School sports: Rachel leads Greendale by example

Greendale Primary School team captain Rachel Ong leaping in an attempt to score a goal. Her team beat Junyuan Primary School 11-8 on their opponents' turf to emerge champions in the Senior Division final of the SPH Foundation National Primary Schools
Greendale Primary School team captain Rachel Ong leaping in an attempt to score a goal. Her team beat Junyuan Primary School 11-8 on their opponents' turf to emerge champions in the Senior Division final of the SPH Foundation National Primary Schools Tchoukball Championships.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

She was all over the tchoukball court, a constant menace to the opposing team with her speed and superior reading of the game.

In the manner of a true captain, Rachel Ong, 11, led her school Greendale Primary to victory in the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation National Primary Schools Tchoukball Championships.

She scored well over half of her team's tally as they beat Junyuan Primary 11-8 in the final of the Senior Girls category yesterday, ensuring that they became back-to-back champions.

Rachel said she was happy with the win as Greendale had lost to Junyuan in an earlier qualification round.

"At first we lost to them, but after that, we won (the final). I thought we were going to lose again so that's why (I'm happy). We communicated better (as a team) in the final."

Part of the national team since the end of her Primary 3 year, Rachel has been going through extra training on Saturdays on top of her schooling commitments.

"I'm supportive (of Rachel's tchoukball), it's no harm in letting her go and enjoy the sport," said Rachel's mother, Irene Ong, 34.

"I am proud of her and what she's accomplished, since she's interested in it and does not give up while playing."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2017, with the headline 'Rachel leads Greendale by example'. Print Edition | Subscribe