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CCA Previews ’18: Cross Country

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By Elaine Quah (18S03N), Girls’ Captain and Abhijit Chadalavada (18S06F), Boys’ Captain

Cross Country is a sport that’s not for the faint-hearted, no cardio-exercise pun intended. Many might think us crazy, having voluntarily joined a CCA consisting almost entirely of running under the hot sun drenched in sweat not talking to each other. Frequent questions asked include, “Isn’t your CCA just PT all the time?”, “Isn’t running non-stop boring?”, and the ever-popular “So… what do you guys do other than run?”. It’s true, Cross Country is not an easy sport. But as it goes, good things never come easy.

While running pushes each of us to our mental and physical limits at times, it is a gateway to a kind of enlightenment, a path to finding the reservoir of strength that lies dormant in all of us. Each laboured breath and tired step takes us on a journey that is as fulfilling as it is painful, if not more so. As we triumph over our small victories and develop our ability to weather through tough times, we are made aware of what we are capable of and of our limitless potential for self-improvement.

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CCA Previews ’18: Dragonboating

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By Shermaine Loh (18S03D), Girls’ Captain, Loo Zen Yee (18S03M), Girls’ Vice-Captain, Lucas Cheng (18S06Q), Boys’ Captain, John Fu (18S06E) Boys’ Vice-Captain

If you have ever taken a walk around the Sports Hub at Kallang, you might’ve seen long dragon boats glide through the calm waters, with rowers moving and chanting in unity. Have you wondered what it might feel like to be the one on the boat? Well, ask anyone in the team and they’ll tell that you that while it’s fun, being a dragon-boater definitely isn’t easy.

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CCA Previews ’18: Fencing

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By Jewelle Yeo (18S06E), Girls’ Captain and Brandon Teh (18S02A), Boys Captain

“The true measure of a person is who they are with sword in hand…”

— Aldo Nadi

Often referred to as “physical chess”, fencing is a discipline which requires a combination of physical and mental strength to excel. In the space of a 14m by 1.5m strip and a maximum time of 9 minutes, the fencer must not only have the stamina and skill to outlast and outmanoeuvre the opponent, but also a clear mind to anticipate and form plans to counter the opponent’s movements.

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