Splash! Splash! It’s PEK’s Aquatic Time!
The much anticipated annual CityU Aquatic Meet was held with great success on the afternoon of 1 Oct 2017. Despite the almost nonsensical thunderstorm erupted that morning, the sky cleared up and the event was carried out smoothly. As usual, being a part of this proceeding was exciting. Filled with thrills and close finishes, the audience and cheering teams were kept on their toes right till the very end. Excellent sportsmanship and athleticism was displayed by our fellow hall mates and the best of the best earned their halls points towards the PEK Cup tournament:
[Men’s 4x50M Freestyle Relay]
Champion: Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1)
1st Runner-up: Jockey Club Harmony Hall (Hall 7)
2nd Runner-up: HSBC Prosperity Hall (Hall 2)
3rd Runner-up: Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9)
[Women’s 4x50M Freestyle Relay]
Champion: HSBC Prosperity Hall (Hall 2)
1st Runner-up: Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1)
2nd Runner-up: Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4)
3rd Runner-up: Hall 11
After the prize distribution ceremony, I had the chance to catch up with some of the swimmers from the women’s team from Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4). Jemmima GONSALVES (Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 2, Bioengineering, Oman) was overjoyed by their bronze medal win in the 4x50m relay competition. She shared that this was her first competition since high school and that she was nervous before, since she was intimidated by the tall participants from other halls. “I’ve been into a lot of sports since I was very young, and growing up sports has really been important to me and I love being in the water,” she explained.
I also had a chat with Hannah LI (Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 3, Social Work), a U-team swimmer. Winning seven medals that day, she was tired and exhausted, but clearly still elated by her wins. “I wasn’t scared of our competition, I think we had confidence.” Talking about her swimming career, she said, “I started swimming when I was four, because I always got a runny nose and my mum thought that swimming would make me stronger.” She wasn’t the best student at such a young age and disliked competition, but picked up the sport more seriously in her primary school years, and has been swimming since. She enjoyed the competition but felt that more people could join the event in the future. She suggested that if there were more events with shorter distances, many more amateur swimmers would be interested to take part.
Writer: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Photographers: REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall), Deepanshu KALRA (HSBC Prosperity Hall)
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