Windsurfers Alexander Lim, Cara Loo, Natalia Do Ngoc and Reynold Chan represented Singapore at the T293 European Championship, held at Sopot, Poland from 23rd to 30th July 2016.
The T293 Championships included Junior (under 15), Youth (under 17) and Open (17 and over) boys and girls categories. With 335 competitors from 25 countries competing for the European titles, our windsurfers met with fierce competition. Despite the young athletes racing every day with different weather conditions and winds with extremely variable intensity, it was encouraging to witness the athletes’ perseverance and fighting spirit in every race.
For the 15-year-old girls, Natalia from Raffles Girls’ School and Cara from Nanyang Girls’ High School, it was their first time at the European championships. Natalia showed great courage throughout the regatta, finishing 71st while Cara, who finished 37th out of 72 windsurfers in the Youth category, would be one to watch out for in the future.
For both 16-year-old Reynold from Bedok Green Secondary School and 14-year-old Alexander from Gan Eng Seng Secondary School, this was not their first time participating in the European championships. Previously, both competed in last year’s competition in Liepaja, Latvia with Alex placing 63rd out of 77 and Reynold placing 95th out of 113.
This year, having learnt from their past experience and grown in strength both mentally and physically, both improved in this year’s competition, turning in notable performances. Alex, drew the attention of his competitors for his good performance in some of the races, finally achieving 19th out of 83. On the other hand, Reynold fought a good fight and achieved 60th out of 138 in the Youth division.
This year, all competitors were given ‘tracking’ devices to enable all racers to be followed throughout the regatta. For the coach, Joshua Choo Meng Keong, this technology provided the opportunity to provide specific feedback to our four racers after the day’s races. He expressed admiration of the racers’ performance despite a rigorous schedule and felt that it was an invaluable opportunity to compete outside of Singapore.
“This championship was definitely an eye opener for our windsurfers,” said Joshua. “Not only did they return with more inspirationto train harder, but they have also learnt how to be more independent and forged friendships with people from all over the world who share the same love and passion for the sport.”