The flame for this year’s National Collegiate Sports Meet was lit on May 2nd at National Chung-Hsin University in Tai-chung. For this year’s games, all participating teams were divided into four districts , and the games were played at over 164 universities and colleges in central and southern parts of Taiwan, plus Kinmen and Matsu. National Taiwan University was assigned as the torch bearer for the first Northern District, so Teacher Tai-Yuan Chuang of the Athletic Department led members of the NTU Soft Tennis Team to do the torch relay work for the first Northern District. The NTU Soft Tennis Team won the 2nd runner up in last year’s National Collegiate Sports Meet (Men’s Open Group), and the runner up in women’s general group, their performances are nothing short of amazing. So we hope that they will lead our athletes to create stunning records again in this year’s games. The torch relay, which traditionally symbolizes peace, friendship, and progress, prefaced this year’s games as well.
For this year’s games, NTU participated in track and field, swimming, table tennis, badminton, tennis, judo, taekwondo, archery, fencing, and gymnastics. Altogether we sent 29 staff and 250 athletes to the games. Due to the arrangement of agenda, the Sports Meet was commenced on May 2nd and concluded on May 10th. Soon after the games began, our participating teams sent back news of triumph one by one. The first good news was from the women’s table tennis team, which won the 5th place in women’s open group. Later on, our table tennis teams also performed well in the general group, as the men’s team won the runner up, and the women’s team won the 2nd runner up. As for badminton, our team in men general pulled off brilliantly, and won the championship after a hard-fought fight.
Our swimming teams did not let us down. In 39 record-breaking sporting events, our swimming teams broke 9, of which Miss Wan-Jung Cheng alone broke 3 individual and 1 relay records, and Mr. Ping Yuan broke 3 individual records. These two are the most outstanding. Another student worth mentioning was Mr. Juo-Yi Chen of the swimming team, who was nominated by our university and won the Athletic Spirit Award. His excellent sportsmanship is to be commended. This year’s National Collegiate Sports Meet ended on a perfect note on May 10th. National Taiwan University won 32 gold, 17 silver, and 22 bronze medals in total , and achieved a very remarkable record.