Participants got to kayak, dragonboat and sail against the beautiful Singapore skyline during ActiveSG @ the Bay. Photo: Sport Singapore
ActiveSG Chief, Mr Lai Chin Kwang (below): “We want to let our members know that the Bay belongs to them and not just commercial interests and tourists, but for every Singaporean to enjoy.”
Photo: Sport Singapore
And enjoy the bay, they did, as people from different walks of life converged on Marina Bay for two exciting activities last Saturday.
ActiveSG @ the Bay
ActiveSG members tried their hands at various water sports including kayaking, dragon boat racing and sailing during the inaugural ActiveSG @ the Bay programme. Helping out ActiveSG were their partner NSAs, the Singapore Dragon Boat Association, Singapore Sailing Federation and Singapore Canoe federation.
Participants kayaking during ActiveSG @ the Bay. Photo: Sport Singapore
Members hopped onto their kayaks and dragon boats for a leisurely paddle from Kallang Basin, past the Marina Channel and into Marina Bay where they met up with their contemporaries who had elected to spend the day sailing in the midst of Singapore’s breathtaking architectural marvels.
Participants sailing in the midst of Singapore’s breathtaking architectural marvels. Photo: Sport Singapore
The participants, who came armed with selfie sticks and digital cameras, could not resist taking a group picture in front of the Marina Bay financial district before paddling back to whence they came.
Participants dragon boating during ActiveSG @ the Bay. Photo: Sport Singapore
“We want to let our members know that the Bay belongs to them and not just commercial interests and tourists but for every Singaporean to enjoy.” said Mr Lai Chin Kwang, ActiveSG Chief.
During an interview with SportSG, Lai shared his vision for ActiveSG @ the Bay. He said that through this programme, ActiveSG wants students, families and working adults to have access to water sports. “We want to bring them to the bay for a day of water based activities (and) to have lots of fun.”
Lai was also “heartened” by the turn out and how all available slots for the programme were taken up within an hour by ActiveSG members. Building on the success of the first ActiveSG @ the Bay, Lai intends to create more activities for children during the December school holidays.
SDBA-AustCham 10km Dragon Boat Challenge
If something a little more challenging is your cup of tea than how does an hour of non-stop paddling in a dragon boat sound?
Jointly organised by the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) and supported by the Water Activities Management Body of Sport Singapore (SportSG), the annual 10KM Dragon Boat Challenge hosted nineteen 21-crew dragon boat teams.
Participants of the SDBA-AustCham 10km Dragon Boat Challenge in action. Photo: Sport Singapore/ Tam Wai Meng
SportSG CEO, Mr Lim Teck Yin (below, left), flagged off the race with Senior Vice-President (Mass Participation) of SDBA, Mr John McGrath (below, right).
Photo: Sport Singapore/ Tam Wai Meng
Racing for Charity were the teams from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and REACH Community Services Society (RCSS).
Team AustCham Paddle Club won the race with a time of 48mins and 32 secs. Team Singapore Institute of Management and Team Spanish Armada “Yellow” came in second and third respectively.