Community sports: 1,000 people enjoy free boating at Water Sports Centre Community Day

Participants from KK Hospital and their families preparing to go dragonboating at the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Oct 9, 2016.
Participants from KK Hospital and their families preparing to go dragonboating at the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Oct 9, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Participants from KK Hospital and their families trying out dragonboating at the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Oct 9, 2016.
Participants from KK Hospital and their families trying out dragonboating at the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Oct 9, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Participants lining up to take part in a free kayaking session at the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Oct 9, 2016.
Participants lining up to take part in a free kayaking session at the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Oct 9, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Participants learning how to kayak during the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Oct 9, 2016.
Participants learning how to kayak during the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Oct 9, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - About 1,000 people gave a shot at dragon boating, kayaking and pedal-boating for free at the Water Sports Centre Community Day on Sunday.

The event, held from 9am to 6pm, was organised by the Singapore Sports Hub in partnership with ActiveSG, the national movement for sports. Its objective was to allow the community to explore the offerings at the Water Sports Centre.

The Sports Hub's director of sports and community programming Siva Krishnan said: "The Water Sports Centre Community Day is a water-themed event and it is an extension of the Sports Hub Community Play Day, which aims to encourage the Singapore community to interact with and discover the myriad of activities available at the Singapore Sports Hub."

Among the participants who were thrilled to ride on the pedal boats and try their hands on a double kayak was communications executive Dawn Tan. The 24-year-old said: "Water sports is not commonly offered for free and it's not what we usually do like going to watch a movie. So it's quite a novel activity for us."

The Water Sports Centre is located along the Kallang Basin and it offers courses and programmes, including an introductory course for beginners to learn how to be a competent kayaker.