Update by REDintern Danial Azmie. Photos by Danial Azmie and Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports.
Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Friday, July 11, 2008 – It was a sweet victory for Shalom Danielle See (#60) of National Junior College as she bid farewell to her other competitors at the tape, clocking a meet record of 58.65 seconds in the A Division Girls 400 Metres race at the 49th Inter-school Track & Field Championships.
Shalom, (whose name, interestingly, also happens to be a traditional Jewish greeting) did not achieve her podium finish without stiff competition however.
Runner-up Lim Shanru (#180) from Hwa Chong Institution briefly led the race, but Shalom See overtook her midway and held on until the finish, despite commendable efforts by both Shanru herself and bronze winner, Ang Peixuan (#30) from Catholic Junior College.
When approached, the affable and chirpy JC2 student remarked, “I did not expect to win! Just before the race, I told myself to try my best, and trusted the race to God.”
When asked of her feelings regarding her record-breaking success, she enthused, “I screamed when I found out about it. I didn’t expect it at all- its a bonus. I’d really like to thank God, my family, my coach Mr Lim Loh Yeo, the team (Masak girls) and IJ girls. Without them, I wouldn’t have dreamt of the win”.
It is a commendable task indeed, for Shalom and most of the A Division Girls in JC2, who would have to make endless sacrifices to juggle both A-Levels and their passion. Despite such hurdles, they have proven to the crowd throughout the Championships that all that and more can be vanquished if the will never lets up.
Congratulations to Shalom!
400 Metres A-Girls
1st – Shalom Danielle See (National Junior College) 00:58.65 (Meet Record)
2nd – Lim Shanru (Hwa Chong Institution) 00:58.88
3rd – Ang Peixuan (Catholic Junior College) 01:01.47
More photos in the gallery.