In a first of it’s kind event, the National Stadium played host to about 15,000 students and teachers who got to cheer on their compatriots at the 57th National Inter-School Track & Field Championships, watch the best athletes from Singapore compete in the 78th Singapore Open Track and Field Championship 2016 and bear witness to the launch of the ActiveSG Athletics Club.
Competitors in action during the 800m (A-Girls). Photo: Sport Singapore
Victoria Junior College stood tall with its first ‘A’ Division girls’ championship title in 21 years, while the ‘A’ Division boys’ title went to Raffles Institution for the second consecutive year. Hwa Chong Institution clinched the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Division boys’ titles while the girls’ titles went to Cedar Girls’ Secondary School and Nanyang Girls’ High School respectively.
Meet records were also broken, Raffles’ Joshua Chua clocked 10.87 seconds in the ‘B’ Division boys’ 100m final to break a seven-year old record (10.90 seconds) previously held by Singapore Sports School alumnus Shahrir Mohd Anuar.
Raffles Institution's Joshua Chua Hanwei celebrates winning the 100m (B-Boys). Photo: Sport Singapore
After his win, the grateful Chua was quick to defer credit, thanking his coaches, parents and teammates for his performance. “Last but not least, thank God as well. My training paid off and I’m just really glad for the people around me to help me achieve this.”
Chua was also hopeful that future championships could continue to be held at the National Stadium and said: “It is really amazing and it’s a different atmosphere.”
Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth; Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information; and Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth launching the ActiveSG Athletics Club with Team Singapore athletes, past and present. Photo: Sport Singapore
The event also saw the launch of the ActiveSG Athletics Club by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu. Ms Fu said that the club aims to promote basic athletics skills among the young, raise the level of coaching, and help schools that do not offer athletics as a co-curricular activity.
“Some schools may not have track and field facilities, nor offer athletics as a CCA, so we hope to… augment it, supplement the facilities as well as offer programmes for the students in the schools,” she continued.
The 10-week programmes will start on May 30, and will be held thrice a week at five venues - Bedok Stadium, Bishan Sports Centre, Bukit Gombak Sports Centre, Kallang Practice Track and Woodlands Sports Centre.