Posted on July 01, 2015 by Jonathan Wong
Report by Jon Wong
CHERYL Rachamadi, aged 6, and Javier Chua, aged 12, became triple-medalists at the recent Skate Festival for Juniors event held at Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park. Both kids, participating in this event for the first time, excelled in their skating skills to earn the honors.
Featuring a total of 4 categories, which includes a Circuit Race, a Slalom Battle Course, a Speed Time Trial and Backwards Skating Challenge, this event attracted a crowd of more than 20 children to pit their skating skills against each other, with the top 3 contestants from each category winning medals and prizes. Proud parents were around to support their children too.
In the Circuit Race category, contestants drew lots and compete in heats, with the winners progressing to the semi-finals and final rounds. Each skater have to complete 5 laps of the circuit. Adrenalin was pumping as every kid gave their best efforts to win.
Adrenalin pumping action in the preliminaries
Ryan leading the pack in the finals
After the few rounds of elimination, the finals was decided between 7 year old Ryan Teo, 10 year old Issac Ong, Cheryl and Javier. Ryan managed to keep his cool through the course to stay ahead and win the gold medal, with Cheryl coming in second and Javier third.
Circuit Race Champion, Ryan, with presenter, Coach Sonny
Next up was the Slalom Battle category which tests both speed and agility. Contestants drew lots to pick their opponents and were pitted against each other in a pair. They have a short distance to speed up before they meander through a series of cones with their timings recorded for their attempts. Penalties were given for knocking cones over or missing cones.
Javier bags the gold medal, Cheryl won the silver and Issac settled for the bronze in the finals.
For the Speed Time Trial, timings were recorded for each contestant around a 450 metres course. Javier proved his speed prowess he clinched the gold medal with a timing of 1 minute 16 seconds. Issac won the silver medal with 1 minute 22 seconds and 8 year old Ana Koh managed to get a spot on the podium with the bronze medal at 1 minute 24 seconds.
Gold medal winner of the Speed Time Trial, Javier
In the final Backwards Skating Challenge category, contestants had their timings recorded for skating in a reverse manner for a distance of 180 metres. After some nerve racking moments, Cheryl finished with a timing of 51 seconds for the gold medal, 10 year old Ian Tan won the silver with 59 seconds and 10 year old Kimberly Teo, elder sister of Ryan, bagged the last bronze medal of the day with at 1 minute 05 seconds.
Ian, Silver Medalist of the Backwards Challenge
Congratulations to all the medal winners.