It's school's heart & soul

It's school's heart & soul
Former Cedar Girls’ Secondary track stars (from left) Yonnie Kwok, Fiona Tan, Chan Wai Lin and Shereen Ng are hoping their track will remain.

It has never been "just a running track".

That seemed to be the recurring line from four of Cedar Girls' Secondary's former national schools track stars.

The 400m track they were referring to is located behind the school and has churned out runners who topped the leaderboard at the national schools meets since 1957.

The track is slated to make way for the new Bidadari estate when its lease ends in 2017.

Over the last 40 years - since 1973 - Cedar Girls' Secondary were champions 34 times across the B and C divisions.

"The Cedar track is the heart and soul of the school.

"For decades it has been the most deeply rooted feature of its identity. It has moulded the character of all who have trodden on it," housewife and former sprinter Yonnie Kwok, 40, told The New Paper.

Ms Kwok, who took top spots in the races of 1987, said the school owed its impressive athletic performance each year at the national schools meet "to her track".

"I was very shocked and disappointed when I learnt that our beloved track is making way for housing," she said.

Ms Kwok was handpicked to train as a school runner by then-coach Chan Wai Lin, now the Assistant Director of Sports at the Singapore Sports School.

Ms Chan was also a Cedar Girls' track star from 1974 to 1976.

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