The Singapore Canoe Marathon 2014 saw about 400 participants paddling it out for supremacy on the waters of Punggol Waterway. (Photo by VoxSports)
The Singapore Canoe Marathon was previously known as Long Distance canoeing championships. The Singapore Canoe Association has always wanted to cater to new and young talents that excel in paddling.
Previously, the marathon only took half a day but with the influx of more new paddlers, the event had to stretch to a full day. This may be due to the fact that water sports like canoeing are being integrated to the Co-Curriculum Activities (CCA) of more schools. This is also the first time the marathon is being held in Punggol Waterway instead of the previous location, MacRitchie Reservoir.
The event saw about 400 participant from various schools and even open categories for paddlers to compete.
Mr Yip Kwan Guan, Vice President of Canoe Association Singapore said: “I think this new Punggol Waterway is great because of the wide area to accommodate more people. I also think it is very spectator-friendly for friends and families to watch the action!”
The event ended off with a prize presentation by Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Acting Minister in the Ministry of Manpower.
The future of canoeing in Singapore remains a question mark. However, some of these young talents on the waters have already caught the eye of our Team Singapore athletes.
Tay Zi Qiang, Team Singapore Canoe Captain said: “We’ve been developing really well under our new coach, Mr Balázs Babella. He knows everything about paddling and that information we learn from him is starting to trickle down to our local institutions. I already see some new blood coming out and they have the potential to be really good paddlers for Singapore in years to come.”