Sydney: Pacific School Games

Friday, August 6, 2010

I recently found this webpage that showed the results from way back in 2000. I competed in the Pan Pacific School Games in the Olympic Park, Aquatic Center at Sydney, Australia as part of the Philippine National Delegation. It was a fun meet for me though I had to sweat blood in order to get in the team. However, when i got there I felt no pressure at all. It was probably the non-competitive environment we were in. We had fun meeting a lot of people from different nationalities. I was 14years old back then and I couldn't care less if I win or not. I was in a different country and the experience was all that I was after.
The Olympic Stadium, Sydney 2000.
Australia is one of the countries that I absolutely love. It's laid-back but fast-paced at the same time. One of the things I remember about Sydney was that there were a lot of "rotondas'. There was no left turn when you are driving. Mostly, you have to go around a circle to get to the left road. The only downside was that the malls close early. As a Filipino, I was used to having the comfort of the mall until late at night. But there, we had to have our grocery done by 4pm!

Since this was my 2nd time in Sydney and I came for a competition, I did not have much chance to go around the city. As part of the welcoming hospitality of the host country, each athlete was assigned to live with a foster family for the duration of his/her stay. Sad to say that I cannot, for the life of me, remember the names of my foster family. All i remember is that my foster sister is Hannah, who was 15 then, and i had a foster brother named Todd then 13. My foster parents usually drove me to a school, which was converted to a meeting place for the athletes in that area. A bus would fetch us then drive us to the Olympic Park. Then we would proceed to our designated sports venues.
The 2000 Olympic Pool in Sydney, Australia.

The competition was held a few months before the actual Olympics in 2000. Basically, we tested the new pool and got a feel of how it was to swim in an Olympic-venue with FINA standards. Pretty intimidating! The water was kept at a temperature that was standard to the Olympics but it was a little too cold for my taste. Also, it was my first competition where we were provided with laundry baskets beside the starting blocks so we could deposit our non-pool gear such as jogging pants, jackets and slippers. I remember that when we got back to Manila, competitions here adapted in this method so as to lessen the confusion of the gear ownership.

Since i was there for fun, the results of my swim were not that great. However, it was fulfilling to see this after 10years.


Event 42  Girls 13-15  200m Individual Medley

 PL     Name              Age      Team                   Prelims   Finals
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Finals
  1 Abbott, Jessica        15  New South Wales            2:25.54  2:22.82
  2 Crossingham, Charnelle 15  New South Wales            2:29.14  2:24.98
  3 Stanley, Nicola        14  South Africa               2:26.68  2:25.62
  4 Houghton, Melanie      15  Queensland                 2:27.31  2:26.43
  5 Leane, Karina          15  South Australia            2:28.67  2:27.44
  6 Chen, Junfan           15  Peoples Rep. of China      2:29.63  2:28.59
  7 Kubank, Monique        15  Western Australia          2:32.09  2:30.20
  8 Paton, Sarah Louise    14  A.C.T.                     2:32.18  2:30.23
  9 Chen, Wenjun           15  Peoples Rep. of China      2:31.62  2:30.30
 10 Luker, Simone          14  South Australia            2:32.34  2:35.16

PL     Name              Age      Team                  Seed Time Prelims
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Preliminaries
  1 Abbott, Jessica        15  New South Wales            2:25.19  2:25.54
  2 Stanley, Nicola        14  South Africa               2:24.32  2:26.68
  3 Houghton, Melanie      15  Queensland                 2:28.51  2:27.31
  4 Leane, Karina          15  South Australia            2:33.80  2:28.67
  5 Crossingham, Charnelle 15  New South Wales            2:30.42  2:29.14
  6 Chen, Junfan           15  Peoples Rep. of China           NT  2:29.63
  7 Taylor, Courtney       14  Queensland                 2:30.86  2:31.23
  8 Chen, Wenjun           15  Peoples Rep. of China           NT  2:31.62
  9 Kubank, Monique        15  Western Australia          2:30.21  2:32.09
 10 Paton, Sarah Louise    14  A.C.T.                     2:33.12  2:32.18
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 11 Luker, Simone          14  South Australia            2:34.48  2:32.34
 12 Vance, Stephanie       15  New South Wales            2:30.37  2:32.40
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 13 Jingyi, Choo           15  Singapore                  2:31.00  2:32.44
 14 Lam, Cheong Weng       14  Macau                      2:36.00  2:32.71
 15 Cosgrove, Fiona        15  Western Australia          2:30.07  2:33.46
 16 Uren, Tracey           15  A.C.T.                     2:28.48  2:34.31
 17 Lawniczak, Jayne       15  Western Australia          2:33.62  2:34.57
 18 Gale, Victoria         15  Tasmania                   2:34.78  2:34.78
 19 Kotaridis, Elenie      14  Victoria                   2:32.58  2:35.52
 20 Allen, Sarah           15  Victoria                   2:33.59  2:36.30
 21 Howes, Renee           15  A.C.T.                     2:35.67  2:36.75
 22 Buckley, Dawn          15  South Africa               2:31.54  2:36.84
 23 Nisce, Michelle        15  Philippines                2:43.94  2:37.47
 24 Leach, Shannon         15  Queensland                 2:32.00  2:38.33
 25 Autunes, Jade          13  South Africa               2:34.28  2:39.09
 26 Yong, Rebecca          14  Victoria                        NT  2:39.75
 27 Grace, Nicki           15  New Zealand                2:39.32  2:40.16
 28 Allston, Johanna       14  Tasmania                   2:36.46  2:41.77
 29 Pearce, Adele          14  Northern Territory         2:45.03  2:43.81
 30 McKinnon, Hayley       13  Northern Territory         2:42.95  2:44.34
 31 Langit, Lea            14  Philippines                2:52.00  2:44.92
 32 Bereznicki, Hannah     15  Tasmania                   2:39.13  2:45.11
 33 Winkfield, Tamiko      15  Northern Marianas          2:54.75  2:47.43
 34 Rudolph, Amy           15  Northern Territory         2:44.30  2:49.88
 35 Tiambeng, Karen        14  Philippines                2:55.00  2:50.21
 36 Pierce, Jill           15  Northern Marianas          2:51.82  2:51.71
 37 Lassere, Severine      14  New Caledonia              2:52.43  2:57.52
Event 126 Girls 14-15 100m Breaststroke
PL     Name              Age      Team                   Prelims   Finals
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Finals
  1 Martin, Brooke         15  New South Wales            1:14.21  1:13.52
  2 Chen, Wenjun           15  Peoples Rep. of China      1:15.10  1:13.57
  3 Lam, Cheong Weng       14  Macau                      1:16.24  1:15.14
  4 Watt, Abbey            15  New South Wales            1:15.05  1:15.55
  5 Parker, Lauren         15  South Australia            1:16.51  1:15.68
  6 Connelly, Sunshine     15  New South Wales            1:17.12  1:16.21
  7 Teo, Nicolette         14  Singapore                  1:16.97  1:16.59
  8 Rennie, Dianne         15  Victoria                   1:18.37  1:18.21
  9 Allen, Sarah           15  Victoria                   1:19.16  1:19.82
 10 Hawes, Kate            15  A.C.T.                     1:19.12  1:20.41

PL     Name              Age      Team                  Seed Time Prelims
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Preliminaries
  1 Martin, Brooke         15  New South Wales                     1:14.21
  2 Watt, Abbey            15  New South Wales                     1:15.05
  3 Chen, Wenjun           15  Peoples Rep. of China               1:15.10
  4 Lam, Cheong Weng       14  Macau                               1:16.24
  5 Parker, Lauren         15  South Australia                     1:16.51
  6 Teo, Nicolette         14  Singapore                           1:16.97
  7 Connelly, Sunshine     15  New South Wales                     1:17.12
  8 Rennie, Dianne         15  Victoria                            1:18.37
  9 Hawes, Kate            15  A.C.T.                              1:19.12
 10 Allen, Sarah           15  Victoria                            1:19.16
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 11 Luker, Simone          14  South Australia                     1:19.75
 12 Kubank, Monique        15  Western Australia                   1:20.05
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 13 Leach, Shannon         15  Queensland                          1:20.40
 14 Bain, Emily            14  South Australia                     1:20.64
 15 Stabler, Clare         15  Western Australia                   1:20.72
 16 Edwards, Angela        14  A.C.T.                              1:21.39
 17 Karbanenko, Megan      14  Victoria                            1:21.40
 18 Thorpe, Amanda         14  Queensland                          1:21.84
 19 Konijn, Elaine         14  Western Australia                   1:21.88
 20 Pierce, Jill           15  Northern Marianas                   1:22.99
 21 Uren, Tracey           15  A.C.T.                              1:23.04
 22 Eser, Camille          15  Philippines                         1:23.27
 23 Grundy, Marisa         15  Tasmania                            1:24.45
 24 Taylor, Courtney       14  Queensland                          1:24.66
 25 White, Bronwyn         15  Tasmania                            1:25.43
 26 Woods, Claire          14  Tasmania                            1:26.67
 27 Rudolph, Amy           15  Northern Territory                  1:27.77
 28 De Vries, Andrea       15  South Africa                        1:28.43
 29 Altmann, Jessica       14  Northern Territory                  1:28.46
 30 Abueg, Clarisse        15  Philippines                         1:28.63
 31 Tiambeng, Karen        14  Philippines                         1:29.80
 32 Monot, Celine          14  New Caledonia                       1:30.57
 33 Heng, Bee Cheng        14  Malaysia                            1:33.00
 34 Aisi, Penelope         14  Papua New Guinea                    1:36.03
 35 Foo, Woei Wen          14  Malaysia                            1:39.84

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