I would applaud his determination, it goes to show there are really people who are VERY VERY KEEN to take photos of local sports and news.
SINGAPORE - He ran in heavy rain, then in scorching heat, but Low Wei Jie was determined he would finish what he started.
The Compassvale Primary School student kept pace with around 100 Youth Olympic Flame torchbearers yesterday, running for more than two hours as the torch went past schools and residential districts from Greendale Secondary School to Hougang Stadium. The 12-year-old covered a distance of around 15km and he did it wearing a T-shirt, bermudas and flip-flops.
The youngster missed out on a chance to join two schoolmates carrying the torch around the North East community district because he was deemed too slow.
Drenched in sweat when MediaCorp caught up with him at the rest station at the stadium, the Primary 6 pupil said: "I wasn't planning to run for so long, but when I saw the torch today I decided to follow it. I'm not that tired right now, but my feet hurt."
Wei Jie's determination caught the eye of cheerleaders and officials alike, who stopped to offer him drinks and words of encouragement. He also posed for photos with the Youth Olympic torch.
Yesterday's relay ended with a community celebration at Temasek Polytechnic, which saw the guest-of-honour, Foreign Minister George Yeo, lighting the cauldron to kick off the evening's festivities. The torch relay continues today when it visits the North West community district, starting at Hwa Chong Institution in the morning. - LOW LIN FHOONG
Photo by Don Wong