TeamSG basks in community spirit at Heartbeat@Bedok launch
07 February 2018
By Wong Jeng Teng
From group workouts, performances, to educational booths, Heartbeat@Bedok was bustling with activity on Sunday as some 4,000 people, including our TeamSG athletes, gathered for the integrated lifestyle hub’s official opening day.
TeamSG swimmer Pang Sheng Jun (right) shares how he incorporates Active Health into his lifestyle and recommends ways the community can adopt an Active Health lifestyle too.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the guest-of-honour for the opening, which also coincided with the unveiling of the second Active Health lab and a new discovery centre.
For the occasion, an Active Health Learning Journey and a Singapore Jersey booth were set up at the atrium, and our TeamSG athletes were present to meet and connect with the community.
TeamSG Fencer Clive Leu and Swimmer Pang Sheng Jun were invited to take on the role of Active Health ambassadors, bringing visitors through the Active Health Learning Journey where they imparted learnings and recommendations for the four pillars – physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and screen time.
As residents of East Coast GRC, the two found Sunday’s opportunity to engage with the public to be extra meaningful. SEA Games bronze medallist Clive shared: “It’s quite the privilege [to be here today]. I got to meet a lot of people, and it’s quite exciting to see that people are interested in knowing more [about Active Health]!”
Our TeamSG swimmer Pang Sheng Jun (left)and fencer Clive Leu (right) imparting their learnings as Active Health ambassadors.
Sheng Jun, a 29th SEA Games gold medallist, concurred: “It’s quite good to give back to the community with my own personal experiences. When I was teaching, I gave [personal examples] like how important the four pillars are, and what they mean to me.”
After a morning of imparting Active Health tips to the public, the new Active Health ambassadors found themselves inspired to take on some personal challenges of their own.
“For me personally, when I go home now, I’m also going to choose a pillar that I want to commit to as well because nobody’s perfect, I’m not perfect too,” shared the swimmer.
Clive was also game for a challenge. He said: “There’s a really difficult habit, which is to not use my phone 30 minutes before I sleep. I think I’m going to try very hard for three weeks on that!”
Our TeamSG fencer Clive Leu engaging the community and sharing with them what Active Health is about.
Members of the public were also asked to make their own commitments to Active Health after learning about the various habits, and the response was overwhelming.
Thanks to the athlete ambassadors, 54-year-old Song Weng Teng learnt plenty from the Active Health booth on Sunday.
“Having learned all the tips today, I will know how to lead a healthier lifestyle! I think everyone should exercise more, so you’ll feel rejuvenated and energised,” said the homemaker.
Meanwhile, at the Singapore Jersey booth, TeamSG Rower Syahir Rafa’ee and Sailor Jovin Tan played host to many Singaporeans, who were interested in purchasing the unique TeamSG apparel.
Our TeamSG athlete-models - sailor Jovin Tan (left) and Syahir Rafa'ee (right) rallying support for their fellow athletes for the upcoming 2018 Games.
“It’s an honour to be part of this project because we’re always encouraging inclusiveness. A lot of people were here today, [and] they were very curious,” said Jovin, a four-time Paralympian.
He noted that the jersey is a way for Singaporeans to show their support for national athletes: “I would say it provides a sense of belonging, knowing that there are people giving support [and] encouragement, [the kind] of support that an athlete wishes for.”
Indeed, that’s what 40-year-old Chong Tung Mui was hoping to achieve by buying the jerseys for her family.
“We actually like the jerseys a lot, and [it is all] to support Team Singapore,” she said, sharing that she will be ordering some online as well, so she can customise the jerseys with her family members’ names.
Seeing the public pick up the jerseys was heartening for Syahir, who shared that the support would go a long way in encouraging the athletes to pursue greater heights.
“Even though they may not know [it], but wearing this [jersey] means you’re supporting local athletes, which is heartwarming, to know that there are Singaporeans who care and take pride in the local scene,” said the rower.