Singaporeans can step into the shoes of the nation's top sportsmen by trying their hand at the athletes' respective sports in the third edition of the Sports Hub Community Play Day at the OCBC Arena on Saturday.
It is the first time the event will be held at the arena, following the previous two editions at the OCBC Square and the National Stadium.
The Sports Hub has partnered several national sports associations, the Ministry of Social and Family Development and ActiveSG to present a slew of sporting and family-oriented activities for the third Community Play Day.
From 9am to 7pm, participants can try their hand at sports such as badminton, aikido, yoga-lates and muay thai.
There will also be a silat showcase and try-out at Hall 4, where the Singapore silat team train.
SPORTS HUB COMMUNITY
PLAY DAY 3 ACTIVITIES
Silat showcase and try-outs
Learn to play table tennis
Learn to play chess
Christmas handicraft workshop
Family fun carnival
Newly crowned world champions Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau'ddin and Shakir Juanda will also be present. The duo hope to use the occasion to raise more awareness of the Malay martial art.
Said Farhan, 19: "I'm excited about interacting with the children and other people who want to learn more about silat. When you do something you like, you hope other people like it too - the more the merrier. It's rewarding when people take an interest in something that I do every day."
Shakir, 28, agreed, adding that he also wants to try his hand at the other sports on offer that day.
Asked which sports he hopes to try, he replied: "I think something unrelated to martial arts - maybe basketball or volleyball."
Para-athletes from the Singapore Disability Sports Council will play wheelchair table tennis and other sports with members of the public.
Those attending the event can also watch Team Singapore athletes train at selected times.
Some retired sportsmen such as former national shuttlers Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo will also be present.
Said Wong, who works for consulting firm Deloitte: "Since I've stopped playing badminton, I'd like to interact with the public more often. When I was a national athlete, I didn't have much time to participate in events like this.
"Now that I have the opportunity and it's on a weekend, why not attend and see how it goes?"
Activities targeted specifically at seniors are available as well, including a taiji showcase by Shin Zhong Taiji and zumba gold, whose moves are choreographed specially for older adults.
Attendees can also take part in Christmas handicraft workshops, kampung games and a family fun carnival, which will be held at the OCBC Arena lobby.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu is the event’s guest of honour.
Sports Hub senior director of corporate communications and stakeholder management Chin Sau Ho said organisers are expecting about 10,000 participants.
"We seek to feature something new with every Community Play Day as well as hold it at a different location to provide opportunities for the public to experience," he said.
"We are also excited that the next edition will be water-themed with a strong lifestyle slant."
Register for the sports try-outs at http://www.sportshub.com.sg
Correction note: The story has been edited to correct Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu's designation.