Fifteen staff from WOU and DISTED College participated in the inaugural inter-department kayak competition organised by WOU’s General Services & Administration Department (GSA) at the campus seafront today.
All the participants deserve praise and congratulations for their steely effort and for braving the waters to paddle to the finish in this 100m race. A total of seven teams participated in the singles and five teams in the doubles kayak race.
Following a simple balloting to determine the sequence of rounds for the teams to compete, the race commenced with each team required to circle a flag at the mid-point and head back to the starting line.
Library Officer Choy Paik Lin beat the other paddlers to the clock, registering 2 min 21 sec, while second was Educational Technologist Assoc Prof Dr Ramesh Chander Sharma at 2 min 31 sec, and third Welson Ng from DISTED at 2 min 36 sec in the singles kayak race.
Assistant GSA Manager for Facilities and Maintenance, Indros T Roslan, had initially tied with Welson at 2 min 36 sec, and so both of them went neck to neck once more in the sea, with Welson just edging Indros out at the finish line.
The other placings for the singles kayak race were ITS Manager (Application) Ch’ng Eng Hoo (2min 40 sec) at fifth, Regional Operations/Marcom Director K H Chong (2 min 48 sec) sixth and School of Humanities & Social Sciences Administrative Executive K Ranjini (2 min 52 sec) taking the final spot.
As for the doubles race, Dr Ramesh’s pairing with Educational Technology & Publishing (ETP) Executive Ch’ng Lay Kee proved to be a winning combination. They emerged champions with 2 min 6 sec, the overall fastest time.
A close second with 2 min 9 sec was the team comprising of Library Assistants Ahmad Sharidwan Ahmad Nashruddin and Mohd Yusuf Hanafiah, while second runner-up was the GSA team of Indros and Assistant Officer Jegatheswary Tamilmany with 2 min 47 sec.
In the doubles kayak race, Marketing & Admissions Officer Sasikanth Mariappan (PGRC) teamed up with Customer Service Officer Sofia Atikah Baharuddin to come in fourth with 3 min 11 sec while last was the DISTED team with 3 min 52 sec.
Paik Lin credits regular exercise and fitness training for her triumph. She often goes for kayaking at the Penang Swimming Club, and also builds up stamina and strength through regular running, swimming, and gym exercise.
Dr Ramesh, who only started kayaking in March this year, attends the practice sessions on most Saturdays at WOU. Thrilled with his first runner-up in singles and champions trophy in doubles, he quipped, “We practised only twice for the doubles. Since I do not know swimming, kayaking is a good way for me to get into the water.”
The inter department kayak race was part of the monthly sports and recreational activities initiated by WOU’s Human Resource Department to promote exercise and active lifestyle among the staff.