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National Canoe Championships 2013: paddling to success

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National Canoe Championships 2013: paddling to success

28 May, 2013   Simran Randhawa




Canoeing as a sport has been on the rise in Singapore as many people are starting to take an interest.  It is a paddle sport in which you kneel or sit facing forward in an open-decked canoe, and propel yourself with a single-bladed paddle, under your own power.

The National Canoeing Championship 2013 took place from 25-26 May at MacRitchie Reservoir as participants braved the blistering Singapore sun over the weekend to compete. 

With 108 races scheduled over the two days, it was all non-stop action from early morning to late afternoon. With such a flurry of activity and excitement in the air, participants took time to mentally and physically prepare themselves.

Participants from an array of schools and participated in this competition. As the paddlers were out on the water, they portrayed disciplined skills as they glided over the water gracefully. They showcased their talents and technique as they threw themselves into the competition with much passion and love for the sport. 

“Through the hard work that has been done by the federation, coaches and the athletes, we have managed to get a really good result at the recent SEA games,” said Mr Joseph Ang, organizer of the National Canoeing Championship 2013. 

“We even have one athlete who qualified for the Olympics. We hope to continue this momentum and allow this sport to grow even further,” he continued. 

Canoeing began to meet the simple needs of transportation across and along waterways. It was the primary mode of long-distance transportation at one time. Now however, canoeing has been modernized to recreational use. It is a sport that demands discipline and commitment. 
“The misconception of this sport is that it is an arm based exercise. It’s actually a full body exercise inclusive of the legs and torso. The boat and the person are together as one, it is a good feeling when you glide through the water,” explained Mr Joseph Ang. 

Canoeing is now offered as an extra curricular activity in many Polytechnics, Junior Colleges and Universities around Singapore to cater to the rising interests. The National Canoeing Championship serves as a platform for all canoeing enthusiast to compete and push their limits. 
 
“At first I wanted to try something new like water sports because it is something that I’ve never done. It definitely got me a lot fitter compared to my other lifestyle and it sets a lot of discipline,” expressed Lee Wan Yu Crystal, a participant. She took up canoeing as a CCA in Republic Polytechnic and has been avidly involved for three years. 

“It is not something that I have done before. It is really interesting but takes a lot of time, dedication and hard work,” said Muhammad Izzat, a participant from Nanyang Technological University who has been canoeing for four years. 

Tremendous Strength

The participants showed tremendous strength and skill as they made it through the course. The competition was split into 108 races, some with a stretch of 1000m long and some 200m. As the canoeists paddled their way through the water, they portrayed athleticism and determination to make it through the finishing line.

“Training is very tough. We not only must have stamina but strength and speed.  The most important part is technique which takes a long time to master.  It is very technical and we must excel in other aspects such as running,” said Alvin Ng a participant from Nanyang Technological University who has been pursuing canoeing for over five years.

All the participants’ hard work and training paid off as they made it to the end. Prizes were awarded to the tops of each category over both days. Here is a list of selected results of the much-deserved winners. 

Men - MK1 500m                                                 Heat 1

Lane

Participants

Affiliate

Position

Timing

6

Ng Jiong Hao Jarret

SSSC

1

2.08.64

2

Muhd Hafiz Bin Roshaizan

Kanoe Sports

2

2.09.66

3

Jason Goh

RP

3

2.11.86

1

Muhd Izzat Bin Abdul Rahman

NTU

4

2.15.14

4

Tan Caleb

Padderlers Gateway

5

2.37.93

5

Brandon Ooi Wei Cheng

Motivasian

DNF

DNF

 Women - WK1 500m                                                 FINAL

 

Lane

Participants

Affiliate

Position

Timing

3

Shona Chan Wai Kay

NUS

1

2.22.04

1

Kimberly Nicole Tjipto

SSSC

2

2.23.75

4

Claudia Peck

SSSC

3

2.32.86

2

Crystal Lee

RP

4

2.40.73

5

Clara Lee

RP

5

2.58.51

                                                           Men - MC1 1000m                                               Heat 1

Lane

Participants

Affiliate

Position

Timing

3

Ooi Ming Sheng

NUS

1

5.12.28

4

Chong Koi Kiat

SSSC

2

5.13.00

5

You Yingfang

MCSC

3

5.44.20

1

Fan Ray Shen

Paddlers Gateway

4

5.59.71

2

Isaac Er

TP

DNS

DNS

                                                    Women - WK1 200m                                               FINAL

Lane

Participants

Affiliate

Position

Timing

6

Wang Nan Feng

SSSC

1

51.50

5

Shermaine Tung Kaixin

SP

2

53.14

4

Sarah Yeo

SSSC

3

53.83

2

Shona Chan Wai Kay

NUS

4

54.37

1

Wong Jia Hui, Christy

CGSCA

5

1.05.03

3

Chew Jia Ying

CGSCA

6

1.10.61


 To see the full results from both days, visit the Singapore Canoeing Federation website at http://www.scf.org.sg/asp/default.asp.