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Entries for August 2009

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiating the Opening of the Sengkang SRC

The first-of-its-kind hybrid facility delivers a sporting lifestyle under one roof

The Sengkang Sports and Recreation Centre (SRC) was officially opened last Sunday, 26 July, by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Residents from the Sengkang West Constituency gathered on that sunny morning to celebrate the official opening of their newest playground, which boasts an impressive array of sports and lifestyle facilities.

As early as 8 o’clock in the morning, residents started to flock to the Sengkang SRC. There was a full line-up of activities awaiting them, from sports like synchronised swimming, rhythmic gymnastics and martial arts, to other community activities like line dancing and calligraphy.

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Photo courtesy: of LAT Photographic / Singapore GP Pte Ltd

With the 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX less than a month away, we keep you up to speed with a preview of what to expect during the race and during this September in Singapore.


Come 25 to 27 September 2009, Marina Bay will echo again with the roar of cars during the world’s only FORMULA ONE night race. This year, not only will the circuit be fine-tuned to provide more action for race fans, more entertainment acts have been lined up within the circuit to ensure a fun-filled and exciting experience for ticket holders!

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From left to right: Mr Ng Ser Miang, Mr Timothy Fok, Quah Ting Wen, Chang Cyucheol
Photo courtesy: of SAYGOC

The Asian Youth Games closing ceremony concluded what had been an amazing nine days of sporting action. Held in a cosy setting at the Games Village in Swissotel the Stamford, the athletes were seen mingling freely and taking photos with their fellow AYG athletes, as the fun-filled programme for the evening unfolded.

The audience, including athletes and the Games workforce, re-lived memorable moments when they were treated to an exclusive video re-cap of the AYG. The guests had heaps of fun participating in the light-hearted games led by the witty emcee, The Flying Dutchman. Students from schools such as Tanjong Katong Girls’ staged enchanting performances to captivate the audience. To thunderous applause, two outstanding young athletes - Chang Gyucheol from the Republic of Korea and Quah Ting Wen from Singapore - were named AYG’s Most Valuable Player in the Boys’ and Girls’ categories.

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Quah Ting Wen (Centre) celebrates with her teammates after winning the 4x100m freestyle relay
Photo courtesy: of SAYGOC


NINE DAYS OF INTENSE DRAMA

On the athletes’ front, the first-ever Asian Youth Games (AYG), which started on 29 June, ended on a high note on 7 July, after nine full days of intense, nail-biting action. It saw some 1,400 young athletes competing in nine sports at various venues across the island. These sports were Aquatics (diving and swimming), Athletics, FIBA 33 (Basketball), Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Football, Sailing, Shooting and Table Tennis.

For these young athletes, the AYG provided a rare and invaluable opportunity for them to pit their skills against their peers on an international level. More importantly, it allowed them to learn the values of Olympism - Friendship, Respect and Excellence.

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