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5 reasons to come to the OCBC Aquatic Centre

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5 reasons to come to the OCBC Aquatic Centre

07 June, 2015   Crystal Ng & Shantel Neo

Malaysian divers Chew Yi Wei (L) and Ooi Tze Liang posing for a shot after the first day of diving. Photo: Phoa Kim Meng/SINGSOC
Malaysian divers Chew Yi Wei (L) and Ooi Tze Liang posing for a shot after the first day of diving. Photo: Phoa Kim Meng/SINGSOC

Are you watching the SEA Games Aquatics events sitting down at home by your television? Have a change and experience the life that the OCBC Aquatics Centre can bring you. Being amongst the crowd and experience the exhilarating atmosphere as you watch the swimmers plunge into the pool. Feel the air grow tense as the divers prepare to take jump off the springboard, trust us, it is a whole new feeling altogether.

So why not drop by the OCBC Aquatic Centre and live the experience for yourself? If you are still unsure, here are a couple more reasons to sway you.

1) Watch it for free!

Low on finances or facing sold out tickets? No problem, the Heats are just as exciting as the finals! Morning Heats for swimming are free entry and the empty seats are just hoping to be filled. Come down and join us in the morning for some swimming action or perhaps to catch a glimpse of your favourite swimmers!

2) Buy cute merchandise

SEA Games Mascot Nila plushie. Photo: Shantel Neo/SINGSOC 

SEA Games Mascot Nila plush toys. Photo: Shantel Neo/SINGSOC

The adorable Nila mascots are printed everywhere, but have you ever wondered where you can get one of your own? Look no further, we have a merchandise store right here at the OCBC Aquatic Centre where you can get shirts, badges and yes, Nila plushies! You won’t have to walk back to the main carnival to take home a piece of the 28th SEA Games.

3) Leave your mark on the message board

Fans of all ages leaving messages of support for SEA Games athletes at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. Photo: Shantel Neo/SINGSOC
Fans of all ages leaving messages of support for SEA Games athletes at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. Photo: Shantel Neo/SINGSOC

Right outside the spectator seats stands a wall filled with words of encouragement to the athletes. Everyone from young to old will stop by the wall to leave something behind. Words or drawings, come on down and encourage your athletes before they battle it out at the pool.

4) You don’t have to just watch sports to have fun

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Dunk hoops while on a bungee at the 28th SEA games Carnival. Photo: SINGSOC

Right beside the OCBC Aquatic Centre is the Kallang Wave Mall, filled with tons of shops for everyone. From high street fashion stores to cafés, you can always find something to do here after the matches. The carnival right outside the mall is also bustling with people. With events such as performances (The Sam Willows, anyone?) to cosplay idol appearances and laser tag, you get the full experience of the SEA Games in just one place. 

Also, check out our 28th SEA Games Carnival for fun for the family.

5) Lastly, Joseph Schooling is an ABS-olute must-see at the SEA Games. We will see you here!

Singapore's golden boy Joseph Isaac Schooling at the first day of swimming at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. Photo: Phoa Kim Meng/SINGSOC
Singapore's golden boy Joseph Isaac Schooling at the first day of swimming at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. Photo: Phoa Kim Meng/SINGSOC

This author of this article is a volunteer content producer with Team Nila. For more content produced by Team Nila, please head to the 28th SEA Games Social Wall.

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