Girls Win Silver, Bronze
2015 ISSF Junior Cup
Posted: 30 June 2015
Posted: 30 June 2015
Martina Lindsay P Veloso led Team Singapore to the ISSF Junior Cup Women’s 10m Air Rifle Team silver medal on 29 June 2015.
“We were just 1.4 points away from hearing the National Anthem,” Martina, who is still in Suhl, Germany, recounted in a Facebook post. But, the Secondary 4 student-athlete is determined to “come back stronger next year” with her teammates Adele Tan Qian Xiu and Ho Xiu Yi, who scored a collective 1,237.8 points. The competition was close with Team Singapore finishing 1.4 points behind the team from France and 0.3 points ahead of third-place South Korea.
Martina also won the individual bronze medal in a field of 81 shooters from 28 countries. She finished behind Charleen Baenisch from Germany and Vanessa Hofstetter from Switzerland. Vanessa, 20, became the Junior World Record-Holder when she shot 205.5 points at the 2014 European Championships, while Charleen, 18, had ranked 14 in the same event. The ISSF Junior Cup is competed by shooters 21 years and under.
“The standard of competition was high and the fight for a podium finish was tough. It was a good experience and I'm happy with my performance,” said Martina. “Although Coach Chea Rong wasn’t present with me during this competition, she had prepared me well and I’m really grateful for her help.”
Coach Lim Chea Rong assessed that Martina had performed up to her training standard.
“We are looking forward to seeing Martina improve on her current form,” said Miss Lim.
Both Xiu Yi and Adele had competed at the Southeast Asian Shooting Championships – Xiu Yi won the Junior Team gold and individual silver in the 2014 edition and Adele had won the Junior Team gold in 2013 and followed it up with a Team gold and individual gold in 2014. Adele had also taken part in the Asian Championship and ISSF Junior Cup last year.
“Going into this competition, Adele practised her breathing control and was able to remain calm and composed. This is her graduating year. She has been trying very hard to balance her studies and shooting. She has managed to perform up to her current training standard. But there is definitely room for improvement,” said Miss Lim.
Adele said: “I was able to keep my focus on my shooting routine. When we resume training back at the Sports School, I will have to make some adjustments to my posture and gun setting. My coach had identified these technical changes but we put them on hold till after this competition. I believe with the refinement, I will be able to shoot better. What I definitely did right in this competition was to keep a positive outlook. I fought all the way.”
Xiu Yi said: “Overall, I did 95 per cent of what I was supposed to, but the 5 per cent that I failed to do affected my scores adversely. I'll have to work harder on that weakness so as to do better in the future. But I do feel that I have improved greatly, which makes me very satisfied with my performance this time round. I'm very grateful for Coach Song Haiping’s presence. He encouraged me and gave me lots of very invaluable advice which pushed me to do better.”
Coach Song said: “Xiu Yi has shown vast improvement, especially in her emotion control. For a few shots, she was slightly distracted. This is where she can improve on.”
Martina, Adele and Xiu Yi, along with Mohamad Irwan Abdul Rahman and Wong Ting Wei (both Air Rifle) and Fion Pan Cai Feng (Air Pistol) were selected by Singapore Shooting for this competition; all are Secondary 4 student-athletes. Singapore Sports School also drew on the EW Barker Endowment to send Lenice Tan Yue Tong (Secondary 3, Air Rifle) and Hew Yun Ting (Secondary 1, Air Pistol) to gain experience and exposure.