Quah Ting Wen: My first swim meet in 9 months was a spectator-less spectacle

It's amazing to be back in a team after nine months and I feel like I am swimming for an entity greater than myself

National swimmer Quah Ting Wen (centre) cheering on her DC Trident teammates at the International Swimming League in Budapest.
National swimmer Quah Ting Wen (centre) cheering on her DC Trident teammates at the International Swimming League in Budapest.PHOTO: COURTESY OF QUAH TING WEN

BUDAPEST - On Oct 16, I attended my first swim meet since our local time trials in January. The LA Current, Cali Condors, NY Breakers and Energy Standard were in action on the first day of the International Swimming League (ISL), a professional inter-team competition, in Hungary.

That day, after our practice, my team (DC Trident) went up to the stands to watch the competition. It was a strange experience sitting in empty stands. The health and safety protocols in place here to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are very strict, and the public are not allowed into the venue to spectate, so as to keep the swimmers in a quarantine "bubble" .

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