In the week leading up to National Day 2016, Singaporeans will be able to show off their pride for the nation and their love of sport through a series of sport festivals, community initiatives and competitions.
Singaporeans will be able to show off their pride for the nation and their love of sport through a series of sport festivals from 30 July to 7 Aug. Photo: Sport Singapore
Organised under the “GetActive! Singapore” banner, the initiative running from the 30 July to 7 August will have a myriad of activities island-wide to promote an active lifestyle regardless of age, sporting prowess or ability.
Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Singapore said: "The 28th SEA Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games amply demonstrated the power of sport in bringing people together and inspiring pride and celebration as a 'tribe' of Singaporeans.
FedEx Managing Director Khoo Seng Thiam (first from left), Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Tin (in black) and Minister for Culture, Communication and Youth, Grace Fu (second from left). Photo: Sport Singapore
"We would like to continue to celebrate every year as One Team Singapore. In line with this year’s National Day theme of 'Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow', GetActive! Singapore will provide opportunities for all to have fun, play and compete, and forge shared memories together through sports and physical activities.”
There are three key components to the “GetActive! Singapore” activity - Singapore National Games 2016
, Children and Families Sports Festival
, and the Active Enabler programme
The Singapore National Games (SNG) 2016 will be held concurrently with GetActive! Singapore. SNG will give the week long festivities a competitive edge when Singapore’s best compete against each other in 21 disciplines, five or which are para sports.
The Games will also have a Youth, Open and Masters category for each sport.
Speaking at the launch, Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said: "After the Asean Para Games (last December) we realised that sport is a great way for people with special needs to be involved in society. It's a great way for them to realise their potential. They don't have disabilities - they just have abilities of different levels.”
Minister for Culture, Communication and Youth, Grace Fu (second from left) taking part in a workout. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Children and Families Sports Festival will offer children and families including people with disabilities an opportunity to have fun together at the sport festivals held across the ActiveSG centres island-wide over two weekends.
Sport Singapore will also be working with schools to include elements of sports and games during their National Day celebrations.
Lastly, the Active Enabler programme is a call for creative, sport-focused and lifestyle driven proposals that are co-organised and co-created by the community and corporate partners that will encourage everyone, even those who do not exercise regularly, to develop a sporting habit.
For more information on the activities, please visit www.getactive.sg