Participants of the STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sport Leaders' Camp posing for a photograph at the finale dinner. Photo: Sport Singapore
The last ten days went by in a flash for participants of the inaugural STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp -- from the way they were still bursting with energy at the finale dinner held at Seletar Country Club, it was clear they wished there was more time to spend with their newfound friends.
Some activities that the 136 youth participants from Singapore and across Asia engaged in over the past week included dragonboating, forest adventures and a high element course at Bedok Reservoir -- all specially planned as part of the camp with the aims to forge diversity, build confidence and foster leadership and teamwork.
While some highlights of the finale included a buffet spread, some performances and table games, it was also really just a chance for the camp-goers to spend time together as part of this new community and reflect on the whole experience.
Participants in high spirits during the dinner. Photo: Sport Singapore
One participant, Tengku Mohd Darwiis, said that the camp helped him to learn more about himself, and he even only realised his fear of heights after going trying out the high element course. "If given the same opportunity, I will definitely want to do this all over again," said the 21-year-old rugby player.
The camp's finale dinner was graced by Ms Chan Lay Hoon, board member and director of the Singapore Olympic Foundation, who in her speech, wished the young participants a safe return home.
"Your sporting potential should be measured by the height of your aspirations... Always strive to be the best that you can be. Teamwork in adversity, dignity in defeat. When you are successful, always remember your roots and those who have supported you in your journey."