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Jannah Monjiat: Fronting sports volunteerism in Singapore

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They are your everyday Singaporeans, dealing with the demands of school and work. However, Sport Singapore’s newly appointed brand ambassadors and influencers all have something else in common – their belief in the importance of living better through sport. Get to know them in our eight-part series here!

All you have to do is take a brief look through Jannah Monjiat’s Instagram and you will realise that this lady is never afraid of showing her true self.

Ethusiastic in her interactions with others and passionate about the local sports scene, Jannah finds herself in two positions that suit her perfectly – first, as a Team Nila volunteer, and now as a brand ambassador for Sport Singapore.

She had joined Team Nila back in 2015, when she worked with the Sport Singapore (SportSG) digital team in creating content for the 28th SEA Games held in Singapore. “It was a really fun experience! I’m a media student.

Sport Singapore ambassador & Sport InfluencerThe bubbly Jannah poses for the cameras in the photoshoot announcing SportSG's first batch of brand ambassadors. Photo: Emmanuel Chiang / SportSG

To be part of the SEA Games, covering events for Sport Singapore’s digital platforms, was a dream come true,” said the 30-year-old. “It was great that I got to have fun at this sporting event and pursue my passion in journalism,” Jannah stated.

Such opportunities to marry her passion for journalism and interest in sports were the main drivers behind her continued efforts and contributions with Team Nila, as she recounted: “Volunteering might not be a paid gig, but I reap a lot more.”

“When you’re out on the ground, watching [the athletes] compete, you get goose bumps!” Jannah shared. Now that she has donned another hat, as a SportSG ambassador, Jannah will look to spread the word on the impact and benefits of sports volunteerism, in hopes of encouraging more Singaporeans to recognise that there is more to sports than the competitions, and get involved in the local sporting scene themselves.

“What I hope to show the masses is that sporting events – and even national athletes – are not intimidating. We’re all just normal people, but [some] with capabilities and a spirit that [sometimes seem] beyond human!” Jannah enthused.

“I want to let people know that through volunteerism, you can get involved in sports too. You don’t have to be a high-performance athlete or [be] super fit. You can just enjoy the atmosphere and get to meet new people – it’s amazing!” she shared.

Additionally, the self-proclaimed foodie is also keen on using her social platforms to promote happy and healthy eating. As a believer of a balanced diet, she has been making a conscious effort to clean up her eating habits.

“Moving forward, I’m just seeking a better balance for myself and for this ambassador role. There’s a responsibility; it can’t always be about eating whatever you want, but it also can’t be depriving yourself of food that makes you happy,” Jannah explained.

“I also hope to motivate people to cook their own meals! This is not only a good way to save money, [but] you also get to control the amount of salt and sugar that go into your food,” she continued. Jannah even teased the possibility of posting cooking videos on her Instagram account in the future, since she has begun experimenting and creating healthier options of her favourite food.

Looking ahead, it appears that exciting times await Jannah either way, whether she achieves success in her quest to guide more towards clean eating or inspires others to join her in the Team Nila army. “I can be very candid and I’m quite comfortable in front of the camera,” she said, before elaborating further on her day job as a science educator at the Science Centre Singapore.

“With my job, I pretty much face the public all the time, especially when I do shows in malls. All this is very natural for me - I’m just being myself!” she concluded, with a big smile on her face.

For a daily dose of positivity, and more updates on what SportSG ambassador Jannah is up to, be sure to follow her on her Instagram (@jannahmonjiat) and watch out for videos featuring her on the MyActiveSG and SportVolunteer.sg Facebook pages!