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Another national open record broken at National Schools T&F C’ships

First, it was Chan Sheng Yao of Hwa Chong Institution.

Yesterday, Lynette Lim of Cedar Girls Secondary School became the second student-athlete to set a national open record at the ongoing National Schools Track and Field Championships.

The 16-year-old Secondary Four student leapt 11.79m in the Girls B Division triple jump to break Mariam Shazana’s existing mark of 11.73m set in 2009. Here’s the report:

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Great leaps forward by Cedar girls (TODAY Online, 10 April 2013)

By Charles Ong

SINGAPORE — Two Cedar Girls’ Secondary students stole the limelight at yesterday’s National Inter-School Track and Field Championships at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium with their record-breaking performances.

Secondary Two student Low Seow Ting provided the appetiser in the morning session when she jumped 1.60m in the Girls “C” Division high jump to break her own championship record of 1.55m set during last year’s meet. Schoolmate Fatimah Zahra was second (1.40m) while Jezebel Koh of the Singapore Sports School was third (1.40m)

Cedar’s Sec 4 student Lynette Lim then served up the dish of the day in the afternoon by breaking both a championship record and a national open mark.

With a hop, skip and a jump, the 16-year-old rewrote the Girls “B” Division triple jump record of 11.56m as well as the national open mark of 11.73m when she flew across the sand pit to clock a distance of 11.79m.

Both records were previously set by Mariam Shazana — the former in 2008 and the latter in 2009. Wong Sumae of Nanyang Girls High School was second (11.27m) while Cedar’s Anissa Sharmaine Jefri Schmitt was third (11.13m).

Lynette’s achievement is the second national open record set at this year’s championships. Pole vaulter Chan Sheng Yao broke the national mark during the Boys’ “A” Division competition last Friday.

What is even more stunning about Lynette’s feat is that she only started training in the jumps less than three years ago. Back then, she had dreams of being a sprinter, but her coach John Sweem saw her potential in jumps and persuaded her to make the switch in July 2010.

In fact, Sweem was hardly surprised when Lynette broke the national mark yesterday.

“She is very powerful and springs off from the board very well,” he said.

I was planning for her to break the record at this year’s meet as she has consistently shown she could hit 11.50m — what she needed was just the extra push from her competitors.

“With her potential, she can easily go above 12m in the next few years. Hopefully, she can qualify for the Youth Olympic Games next year.”

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If memory serves me right, this is the first time that two national open records have come a-crashing at the annual schools championship.

Last Friday, Sheng Yao also entered his name in the national record books when he broke Sean Lim’s pole-vault record of 4.81m with his 4.82m effort in the Boys A Div competition.

According to Lynette’s coach, John Sweem, she has the ability to clear 12m in the next few years. That will be exciting to watch, and let’s hope it happens.

Cedar Girls also had another student  entering her name in the record books. Low Seow Ting cleared 1.60m in the C Div high jump to rewrite her record of 1.55m which she had set last year.

My heartiest congratulations to Lynette and Seow Ting. Fingers crossed that there will be more exciting things to come in the remaining days of competition at the National Schools Championships.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

 

 

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My deepest condolences to Dominique Sarron Lee’s family

The report:

This appeared in the newspapers today:

NSman and former Sports School sprinter dies after training exercise
(TODAY, 18 April 2012)

SINGAPORE – A full-time National Serviceman died yesterday after experiencing breathing difficulties during training.

Private Lee Rui Feng Dominique Sarron (picture), 21, a former sprinter at the Singapore Sports School, was participating in a platoon exercise at the Murai Urban Training Facility in Lim Chu Kang.

TODAY understands that the incident happened after he took part in a training activity which involved smoke grenades.

Lee’s parents, Mr Matthew and Mrs Felicia Lee, were distraught. Mr Lee told Today: “This has all come as a sudden shock to us. He was healthy … and we only know that he got into trouble after inhaling smoke during training and we are still trying to come to terms that he is no longer with us.”

According to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Lee experienced breathing difficulties at 12.30pm. Three minutes later, he lost consciousness. A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medic attended to him immediately.

At 12.46pm, he was evacuated via a safety vehicle to Sungei Gedong Medical Centre, where an SAF doctor attended to him at 12.52pm.

At 1.03pm, he was conveyed in an ambulance to the National University Hospital (NUH), with an SAF doctor continuing to resuscitate him en route to the hospital.

Lee arrived at the NUH at 1.22pm. He was pronounced dead at 2.05pm.

In a statement, MINDEF said: “The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend our deepest condolences to the family of the late Private Lee. MINDEF is assisting the family in their time of grief and is investigating the incident.”

Lee, who celebrated his birthday last week, won a silver medal at the 8th Thailand Inter Sports School Games in 2005.

Last night, his Facebook page was filled with hundreds of tribute messages from friends who remembered him as an active and cheerful person.

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My thoughts:

I write this with a heavy heart.

Former Singapore Sports School student and sprinter Dominique Sarron Lee died yesterday during national service training. He was 21, having celebrated his 21st birthday just last Wednesday (April 11).

Dominique was part of the pioneer batch of 100-odd students who joined the Sports School when it opened its doors in 2004. A former student of Griffin Primary, I remember being told by my Sports School contacts how excited they were at his potential talent and his strapping build.

He was the fastest student from Griffin, and there had been among the Sports School coaches and administrators that he would go on to become a fine national sprinter.

But Dominique eventually found that there was a limit to his sprinting talent, and he did find himself being  overtaken by other sprinters like Calvin Kang and Yusof Azhari. According to his friends, his asthma also played a part in limiting his development.

Still, he  remained an important member of the school’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads.

He then went on to Temasek Polytechnic where he not only became a member of the polytechnic’s athletics team but also showed a huge talent for music, and for playing the guitar. He apparently turned out to be a pretty decent footballer too, and even became the goalkeeper for S-League club Geylang United’s Under-18 team.

Judging from the messages that Dominique’s friends have left on his Facebook page (search Dominique Lee Sarron), and on Twitter (#superflydom and #ripdom), it is clear that this young man was very much a treasured friend, who touched many people with his outgoing personality, big heart and character.

My deepest, deepest condolences to Dominique’s family for their loss. I can only hope that time will heal the pain and heartbreak they must be feeling. As a parent myself, I can understand the grief they must be experiencing. It is not right that parents have to see off their children.

Rest in peace, Dominique.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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National Schools Track and Field C’ships – Donovan and Eugenia light up an otherwise gloomy day at the track

Heartiest congratulations to Donovan Chan of Hwa Chong Institution and Eugenia Tan of Singapore Sports School for emerging the sprint king and queen of this year’s National Schools Track and Field Championships.

The two students were the only ones to complete a Double-Double at this year’s meet. They not only won the 100m and 200m in their respective divisions, but also set new records in both events in the process.

There was never a doubt that Eugenia was going to win today’s B Girls 100m final after she had set a new championship record in the blue ribbon event during the heats.

The absence of arch-rival, schoolmate and good friend Shanti Pereira – who withdrew from both the 100m and 200m possibly because of injury – merely meant that a win for Eugenia would be inevitable.

And the 16-year-ols Secondary Four student delivered. In a class of her own, she romped to an easy win in 12.69sec.

Indeed, the close fight took place in the battle for second and third instead. Katong Convent’s Jannah Wong – who set a new B Girls record in the 100m hurdles last week – took the silver in 13.10sec when she pipped Sheryl Tey from Nanyang Girls (13.16sec).

Donovan ended his campaign in this year’s meet even more stylishly – by setting the only record of the day when he blitzed past everyone else to take the A Boys 100m title.

He clocked a very impressive 10.70sec, eclipsing the 10.80sec record set by former national sprinter Poh Seng Song back in 2001 when he was still an Anglo-Chinese Junior College student.

Hwa Chong made it a double in the event when Tan Zong Yang took silver in a very commendable time of 10.92sec. Ezra Toh of Raffles Institution was third in 11.14sec.

So, well done to both Donovan and Eugenia for being the main highlights on an otherwise gloomy afternoon at CCK Stadium.

It was such a pity that it had to rain so heavily today.

Not only did the lightning and thunderstorm cause the programme to be halted for three hours, it also subsequently caused almost everyone to err on the side of caution on the wet track when their races came up.

As a result, many poor times were clocked.

Congratulations too to Hwa Chong for sweeping the Boys A, B and C Division titles.

There was more variety in the title races in the Girls Divisions.

Raffles Institution won the A title, while Cedar Girls took the B crown. Nanyang Girls High were crowned C Division champions.

Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan

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