The National Canoeing Championships 2007 was held over the weekend (21 & 22 July) at the MacRitchie Reservoir. Unlike the junior event I blogged about in April, this is an ‘open’ championship and participants do not represent their schools. Including the heats and semi-finals, there were a total of 115 races divided into the following categories.
1) Men and Women’s Open and Under-15
2) 250m and 500m distances
3) K1/K2/K4 (kayaking), C1/C2 (the kneeling type)
Below are some photos that I took. The highlights were the newly introduced K4 event – an Olympic event. Later if I can find the time, I will upload the videos.
An interesting bit of news. The Singapore Canoeing Federation president announced that Singapore will be hosting the World Kayaking Marathon in 2010 at the Marina Reservoir. Meantime, they will be stepping up the number of events locally. So the next few years will be quite exciting for the young kayakers. If you are in lower secondary, or have kids in lower secondary or even primary school, now is a good time to join in.
For those in primary school, the 4 secondary schools with active kayaking programme (that I can recall) are ACS (Independent), St Josephs, Hwa Chong, and Balestier Hill. Sorry, did not pay attention to the girls schools.
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