Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Singapore Sports Council (left) and Mr Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (centre), signing the “Be Sports Safe, Buddy Up” Initiative flag. (SSC images)
By John Yeong
Singapore, 30 July 2013 - There are numerous benefits that come with sports participation, but as with any physical activity there is always an element of risk. Having a friend or family member to look out for you when engaging in sports can help to reduce incidents and accidents, and that is the simple idea that forms the basis of Singapore Sports Council’s (SSC) “Be Sports Safe, Buddy Up” campaign.
Launched by Mr Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth at walk-a-jog event at River Valley High School this morning, the campaign is part of an on-going effort to raise awareness and create a culture of sports safety among Singaporeans.
Some 20 partners have joined hands to be part of the campaign and will provide support through various means - from banners, to roadshows and outreach activities. These partners include Sentosa Development Corporation, National Parks Board, and water them park Wild Wild Wet to name a few.
Mr Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (left)
Mr Loi Guang You, Vice Principal of River Valley High School (centre), and Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Singapore Sports Council (right) flagging off the walk-a-jog around River Valley High School stadium. (SSC images)Everyone's Well Being
“Buddy up is a simple idea that can go a long way to ensure the well being of everyone who plays sports,” said Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, SSC. “Through the Buddy Up campaign, we hope to help everyone understand that sports safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
The “Be Sports Safe, Buddy Up” campaign builds on other sports safety initiatives that have been launched previously, such as the “Sports Safety Champs” programme, a programme which has recruited and trained over 1,800 individuals to date to educate the general public on the importance of sports safety.