Water sports for everyone at the first Waterfest at Kallang Basin

Get wet at the Sports Hub next weekend, when the first OCBC Waterfest takes place from July 3 to 5.

Admission and activities are free and people can take part in water-based activities such as beach volleyball, peddle boating, wave surfing and playing with remote-controlled boats at Kallang Basin during the three-day festival.

The Waterfest is the first major event organised and owned by the Sports Hub. Previous events hosted at the Sports Hub were organised by external promoters.

Mr Philippe Collin-Delavaud, chief executive of Singapore Sports Hub, says: "Singapore has always had a strong affinity to water-based sports. The inaugural OCBC Waterfest is our way of helping Singaporeans and members of the public continue their love affair with water."

The organisers expect more than 20,000 at the event. There are 2,800 slots for the various water activities for the public to sign up.

Mr Jose Raymond, the Sports Hub's senior director for corporate communications and stakeholder management, says: "As our first major placemaking event, we hope to bring people together, and to bring people back to the Sports Hub. This was why Sports Hub was created - to bring people together."

For those not who prefer to stay dry, there is also a three-hour outdoor Korean pop dance party and music performances featuring local bands Hubbabubbas, Shagies and 53A. The Sports Hub Regatta is another highlight, which has 66 canoeing, dragon-boating and kayaking races along the Kallang Basin.

Registration for the various activities are done at the festival itself, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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