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Singapore National Games provide platform for school and former athletes to shine

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The athletics competition of the 2016 Singapore National Games officially commenced on Sunday, attracting the participation of several familiar faces in the fraternity.

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Competitors in action during the men's 200m dash during the athletics competition of the Singapore National Games. Photo: Sport Singapore

While several current and former school athletes took part, the competition also featured national track athletes Zubin Percy Muncherji and Kenneth Khoo, the captain of the athletics contingent at last year’s Southeast Asian Games.

To 37-year-old Yenn Wong, who participated in the women’s long jump masters, the feeling of competing was one of nostalgia. The former sales manager at Adidas last competed in a long jump event during her primary school days. 

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Yenn Wong competes in the women's long jump masters during the athletics competition of the Singapore National Games at Choa Chu Kang Stadium. Photo: Sport Singapore


“It was fun, doing a bit of a sprint, and then jumping in and not hurting yourself,” said Wong, who is currently taking an indefinite sabbatical from work.

“It’s almost like you’re playing at the playground, so I quite enjoyed myself.”

Fellow competitor Abitha Venkataraman shared Wong’s sentiments, as she last played sports in college.

“It’s really a good opportunity,” said Abitha. “I was here in Singapore for the past eight years and I never knew that there was a category for masters, which would actually encourage people above 35 to take part.”

Despite admitting that competing alongside the younger generation was tough, the 35-year-old relished the chance to stay active.

The Games also provided a platform for younger athletes to gain competitive experience. 

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Poon Yee Jia of Serangoon Junior College competes in the women's 200m dash. Photo: Sport Singapore


“There are a lot of athletes to compete against and see how we’re standing, so it’s a good way for us to see how we’re doing,” said Nanyang Polytechnic student Isaiah.

The 18-year-old competed in the men’s under-20 discus throw with his teammate, Imaddin, and had found out about the competition through their coach. Isaiah eventually clinched a silver medal while Imaddin claimed the top spot. 

Catch your fellow Singaporeans competing in over 16 sports, including 5 para sports, at the Singapore National Games 2016 from now till 7 August!


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