Last Friday (December 6, 2013), ten GIS Dragon swimmers, accompanied by Swimming Head Coach Mr. Allen Ong, Ms. Jenny Rose and Ms. Siow Yi Ting were on a flight to Patana International School of Bangkok, Thailand, the host for the Feeding Frenzy Meet. It was the team’s first swim out of home base for an international meet for some swimmers who comprised seven from Primary and three from Secondary. Upon arrival at Dong Muang Airport, all ten swimmers, cleared immigration and customs and were whisked off immediately to the event venue as the first event kicked off at 4.30pm (Bangkok local time).
The weather was hot and our junior swimmers were all very keen to do a “pool test” at the 25m pool before proceeding to the 50m for the actual race and to cheer for their fellow Dragon teammates. The first day of the event saw a good start as Zoe Bowden from Year 10 attained another new Personal Best (PB) on her 800m Freestyle followed by 400m Freestyle and was awarded two gold medals for GIS. Anjali Lim of Year 7 achieved another two new PB’s for her 400m IM and 400m Freestyle and was awarded one gold and one bronze medal which meant a total of three gold medals and one bronze medal for the first day.
On the second day, the swimmers were up and early and were at the pool again by 8.00am for a warm up before the first event at 9.00am when Anjali collected five gold medals easily in all individual events along with Zoe bagging a silver medal in the Mixed Open 200m IM and followed by another two more silvers. Our Yasmin DeSouza of Year 4 made a fantastic effort in her 100m Freestyle and gained herself the first bronze medal for the day. Sophia Rielly, Madelief Hendriks, Max Jamieson, Riley Stapleton, Arika Okubo, Pranit Singh and Joshua Yong all swam very well and did a great job in achieving fantastic new PBs in all their individual events.
Sunday was the third and last day of the Feeding Frenzy meet where GIS obtained another two gold medals, and three bronzes. Despite starting off on the first day with severe ear pain, Joshua Yong swam and achieved another new PB for himself in the 100m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly. The highlights of the day were when GIS Yasmin swam the 200m Freestyle for the first time in the Girls 8 and Under while Riley Stapleton did his very first 50m Butterfly. Veteran swimmer Akira ended her swimming with a bronze for the 50m Breaststroke with a fantastic new PB.
All in all, GIS Dragons swimmers made a big impact in the Feeding Frenzy Meet by achieving new PBs for all their individual events followed by Anjali Lim being the Overall Winner and Zoe Bowden in the Second Overall Winner, in their respective Age Group Categories with a trophy each. All the swimmers deserve a hearty applause especially the young swimmers from the Primary who provided great inspiration as they never gave up in the hot weather. For many, this was their first meet but hopefully not their last and with more Dragons swimmers heading for the 2014 Feeding Frenzy once again!