Story by Les Tan/Red Sports and Noor Farhan/Red Sports. Pictures by Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports

SAFRA Mount Faber, Wednesday, January 26, 2011 — The Red Sports crew took time out to celebrate the contributions of eight individuals to the site just before the Chinese New Year holidays. They were eight of 21 interns who finished the requirements of the Red Sports REDaction! internship programme.

Kenneth Tan, Chua Yueda, Muhammad Noor Farhan, Tan Jon Han, Delle Chan, Thomas Tan, Ethan Lou and Ng Enna juggled school work and personal commitments while contributing stories and photographs to the work of Red Sports.

For photographer Thomas Tan, 25, the coverage of the Youth Olympic Games was an enriching experience.

“I got to see different athletes from around the world and also got to see our athletes performing against world-class opposition,” said the National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate.

“What stuck to me most was the judo match in the YOG which I covered, which our local female judoka fought in. Her fighting spirit and never-say-die attitute is something I will never forget,” recounted Thomas, who is also an avid supporter of the local music scene.

Added the English major: “My fondest memory as an intern would be working together with my fellow Red Sports crew, all of whom are very passionate about sports and really love what they do.”

For Delle Chan, 20, an NUS English Literature major, getting to meet top athletes was also a highlight.

“I got to meet top atheltes as well as hone my skills as a writer. The internship is definitely an excellent opportunity for aspiring journalists out there as you stand to gain invaluable exposure to the world of sports journalism,” added the NUS dragonboater.

“It is ultimately a rewarding and life-changing experience, one not to be missed if you have set your sights on this career field,” remarked the former travel writer, summing up the REDaction! programme.

Echoed Ng Enna, a final-year Mass Communications student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic: “I wouldn’t exchange it for most things in the world!”

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Ethan Lou joined the REDaction! internship during the 2010 Youth Olympic Games period, helping to edit stories. (Photo 1 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Ng Enna, a writer, is a final-year mass communication student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Her best experience was covering the 50m backstroke final at the Youth Olympic Games, where local swimmer Rainer Ng clinched the silver medal. (Photo 2 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Photographer Tan Jon Han works in the Air Force and is an avid Formula 1 and Liverpool fan. (Photo 3 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Thomas Tan, a photographer, is an NUS English Literature undergraduate. His internship highlight was getting the opportunity to cover the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore last August 2010. (Photo 4 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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“The internship program has been a really invaluable experience overall; from the skills gained, the people you get to meet, plus the awesome fellow Red Crew colleagues you get to work with,” said writer Noor Farhan, 24, who is also a student at the Singapore Institute of Management. (Photo 5 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Chua Yue Da, a photographer, is a student at Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School. He also spins as a disc jockey part-time. (Photo 6 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)

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Delle Chan, also an English Literature student at the National University of Singapore, is a writer. The dragon boat enthusiast said her fondest memory of the internship was “working with the crew”. (Photo 7 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)