With over 200 events lined up in the nine days leading up to 9 August, Singaporeans will have no lack of options to celebrate the nation’s 51st birthday through sport.
More than 200,000 Singaporeans are set to participate in GetActive! Singapore – a week-long sporting bash consisting of the Singapore National Games, Active Enabler programmes and much more.
“It tells us that people have caught on to the idea very easily. It is intuitive. It is something that they want to do and find that is meaningful to do it,” Sport Singapore Chief Executive Officer Lim Teck Yin said.
“But more important than just the number of people that have come forward, is the innovation that we see here today.
“A simple idea: let’s do 51 metres and get as many people as possible to recognise that it is our 51st birthday through a game like this, and it can be done anywhere like in a mall.”
Singapore Chief Executive Officer Lim Teck Yin attempting the SG51 Sprint Relay Challenge. Photo: Sport Singapore
The SG51 Sprint Relay Challenge,
an Active Enabler programme, is a shuttle-run race that requires you to pair up with a partner and complete the 51 metres in the shortest time possible.
“We have an After 6 Reboot campaign in all our CapitaLand Malls to offer our shoppers many exciting activities after office hours during weekdays in our malls,” said CapitaLand Mall General Manager Eddie Lim.
CapitaLand Mall General Manager Eddie Lim sprinting. Photo: Sport Singapore
“This aims to cultivate and encourage our shoppers to lead a balanced and active lifestyle.”
The SG51 Sprint Relay Challenge will be available from 1 Aug to 5 Aug at Bedok Mall, Junction 8 and Lot One, and participants can look forward to winning attractive prizes.
Tying all the various games, festivals and programmes together, Sport Singapore is also launching the Active Challenge – a call on the community to rack up 51 million steps from 30 July to National Day.
As part of the Smart Nation initiative, the challenge will be carried out through the ActiveSG mobile app, whereby people can track their steps, compare and compete with one’s friends and the rest of Singapore through a leaderboard.
While this year marks the first edition GetActive! Singapore, the public can expect to see it again every year until 2065 when the country celebrates SG100.
Lim said: “We will think very carefully about the lessons that we learnt this year to make it even better and more exciting. And hopefully get more people to join in.”