GetActive! Singapore gets more sports

Above: Minister Fu slacklining at Sentosa. Like tightrope walking, slacklining involves balancing and walking on a line anchored on both sides above ground level. Left: National ultimate frisbee player Janssen Tan (in red) and former national player
Minister Fu slacklining at Sentosa. Like tightrope walking, slacklining involves balancing and walking on a line anchored on both sides above ground level.ST PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Above: Minister Fu slacklining at Sentosa. Like tightrope walking, slacklining involves balancing and walking on a line anchored on both sides above ground level. Left: National ultimate frisbee player Janssen Tan (in red) and former national player
National ultimate frisbee player Janssen Tan (in red) and former national player Bryan Goh showcasing the sport.ST PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Second edition set to have 24 disciplines, new competitions organised for three groups

The second instalment of GetActive! Singapore will expand to feature more sports, as well as competitions tailored for the corporate, youth and masters segments.

The 12-day celebration of sport in the lead-up to National Day will take place from July 29 to Aug 9 and will continue to include disability sports. Plans have been made to have 24 sports - three more than last year. Cycling, para-cycling, ultimate frisbee, adventure racing, petanque and pickleball are set to be new introductions. Dragon boat, canoe marathon and cross-country will make way for these new sports.

The final roster will depend on the responses for the prospective sports. Registration will open in mid-May.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said yesterday: "It was a very good start last year. We saw many people stepping forward, participating in the sports they like best, or trying something new.

"That's the whole idea of ActiveSG and (the) Singapore National Games (SNG) - to allow Singaporeans to come celebrate National Day through sports. We'd like more to pick up something they're interested in, be active."

She was at Sentosa's Palawan Green to announce this year's line-up and tried slacklining and playing frisbee. She made special mention of the National Corporate Games, which will be run alongside the National Youth Games (Under- 21) and National Masters Games (age range to be determined).

CELEBRATING A SPORTING LIFESTYLE

That's the whole idea... to allow Singaporeans to come celebrate National Day through sports. We'd like more to pick up something they're interested in, be active.

GRACE FU , Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, on the reasons why ActiveSG and the Singapore National Games were created.

The inaugural competitions are held this year instead of the biennial SNG, which will return next year.

Ms Fu said: "The corporate challenge is a wonderful idea... it's a good way to bring different races, backgrounds together, (to) socialise and live better through sport."

With avid runners and cyclists in the company, SMRT is planning to field teams not only in its strong suit but also in beach volleyball and table tennis.

Chairman of SMRT Sports Club Potira Alves Ama, 35, said: "It really helps with team bonding and helps us to know each other better, as well as other companies."

For frisbee enthusiasts, it represents a chance to introduce more people to the sport. With a pool of about 3,000 regular players here, there are hopes to reach 4,000.

Ultimate Players Association (Singapore) vice-president Emily Wong, who is also captain of the national women's team, said: "It makes a world of difference for ultimate frisbee to be included this year. It opens the gates for us and creates a lot more opportunities."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2017, with the headline 'GetActive! Singapore gets more sports'. Print Edition | Subscribe