Young DSA swimmer champion in Open Water
Swimmers are often referred to as a unique breed of their own and within them are a group who may to actually not belong to world of dry land like the rest of us. These are the ones who put in more hours a day in the water, the first ones in and the last ones out and usually on a daily basis, without much ado or complaining. We are talking about the long distance swimmers. Sometimes these swimmers are known to have more mileage than their cars and that’s not a joke!
DSA has a few of these exemplary beings on their team too and they have been making heads turn, like Rupert Tan, who has been making quite a mark in many Open Water events this year.
His big win came at the Port Dickson International Swimathon, an international 5 km swim event held at Port Dickson with as many as 500 participants spread over 5 age groups. Rupert placed FIRST in the event, a remarkable achievement, which he followed up with 2 THIRD placings at the Kapas Marang International Swimathon and the Labuan International Cross Channel.
The Kapas Marang International Swimathon is a 6.5 km Open water swim held at Marang, Trengannu,, having 5 age groups and this year had a total of 300 participants while the Labuan International, a 5.4 km open water event in Sabah had 250 participants.
Another event where Rupert Tan made Malaysia and DSA proud was the Swim Expo Asia at Singapore this year. The expo had a total of 5 race events and Rupert amassed 4 GOLD and 1 SILVER. It was a blazing streak for Rupert, who was the Champion in the 3.8km, 1.5km, 750m and 400m, just missing out the Gold, and being the 1st Runner up in the 1.5km race. Boy, this lad can swim!
Rupert has his schedules tight for the year –end with the Thailand International Swimathon, 10 km at Pattaya on 4th Dec, followed by Tanjung Rhu Swimfest 6KM, Langkawi on 10th Dec and the Swimon Port Dickson Open Water Swim, 2KM on 18th Dec. It looks like a great way to get to the New Year and we wish him all success and greater distances. All the best, Rupert!