It was an incredibly busy summer for the Dragons swimmers in 2018. Despite news at the end of the season about many Dragons moving countries, the team continues to go strong and it was awesome to see so many people training all break at Tampines Hub as well as those who competed at various national championships around the world and the Asian School Games in Malaysia and SEA Age in the Philippines.
Below is a short catch up from during 'the break'.
Georgina bid farewell for London but finished with her best meet this year as Singapore LC, picking up a Bronze in 800 Free adding to the numerous Golds and Silver she has already.
Dragons team competed with the best in Singapore and Victoria (Australia) at the recent Singapore National Open. Picking up four silvers and a bronze putting our 'school team' up there with the big clubs on the medal tally. A great achievement for junior swimmers competing in a senior meet.
Roope competed in his first Finnish Nationals - a great experience and the first of many to come.
Nicolai swam at his first Danish Nationals, making finals in 100 Free.
Hamza cleaned up in the Nepalese invitational. This meet is a step along the way on his bid to qualify for next year's World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Kelly and Adi competed for Singapore at the 42nd SEA Age Group Championships in the Philippines. This was Kelly's second national cap and a rookie performance for Adi. Both swimmers had a great meet. Kelly placed 5th with a great PB in 50 breast (now for project 32). Adi swam with a serious ankle ligament injury and still managed to place 6th in the 100 breast (and was quite disappointed). Fit, and on her best time, would have placed her in the medals. However, it was a great experience for both girls none the less.
Owen picked up his second medal at the 10th Asian School Games in Malaysia. This is a step towards Owen's bid to compete for Canada as a junior and eventually a senior. He will be travelling to compete at World Champ Trials in Canada in April 2019.
Jeremy, despite missing Singapore Nationals with a broken elbow, competed at the British and English summer meets in August. Tenth in the 200 back at British, Jeremy was upbeat (if a little disappointed) as he swam his first race extremely well considering the injury worry. This obviously blew away some cobwebs as he came back to medal in the 50 back one week later at the English Summer meet. Quite a story and shows the resilience of this lifetime Dragon.
Finally, the story of the holiday comes from a much younger and less experienced Dragon. While it is common practice for our older swimmers to train all summer, it is not expected or even encouraged that our younger swimmers do so. However, this young man (Donglin) was in the pool for summer camp every single week. When asked why? He responded, "I dunno, I just wanted to". What a legend and one to look out for in the future. Commitment is 90% of the game.
This story was originally published on the UWCSEA Dragons Swimming blog. View the blog post for additional photos.