While several of Team Singapore’s athletes and para-athletes are making their final preparations for the upcoming Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, Singaporeans island-wide were also preparing for their own respective competitions at the 2016 Singapore National Games.
The multi-sports festival, which drew more than 10,000 participants across 21 sport disciplines, officially kicked off with the commencement of the indoor volleyball competition at Hougang Sports Hall on Sunday.
The indoor volleyball competition for the Singapore National Games 2016 officially kicked off at Hougang Sports Hall over the weekend. Photo: Sport Singapore
First launched in 2012, the Games sought to bridge bonds and encourage active participation among residents of all walks of life. Organised by Sport Singapore and ActiveSG, this year’s edition coincides with GetActive! Singapore, a week-long sporting bash, and leads up to the nation’s 51st birthday celebrations.
For indoor volleyball, competition manager Toh Chee Keong cited “a significant increase in the number of teams playing”, from a total of 300 players in 2014 to 658 participants in this edition.
While heartened by the turnout, the 32-year-old lamented the absence of younger players due to a clash with school timetables.
“Still, the reception from the general public is very good and overall, the feedback that I get is very positive and I hope that the event can end of on a very high note.
Toh added: “I’m very grateful that ActiveSG and Sport Singapore continued to include volleyball as a sport (in the Games).”
Teo Shi Ling of Chong Pang CSC in action during the indoor volleyball competition. Photo: Sport Singapore
The first day of competition also featured former teammates joining forces to compete again, including Ngee Ann Alumni’s Tan Wen Yi and Tan Wen Xin, both of whom are also sisters.
“We decided to join this event because it’s been long since we’ve competed competitively, so we thought that this would be a chance for us to play together again on the same team after four years,” said Wen Yi.
“We definitely miss this kind of excitement and adrenaline rush, and it’s kind of like old times, playing together and also playing for our seniors, and we miss this feeling.”
To the younger Wen Xin, who did not play with some of the older members of the team prior to the Games, the generation gap did not deter her.
“Some of us have never played with each other before, but we still do our best to work together.”
Catch your fellow Singaporeans competing in over 16 sports, including 5 para sports, at the Singapore National Games 2016 from now till 7 August!