Monday, March 10, 2014

NYP Track & Field Invitational Meet 2014: A Day of Memorable Wins For Our Prospective Athletes


5th March 2014 was a day of high spirits as 300 students from 20 secondary schools gathered at the NYP stadium for the Track and Field Invitational Meet 2014.

The warm-up routines before the competition were interesting. The students attempted to hide from the blazing sun by escaping to the top most rows of the stadium stand. It was a unique sight to see the athletes wander around Block G, looking for some space for their warm up routines. Some of them, perhaps, were confident in their abilities, and were seen playing around with the childcare Centre’s playground instead of warming-up.
The competitors assemble at the stands.
Just before the competition began, the crowd was quiet and calm. Teachers who accompanied the students were busy marking scripts on their laps and the supporters, dressed in their respective school uniforms, were happily chatting away. However, the entire atmosphere changed the moment the competitors made their rounds and passed the stands. It is surprising the amount of support they could garner. From muffles of noise amidst the loud stadium music, different fractions of supporters would suddenly appear, screaming words of encouragement for their school’s representatives.

Despite the highly competitive atmosphere, the athletes displayed great sportsmanship throughout the afternoon.
A wide array of medals to be given out to deserving winners.
By 5.30pm, all 25 events had been completed and the award ceremony was under way. One by one, the winners mounted the podium to accept their medals. Of course, their appearances were met with applause by the crowd and proud smiles from their coaches. Teachers happily lined up to take pictures of their students and by the time the last student received his medal, the sun had set and the sky was no longer blazing.

I took the chance during the award ceremony to speak to some of the winners.
P.S. Arvinth of Northland Secondary School
P.S Arvinth, a secondary 4 student from Northland Secondary School, is the captain of the school’s track and field CCA. He won the 400 meters boy’s event with a rare photo finish. It was a huge win for him since the competition was tough for this event. In addition, the school captain added that he was not up to form because he will only start training later in the year. He thanked his team mates and the coach for their support and encouragement. Despite his victory, the forward-looking runner is not complacent and has already set his sights for nationals.

When asked about the event, he said, “NYP organized it well, and it is a good event because it really gave runners more encouragement and exposure”

Hariharan Elavarsu of Seng Kang Secondary School
The gold medalist for the 800 metres boys’ event was Hariharan Elavarsu of Seng Kang Secondary School. With his first win at this event, Hariharan could not help but put on a wide smile. He enjoyed the competition a whole lot and attributed his success to his coach, teammates and parents. From a young age, his parents have encouraged him to live a healthy lifestyle by exercising. In fact, his father used to bring him running. This gave him a great deal of experience. If given the chance, he would like to represent Singapore, in athletic events, in the future.
The 4X100M Relay team from Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School
A triumphant reaction from Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School after the victory
The 4 x 100 metres girls’ event was a most memorable one for the girls from Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School. students, Larrinna Haverkamp, Abigail Wong, Emma Tan (all from Secondary 4) and Nicole Tew (Secondary 2).   When the race started, the girls faced stiff competition and were not in the top three positions.  However, the fourth runner Nicole changed all that when she caught up with the rest, sprinted to the finishing line and was first to the tape. Their victory was a huge comeback that received a resounding response from the fans. The group of emotional girls attributed their success to their coach, Alfred, and their team. They said the cheers from their peers gave them the motivation to do better. This small team of girls indeed demonstrated that age does not determine results as their youngest runner played a huge part in their success.

Larrinna Haverkamp said, “As this was the last time my team mates and I were together in this team as we’re already in Sec 4, we wanted to achieve a memorable result.  But we were worried at first that we may not win.  In the end, it was nice that we were able to win and finish strong.”

It is nice to see that overall, the whole competition went smoothly and without problems despite several delays, the warm weather and the unexpected strong winds. The funny sight of giant umbrellas flying around a giant field never fails to get a laugh.
Ivan Lim and Ang Xuan (Photography Club), who took some of the gorgeous pictures in this article

The event was organised by the NYP Sports Club, and supported by several of our CCA groups, including Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Live Audio (who provided the event music) and the Photography Club (who provided the gorgeous photos you see in this article).

The event supporters, Frisbee team on the far left, Track and Field in orange and Live Audio in plain clothes

Results:

Event 101: Shot put (Girls)
First Place: Melissa Yee / Gan Eng Seng School (GESS)
Second Place: Elleora Lim / Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Third Place: Jaslyn Shannon / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)

Event 102: Long Jump (Boys)
First Place: Leo Qi Yuan Gabriel Patrick / Catholic High School (CHS)
Second Place: Low Jun-Yan Patrick / St. Joseph's Institution (SJI)
Third Place: Keith Wong Jen Hin / / St. Joseph's Institution (SJI)

Event 103: Discus (Boy’s)
First Place: Jun Jie Kang / Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Second Place: Lo Ye-Han Brian / St. Joseph's Institution (SJI)
Third Place: Bay wee Chun Donovan / St. Joseph's Institution (SJI)

Event 104: Pole Vault (Women’s)
First Place: Asmah / NIL
Second Place: Felicia / Raffles Junior College (RJI)
Third Place: Ang Wei Lu / Singapore Sports School (SSP)

Event 105: 100M Hurdles, Timed Finals (Girls)
First Place: Melody / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)
Second Place: Wen Ning / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)
Third Place: Shina / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)

Event 110: Javelin (Girls)
First Place: Sri Farhanah / Braddell-Westlake Secondary School (BWSS)
Second Place: Sharleen a/p Nadarajan / Braddell-Westlake Secondary School (BWSS)
Third Place: Chee Sim / Braddell-Westlake Secondary School (BWSS)

Event 111: Long Jump (Girls)
First Place: Ang Wei Lu / Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Second Place: Tay Lay Sing Valarie / Seng Kang Secondary School (SKSS)
Third Place: Liyu / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)

Event 112: Javalin (Boys)
First Place: Daniel Lim / St. Joseph's Institution (SJI)
Second Place: Kang Jun Jie / Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Third Place: Daniel Abdullah Harun / Singapore Sports School (SSP)

Event 113: Short Put (Boys)
First Place: Loh Ye-Han Brian / St. Joseph's Institution (SJI)
Second Place: Brandon See Wei De / Catholic High School (CHS)
Third Place: Koh Han Boon / Catholic High School (CHS)

Event 114: High Jump (Boys)
First Place: Wong Kar Fei / Catholic High School (CHS)
Second Place: Ryan Teo Tze Jun / Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Third Place: Koh Jay Yow / Catholic High School (CHS)

Event 115: Pole Vault (Junior and Men’s Open)
First Place: Desmond Boey / NIL
Second Place: Dylan Huan Jun Kai / Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Third Place: Ng Dewey / NIL

Event 116: 800M (Boys)
First Place: Hariharan Elavarsu / Seng Kang Secondary School (SKSS)
Second Place: Saifu Anuar / Northland Secondary School (NLSS)
Third Place: Lim Fang – Zhou Noah / St. Joseph's Institution (SJI)

Event 117: 100M (Girls)
First Place: Nur Hafiyah Dason / Junyuan Secondary School (JYSS)
Second Place: Larrina / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)
Third Place: Emma / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)

Event 118: Short Put (Boys)
First Place: Shin Yong Hee / North Vista Secondary school (NVSS)
Second Place: Raeshon / Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Third Place: Jonas Tang / Anglo-Chinese School Independent (ACSI)

Event 119: 400M (Girls)
First Place: Jia Yu / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)
Second Place: Sabrina / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)
Third Place: Jo’elle / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)

Event 120: 400M (Boys)
First Place: P.S Arvinth / Northland Secondary School (NLSS)
Second Place: Saidev / Deyi Secondary School (DYSS)
Third Place: Yip Wei En / Seng Kang Secondary School (SKSS)

Event 121: Discus (Girls)
First Place: Elleora Lim Kai Chen / Singapore Sports School (SSP)
Second Place: Melissa Yee Wai Teng / Gan Eng Seng School (GESS)
Third Place: Wong Wan Teng / Gan Eng Seng School (GESS)

Event 122: 1500M (Girls)
First Place: Keh Chin Yip / North Vista Secondary School (NVSS)
Second Place: Yvette / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)
Third Place: Grace / Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)

Event 123: 3000M (Boys)
First Place: Louis Shia Wei Jie / North Vista Secondary School (NVSS)
Second Place: Terry Lim / Maris Stella High (MS)
Third Place: Shatish / Deyi Secondary School (DYSS)

Event 124: 4X100M (Girls)
First Place: Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (PLMGS)
Second Place: Bedok View Secondary School (BKSS)
Third Place: Seng Kang Secondary School (SKSS)

Event 125: 4X100m (Boys)
First Place: St. Joseph's Institution (SJI)
Second Place: Junyuan Secondary School (JYSS)
Third Place: Bedok View Secondary School (BKSS)

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By Sean Yap, Year 2, Diploma in Information Security

Sean enjoys playing recreational tennis and international chess. He has a huge interest in films and is addicted to watching movies. Writing articles are also a hobby for him. Writing allows him to be creative and express his opinions on different matters.

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