Public try out SEA Games sports on 2nd day of Sports Hub open house


Public try out SEA Games sports on 2nd day of Sports Hub open house

28 June, 2014   Kenneth Ho

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Visitors got to try out various SEA Games sports, including Taekowndo (above), on the second day of the Sports Hub Community Open House. (Photo by VoxSports)

The Sports Hub opened its doors to the public for a first-hand look on 27 and 28 June, with thousands thronging the state-of-the-art complex.

Various SEA Games sports were on display for the public to witness or try, as athletes attempt to raise awareness of their quest for qualification or glory.

Entry into the new National Stadium was available for free, and hundreds stood waiting patiently in line as they get a terrace-view of the 55,000-capacity stadium.

In the spanking new Kallang Wave shopping mall, footballers were having a kick about with the public as they spread the message of how they are preparing for the regional tournaments, and urged the public to provide their support. 

Nila and sportcares at open house
Our SportCares beneficiaries, who were helping out at the event, taking a break with Nila, the SEA Games mascot. (Photo by VoxSports)

A 180 degree FAS photo booth was available, as the public were able to have a bit of fun playing around with a ball while getting snapshots of their actions from 180 degrees. Our SportCares beneficiaries were out in force, helping out at the photo booth and having a great time while doing it!

FAS booth at open house

Courts Young Lions, posing for a picture with their young fans at the 180 degree FAS photo booth. (Photo by VoxSports)

Over at the OCBC Arena, in the basement hall, martial arts practitioners of Taekwondo, Wushu and others strutted their stuff, as they performed swift kicks and graceful maneuvers with power and precision.

The day’s tryout allowed the public to learn more about the sports on display, as families got to engage in a game of hockey, frisbee, badminton and many more! 

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A young girl trying her hand at hockey. (Photo by VoxSports)

frisbee at open house
A frisbee instructor giving tips to a newbie. (Photo by VoxSports)

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Basketball try-out at the hard courts. (Photo by VoxSports)

archery at sports hub open house
Archery enthusiasts got to give it a shot at the open house. (Photo by VoxSports)

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Petanque try-out. (Photo by VoxSports)

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A boy trying out Sepak Takraw at the event. (Photo by VoxSports)

The event brought joy to families, as it gave them an outlet to entertain their child with while enjoying themselves in the process.

Maria Papatos who was there with her daughter was also keen to point out that such try outs might be able to inspire their children to take up sports to.

“We live nearby here and it will be good to have something for the kids to look forward to every weekend,” she said.

The activities also stirred interest in the SEA Games 2015, with some barely able to contain their excitement of Singapore playing host to the biennale tournament.

“It has been a while since Singapore hosted the SEA Games, and this is a good opportunity for us to provide our athletes with support first-hand instead of being behind the television,” said Ong Shi Kiat. 


The events on 28 June were preceded by a fireworks extravaganza, as well as a mass walk, the day before. There was good news too, as Singtel announced a sponsorship deal of $15 million for the Games.