By: Vivian Koh Jia EnDiploma in Communication and Information Design (R32)Centre for Culture and Communication
Singapore, 24 March 2012 – Republic Polytechnic's (RP) dragon boat team showed their determination and perseverance by clinching two gold and two bronze medals at MR500 2012.
The race was held at Jurong Lake Park over two days from 24 March 2012 to 25 March 2012. This was the first time the 500 meter race was held at the park. The race was organised by SAVA and co-organised by Singapore Management University.
Both RP's men's and mixed team achieved gold medals in the Champion Premier Opens Minor Finals for the respective categories.
The women's team earned a bronze medal in the Champion Premier Women Grand Finals, beating other tertiary institutions including Nanyang Polytechnic and National University of Singapore.
The RP Women's team
A strong fight was put up by the RP's men's team with universities sucha as Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Institute of Management in the Tertiary Men's Grand Finals, where they eventually secured a bronze medal.
When asked about the preparation of the team before the race, final year Diploma in Health Management and Promotion (R43) student Landy Eng, captain of the women's dragon boat team said, "An objective must be set at every training. Our objective will only be met through with tough training, teamwork and a strong mindset."
The RP Men's team after receiving their medals.
The captain of the men's team, final year Diploma in Biomedical Electronics (R15) student Muhammad Yasser Ithnin said, "My men's team put up a good fight and it shows that if you put your mind into it, anything is possible. The medals are good but the bonding and spirit of the team is even greater."
Despite their achievements in this race, the team will continue to train hard. Landy added, "I feel proud of the team. The most important thing is to continuously improve ourselves rather than just concentrating on winning."
The RP team would like to thank their coach and advisors for their continued support and hopes to achieve more success in the upcoming races this year.