By Nicole Lim (20S03I), Girls’ Captain
Whenever someone mentions Track and Field, what comes to mind? Could it be the image of members participating in mind-numbing running on the track? People flinging themselves and random objects over bars and distances? Or perhaps even a bunch of ‘jocks’ at the gym. Maybe to you, Track and Field is a CCA of glory and Instagrammable podium pictures at the Sportshub—but there’s definitely more to this CCA than meets the eye.
Meet Raffles Track and Field: A family with 30-odd members, comprising of 5 main disciplines: sprints, throws, jumps, walks, and pole vault. From the 100m sprint to pole vault, we offer a multitude of different events. With so much variety, it’s hard not to find your place here in Track and Field.
However, do be warned. It’s far from the glitz and glamour out here on the track. Our members endure months of gruelling training, rain or shine. Our trainings are definitely no walk in the park—not even for our walkers. The fact of the matter is, Track and Field is not for the faint of heart. It is a sport that is inherently individualistic, and a sport that one will not see results in unless he or she is daring enough, or motivated enough by the objective of self-betterment and the betterment of the team. This sport takes guts, and an especially difficult training may just take the guts out of you. It is the person who dares to walk the extra mile, dares to complete the extra set, and dares to go all out that wins. Needless to say, this sport is demanding—it demands commitment, and your time and attention.
But fear not! No member of this CCA is alone in their trials. Countless training sessions in the hot sun does have it perks—at the end of your Track and Field journey, you’re sure to walk away hardier, more tenacious, and with meaningful friendships that will last for a lifetime. Our team is a close-knit one, and you can often see members across the different disciplines out for dinner outings after our leg-numbing Friday trainings. Annual events such as our track camp and track chalet are also highly anticipated by all our members.
So if you’re prepared to give your all, and to bring glory to Raffles, join us at the track every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Under the guidance of our experienced coaches, your journey is sure to be one of blood, sweat and tears, but also one filled with laughter and joy.
Sprinters/Hurdlers: 5pm – 7.30pm (Mon & Fri), 3pm – 5.30pm (Wed)
Jumpers: 4pm – 7pm (Mon), 5pm – 7.30pm (Wed & Fri)
Throwers: 3.30pm – 6pm (Mon, Wed, Fri)
Pole Vaulters: 3.45pm – 6.30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri)
Walkers: Subject to timing changes
60th National Inter-school Track & Field Championship: Overall A Division Boys: 2nd
60th National Inter-School Track & Field Championship: Overall B Division Girls: 3rd
59th National Inter-school Track & Field Championship: Overall A Division Boys: 2nd
59th National Inter-school Track & Field Championship: Overall A Division Girls: 4th