Fringe activities add colour to Sports Hub opening
27 June, 2014
Sophian Jamil, Ahsan Uddin and Benedict Teo
A father and daughter attending the Sports Hub Open house sharing a happy moment (photo by Sport Singapore/Dyan).
People turned up in droves at the new National Stadium, Kallang to witness the official opening of the Singapore Sports Hub. Many took the opportunity to take part in the fringe activities as well, to celebrate the one year countdown to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which Singapore will be hosting in June 2015.
It was the perfect opportunity for members of public to try out a buffet of new sports which piqued their interest with an exciting array of SEA Games sports stations on offer which included Floorball, Netball, Volleyball, Sepak Takraw and Kid’s athletics among others.
Some of the main highlights of the day included a specially designed 180 degree photo-booth by the Courts Young Lions as they launched their new campaign, a walk-a-jog which was attended by some 6,000 participants, and an exciting fireworks display, all held as part of the celebrations of the countdown and Sports Hub opening.
Seow Chun, a 32-year-old civil servant, who brought his wife and son along to try out the floorball station said, “It’s good to organise such events for kids to try out sports, I think it would be even better if there are activities for toddlers! I’m excited about the fireworks which we will be watching later."
Apart from coming down to enjoy the fringe activities, some participants also came with the intention of supporting the Team Singapore Athletes.
Nelawati, a 35-year-old homemaker and mother of three, came with her children to the Sports Hub Opening to meet the Young Lions at the 180-degree photo booth. She quipped, “We are excited to meet the Young Lions as we are avid football fans, and will be watching the 2015 SEA Games football matches. We hope that Team Singapore athletes will win many medals as a present for Singapore’s 50th birthday.”
Besides attracting families, the Sports Hub Opening also attracted members of several Community Clubs. Mohammad Wafar, a 62-year-old security personnel, came for the event. He said, “I came to the event with members of Taman Jurong Community Club.” Additionally, he also believes that “The SEA Games allows south-east Asian nations to bond closely through competitions. In times of need, we can rely on this bond to support each other.”
Members of Ang Mo Kio Community Club also came to witness the Sports Hub Opening. Mr. Ching, a 78-year-old Community Club leader and an avid sports enthusiast, came clad in red and carried flags to express his support. He said, “I am passionate about football, swimming and table-tennis. I wish Singapore can perform well in the SEA Games next year.”
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