Swimming and Squash (Female) made for a nail-biting finale to the NTU Inter-School Games (ISG) 2016/17 on Friday (Dec 23).
Friday morning convened 9 aces from the #TeamWKW swim team to give other faculties a run for their money. Aivee Song, Au Yeong Hui Wen, Hong Li Xuan, Lee Jia Wen, Tan Chin Hong, Toby Wu Zhi, Wayne Huang, Darren Ching and Nicholas Teo represented #TeamWKW in the final event of the ISG 16/17 season.
First off, the men’s relay event (50 metres) saw the hunks of WKW made every stroke count. Although the clock was not in our favour, the team laughed about how much of a good workout it was.
While panting after his superb performance in the pool, Nicholas Teo was pleased that he outdid himself. He commented, “I came here thinking I would drown but I didn’t, and that’s already a win for me.”
Next up in the women’s relay (50m), former national swimmer Aivee Song made jaws drop with the speed of her Butterfly. For several moments, it was like watching the Olympics. Amongst the crowd, one could hear her being dubbed as “the female Joseph Schooling.”
It was a spectacular performance from the babes of the women’s relay team that could have earned WKW a trophy.
Alas, it came instead as a heart-breaking moment when the judges from the convening school, the School Of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) made the call that the girls committed a false start. It was a marginal oversight that was unfortunately strictly enforced, resulting in our disqualification.
Nevertheless, it emboldened the team, leaving us determined to show our opponents what we got.
After all, in WKW, we strive to do our best even if we don’t end with a win.
“Although we were disappointed about not being able to compete in the finals because of our disqualification, we tried our best and will be back stronger to win it next year,” said Aivee.
“We were one square tile away from the finals, but we’ll definitely be ten times more careful next year,” added Li Xuan.
The last event of the morning was the mixed medley. The team, consisting of Ching Hong, Li Xuan, Aivee, and Darren, came in 5th in the qualifying rounds. Although our team did not eventually make it to the finals, we celebrated with a satisfying meal at North Spine’s McDonald’s (not #sponsored).
Today, a stronger friendship was formed to pave the way for our swimming trophy next ISG. All in all, #TeamWKW fought the good fight in this last segment of ISG 2016/2017.
“Everyone did so well! I’m so happy to have participated and represented our school. Kudos to the sports secretaries, they were extremely supportive,” gushed Chin Hong.
From the bottom of our hearts here at the 24th CI Club, we would like to thank each participant and supporter who competed for WKW’s glory at ISG. You all deserve the credit for the success of the games.
Also, 3 cheers for our sports secretaries Darren Ching and Michelle Racho for their dedication towards ISG! They had been running day in and day out (literally) just for this purpose.
To the rest of our school mates, see you all at next year’s ISG! Cheers.
Written by Wayne Huang