Hwa Chong canoeists in A Division clean sweep

SINGAPORE - At long last, Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) stamped their superiority in the girls' A Division and boys' B Division National Schools Canoeing Championships at MacRitchie Reservoir.

On Thursday, their girls smashed National Junior College's 12-year A division stranglehold.

And not to be outdone, Hwa Chong's high school also ended their lean spell, clinching the boys' B Division title after an eight-year drought. The C boys were runners-up.

"It feels fantastic," Rachelle Han, 18, captain of the HCI girls' team, said of the long-awaited win. "We wanted this title so badly because it was a terrible feeling to watch our seniors lose last year, and by such a small margin.

"It gave us extra motivation to bring the title home this year."

Said their teacher-in-charge, Quek Wee Tong, 30: "This win feels like a miracle. We did not expect it at all. In terms of ability and strength, the NJC girls were superior.

"But through sheer will power and luck, we managed to wrestle the title from them."

What made the achievement even more impressive was that half the girls on the team did not have any rowing experience.

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