Team Singapore athletes participated in the inaugural National Reading Day which was launched by Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim at the National Library on Saturday.
Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim with Team Singapore athletes during the National Reading Day at the National Library on 30 July 2016. Photo: Sport Singapore
As part of the National Reading Movement which hopes for Singaporeans to “Read More, Read Widely and Read Together”, approximately 20 Team Singapore athletes are on board a year-long collaboration as Reading Role Models to read and share their experiences with the residents of their neighbouring library.
TeamSG rhythmic gymnast Ann Sim, judoka Timothy Loh, sprinter Goh Chui Ling and wushu exponent Lee Tze Yuan took part in the literary activities and helped spread the love for reading by sharing their favourite stories and their takeaways from the books.
The national athletes were part of some 300 people who came down to participate in the Read For Books campaign, where one book is donated for every 10 people who read for 15 minutes.
Tze Yuan, who prefers reading non-fiction books, says reading might take up quite a bit of time, but the time spent does pay off in the end.
TeamSG wushu exponent Lee Tze Yuan sharing at the National Reading Day at the National Library on 30 July 2016. Photo: Sport Singapore
“I have benefitted quite a bit just by reading. Not as many books as I would like to, just a couple of books after polytechnic while waiting to enlist in the army,” said the 26-year-old, who won a Gold medal in the 2015 SEA Games.
“I chanced upon a few books, I read it and it really changed my perspective on certain things in life.”
“It is time consuming especially with training and when you have to manage school work and other commitments. But when you do find the time to get it done, it gives you a bit of knowledge and more wisdom. Even when you speak to people. It improves various aspects of your everyday life.”
Team Singapore rhythmic gymnast Ann Sim sharing with children during the National Reading Day at the National Library on 30 July 2016. Photo: Sport Singapore
Ann, also a SEA Games Gold medallist, concurs that reading can benefit oneself in many ways, be it fiction or non-fiction. The 21-year-old Harry Potter fan is also a Reading Role Model and had recently read to kids at the Bishan Library during one of the weekend reading sessions.
“I love to read so I hope that I can share my love for reading with younger kids. Kids who are young tend to absorb everything very fast,” she said.
“It’s good to start reading from a young age because that’s when they learn a lot of things such as improving on their languages and subjects.”
“And they get to expand their minds and creativity in their own fantasy world. I think it’s really nice if they can keep it up as a habit when they grow up and continue reading.”
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