TEXT: SOL E SOLOMON
Swimming powerhouses from SPF and SCDF made their marks at the third successful edition of the HomeTeamNS REAL®Swim. The REAL® Swim 2017 was one of the first swimming races to be held at the newly opened Our Tampines Hub Swimming Complex.
The race attracted over 300 Home Team NSmen, members, families and friends on 12 August. As part of the NS50 commemorative activities, which celebrate 50 years of National Service in Singapore, a new 50-lap category was introduced this year. While it surprised no one that the top awards went to the Police Coast Guard and Marine Command, AC Lee Chin Ek, Assistant General Secretary, HomeTeamNS, noted that Pro-Com finished strong this year by clinching the 2nd Runner-Up spot in the REAL® Swim Team Challenge. The Police Coast Guards were clearly dominant – Team 1 and Team 2 were awarded Champion and 3rd Runner-Up respectively.
Apart from the main swimming races, the event also saw fringe activities such as Aqua Zumba, Aqua Tabata, Stand-up Paddle Trials, and a Flippaball Challenge, in which everyone could participate and have fun together.
One participant, SSSGT (NS) Archer Wee, 40, raced in the morning and then went on to swim with his two daughters in the 20-lap Fun Swim. “The best thing about this event was that there was time for me to be competitive, and there was also time for me to just relax and spend time with my family.
I am so proud that my daughters and I managed to complete the fun swim together,” he shared. For more information on HomeTeamNS healthy lifestyle events, log on to www.HomeTeamNS.sg.
|Individual Veteran Category||Individual (NSMen) Category||Individual (NSF) Category|
DAC (NS) Chan Soon Chee from Singapore Police Force
CPL (NS) Syed Ilyas Aljunied from Singapore Civil Defence Force
NSF NSI Tang Lingxi from Police Coast Guard
ASP (NS) Chen Kuoh Sheung John from Singapore Police Force
|1st runner-up |
NSI (NS) Sufiyan Hadi Bin Armita from Singapore Polcie Coast Guard
CPL (NS) Mekal Ziad El Heluo from Singapore Civil Defence Force
CPL (NS) Tan Zhen Wei from Singapore Police Force
|2nd runner-up |
SSG (NS) Teo Wei Yang Kenneth from Singapore Police Force
SGT (NS) Chu Bay Min Ben from Singapore Civil Defence Force