Celebrating Youth @ Eunice’s Style!

Aug 26, 15 Celebrating Youth @ Eunice’s Style!

When I heard about the Youth Celebrate event and the record breaking opportunity, I got excited. This is a chance to be involved in a nationwide event that celebrates our nation’s 50th birthday and also Youth. Now, I have a chance to represent my school for this event.

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What is this event all about? Well, let me share with you what this event is all about and my experience as a participant.

Five-hundred students from various schools in Singapore attempted to set two new aquatic records on Youth Day (26 July 2015) – one for the largest floating Singapore flag and another for the most number of laps swum in an hour. The venue was the OCBC Aquatic Centre! Hey, this is a world class pool and this is the venue that Singapore won so many medals in the recently concluded SEA Games.

The first feat will see all of us with ring floats trying to form the national flag, as we try to maintain our positions by holding onto others in the pool. This is not easy for me as I am quite small and I did not quite have the strength nor the technique to do so. However, I was not going to give up. It also helped because my parents keep encouraging me to persist.

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I am in the centre with my fellow young Singaporeans!

I had to train hard in all the 3 rehearsals. My parents were great as they fetched me for these training sessions. The water was cold and training was tiring. I guess I am not particularly a strong swimmer. However, as I trained, I got better! Eventually, I managed to succeed. If we were to succeed, all of us needed to succeed. I am so happy that I did not let my friends down! I was among the youngest participants in the event. The youngest was a small P2 boy!

Our record breaking feat! We did it!

Our record breaking feat! We did it!

It was also great that Minister for Education was there to see what we have done. The largest floating Singapore flag ever! And Frontier Primary was there contributing to this success! 🙂

Minister for Education was there to witness our success!

Minister for Education was there to witness our success!

For the second feat, all of us had to swim as many laps as possible within 1 hour. We were divided by our swimming ability, and further divided into three groups that will swim for about 20 minutes each. I was nervous as I was not a very strong swimmer. In fact, if I were to go for my recreational swimming, I guess I would only cover about 2 laps at most. The target that was set for me was 8!

Oh my goodness~! I was afraid that I would not be able to reach this target. Hence, I took the opportunity in the rehearsals to train. On the actual day, I am afraid to share that I did not manage to do 8 laps. … I only managed to do 6. However, I am proud of my achievement as my contributions helped all of us at attain the record 7505 laps! It was my personal best and I did my best. My school has shared with me that what the school can expect from us is for us to give of our best. If we have, then there is nothing more we can give and we can be proud of ourselves! However, I will beat 8 laps one day!

With my fellow record breakers!

With my fellow record breakers!

That is me jumping into the pool!

That is me jumping into the pool!

Psyching myself!

Psyching myself!

One of my 6 laps!

One of my 6 laps!

I am proud of my achievements. I was most happy to be able to do all these in front of my parents and sister. I think my sister was a bit jealous of the opportunity that I was given. Hee hee! Nevertheless, I have no doubt that she is proud of her little sister as well.

I am proud to represent my school. I learn more about myself and more than just swimming. Both feats seek to inspire us with a sense of camaraderie and confidence, while being part of something bigger than ourselves.The lessons are learnt.

I am Eunice. I am a Frontierer. I am a Singaporean. I am proud to do my bit for Singapore on her 50th birthday!

Youth Celebrates!

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  • Ray Lee

    Well Done, Eunice!