with that one stroke, snatched the 3rd position right from under their noses. This combined with the strong performance by their other boat meant that we were behind ACJC by 1 point, making our hopes of getting 2nd evaporate.
But it wasn’t over yet.
Tan Ying Hui (12S69) and JC1 newcomer Lee Su Lynn (12S63) never gave up, finishing the race and placing 6th in the grand finals, giving us that coveted 1 point that placed us on equal standing with ACJC, lifting us from out dire straits. This meant that ACJC and we were tied for 2nd place on points, and we had to look at the medal tally to determine the outcome.
Before we could accurately determine the Girls’ team result though, we had one last race for the Boys’, the K2 500m. NJC’s pair proved too fast to catch but our crews raced bravely against them, and eventually the pair of Joel and Shaun got 2nd, while Canxiang and Leonghui emerged 4th.
By the time they came out of the water, the team was ecstatic. Due to the gold medal clinched by Felicia and Kimberlyn in the K2 1000m, the Girl’s placed 2nd above ACJC by rule of tie breaker! This was the best result for the Girls’ team for the last 10 years, rewarding the team’s hard work through the year.
With an impressive lead of 78 points against ACS (I)’s 50, our Boys’ team defended the title successfully for the 3rd year running!
Needless to say, the team was very grateful to the coaches and teachers-in-charge, who have played an enormous role in building up the team. In the team’s debrief following the prize presentation, many mushy but heartfelt thanks were given to Mr Quek Wee Tong, Mr Justin Heng, Coach Tan Wee Jin and Coach Yosep Effendy. The team also wishes to thank our seniors, who have not only come back to train us countless times, but also had laid the foundation for our training by improving the team’s culture and training infrastructure. These people were vital and irreplaceable in our endeavours, and we owe our success to them.
The story of the 2011/12 Hwachong Canoeing team has thus ended. The JC1s and future members of Hwachong Canoeing 2012/13 will build on this success and further improve the culture and performance of the team, while the JC2s will go off to prepare for the next challenge in life, the A-levels. We wish all other CCAs the best of luck in their own competitions and we hope you can bring glory back to Hwachong!
Presenting to you – The Hwa Chong Canoeing Team 2011-2012 (HCanoe)
Marcus Lee and Ethanyn Lim
Canoeing Captains 2011-2012
Many Hwa Chongians have busying about this week, and with all the updates, lots of posts have been pushed down! So lets recap all the results of the hard work put in by our school mates in this quick summary! If you wish to find out more about specific matches, do click the tag at the bottom of the article for the sport you are interested in for more information (:
Air Pistol Boys
10 April: National 4th!
Air Rifle Boys
9 April: National 2nd!
13 April: Defeated ACS(I) 92-14
10 April: Defeated TPJC 74-13
Canoeing Boys Finals
12 April: CHAMPION!
Canoeing Girls Finals
12 April: National 2nd!
9 April: CHAMPION!
13 April: Defeated NUS(H) 3-0
11 April: Lost to MJC 0-1
9 April: Defeated ACS(I) 10-5
12 April: Defeated TPJC 15-0
10 April: Defeated ACS(I) 14-4
12 April: Defeated TPJC 20-0
11 April: Lost to ACS(I) 2-3
13 April: Defeated JJC 5-0
11 April: Defeated AJC 5-0
13 April: Defeated ACJC 4-1
Finished as the Top of their group!
Table Tennis Boys
9 April: Lost to NYJC 0-3
11 April: National 3rd!
Table Tennis Girls
9 April: Defeated TJC 3-0
Through to Finals against RI on 24/4!
11 April: Defeated NJC 5-0
Through to Top 8 Quarter Final Stage!
10 April: Defeated SRJC 5-0
11 April: Defeated CJC 5-0
Touch Rugby Girls
11 April: Defeated NJC 7-0 and NYJC 3-1
Track and Field Boys Finals
10 April: CHAMPION!
Track and Field Girls Finals
10 April: National 2nd!
11 April: DOUBLE CHAMPS!
10 April: Defeated RI 2-0: 25-3, 25-4
12 April: Defeated RV 2-0: 25-22, 25-14
9 April: Defeated JJC 2-0: 25-6, 25-6
11 April: Defeated YJC 2-0: 25-8, 25-8
13 April: Defeated RV 2-0: 25-9, 25-11
11 April: National 2nd!
11 April: National 3rd!
Wushu Boys Finals
13 April: National 3rd!
Wushu Girls Finals
13 April: National 2nd!
April 12 saw many of our schoolmates heading off to various competitions to win glory for out school. Eager to find out about their performance? Here is a quick summary of all the matches today!
Canoeing Boys (Finals)
After months of intensive training, our canoeing boys went all out for their finals today @ MacRitchie Reservoir and certainly did not disappoint! Besides retaining their title as National Champions, winning runners up ACSI by 78-50 points, they performed exceedingly well for their events too! Good job!!
Canoeing Girls (Finals)
Canoeing girls, after months of training, demonstrated exemplary spirit, managed to move up from 2011′s National 4th placing to an impressive National 2nd Placing, losing to NJC 58-37! Great job girls! We are proud of you. Besides that, we are proud to say that we obtained a higher number of individual Gold medals than 3rd Placing ACJC girls! Great job!
Softball guys played their best and managed to triumphed against TPJC with an impressive score of 15-0! In fact, the match was ended by mercy ruleby the 3rd inning, out of a total of 5 innings of a full game. Great job guys and keep it up!! (:
Up against the same team as the boys’ team, our softball girls did not disappoint as well and in a similar fashion, won TJPC with an impressive 20-0! Our girls also won by mercy rule and there were a total of 3 homeruns in this game! Great job girls!! Keep up the good work!(:
Our Volleyball boys had a close triumph over RV guys, winning both sets with 25-22 and 25-14 respectively. After this close win over RV, our volleyball boys seem to be even more driven and determined to push even harder for future matches! Jiayou guys we know you can do it! We are right behind you!!(: