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Members of the public were treated to a slew of sporting activities organised by ActiveSG at the second Car Free Sunday last weekend.

The event was kicked off by Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim and Senior Minister for National Development and Home Affairs, Desmond Lee.

Minister Lee joined other cyclists on a ride around the car-free zone while Dr Yaacob went on a brisk walk with his constituency’s brisk walking club.

The area around Connaught Drive and Esplanade park was turned in a sports carnival with kid’s athletics, mini-tennis, basketball and football tryouts among the many activities. 

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Participants in action at the basketball tryout by the ActiveSG Basketball Academy. Photo: Sport Singapore

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Participants in action with Aleksandar Duric (left) at the football tryout by the ActiveSG Football Academy. Photo: Sport Singapore  

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Participants in action at the mini-tennis tryout by the ActiveSG Tennis Academy. Photo: Sport Singapore

Although aimed at the younger members of the public, people of all ages were on hand to try the different sports.

Mark Teo, a mini-tennis volunteer coach, said: “We’re introducing kids to learn tennis in a fun and easy way. At this age the most important thing to get their attention is to make it fun for them.”

“We have a whole slew of programs that we’re introducing soon such as out school holiday programs and come zone we’re starting some zonal academies that’s where we’re looking at a more regular programming on a weekly basis for them to learn tennis.”

The area around Empress lawn was also transformed into a huge outdoor party with the Health Promotion Board and Sport Singapore partnering to bring Zumba and Piloxing to the city center. 

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Piloxing is a new sport that combines the three sports of pilates, boxing and dancing. Photo: Sport Singapore

For the uninitiated, Piloxing - a portmanteau - is a new sport that combines the three sports of pilates, boxing and dancing.

“Piloxing is a high intensity program which involves interval training where we blend three programs together,” said master trainer for Piloxing Singapore, Rasidah.

“Having an active lifestyle is very important,” she continued. “From my own experience, I’m a diabetic and with this (piloxing), it helps with my health.”

For those craving something a bit more challenging, the ActiveSG Functional Fitness program by Superfit (SportSG) was also available to satisfy the appetites of most fitness fanatics. The program was partly inspired by the gruelling workouts that ancient Spartan soldiers would go through.

“Functional fitness is a strength and conditioning program. The movements that we do during functional fitness emulates day to day activities,” said Steffan Fung a SuperFit Functional Training coach.

“This is part of the Spartan SGX training mass workout which prepares the participants for the upcoming Spartan race in May.” 

Click here for more ActiveSG programmes and activities for you and your family!


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