UWCSEA East's Lucy Elliot on competing at the WA State Championships
By Lucy Elliot, Grade 11, East Campus
I began playing touch at the age of ten as a Dragon at UWCSEA East campus. I am now in my seventh year of touch and also embarking upon my IB journey. I have so much appreciation and respect for my coach, Maureen Thomson who has been by my side from my very first training session back in Grade 5 to now, as my National level coach. I would like to highlight how these many opportunities have allowed me to grow individually and as a team.
After achieving MVP for U18 touch Singapore national team at the Touch Youth World Cup in August 2018, I was fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to trial for the Singapore Women's Open team. Through months of preparation and training, I was able to trial successfully and secure myself a place in the team going to Kuala Lumpur in April to compete in the Touch World Cup.
Over the Chinese New Year holidays in 2019, the Singapore national team traveled to Perth to compete in the Western Australian Championships. It ended up being a surprising tournament as we went into the tournament with ambitions of a place in the semi-finals. However, as a team, we ended up an undefeated side and we were able to be victorious in the finals with a 6-4 final score against Southern Districts.
Personally, this was a huge achievement for me being the youngest player on the team and being new to playing international touch at this level. This is why I was so proud to be awarded as the top try scorer in the Open women's division. It was truly an incredible experience, full of great memories, personal growth and development as a team member and for this, I am so blessed.
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