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It Pays To Be Sports Safe

 
Nine-year-old Joey receiving her prize at the inaugural Sports Safe Singapore Creative Competition. (Photo: SSC)
 
More than 30 winners walked away with a combined prize total of $19,500 at the inaugural ‘A Sports Safe Singapore Creative Competition’ held at the Jalan Besar stadium VIP room on Friday, 22 July.

Recognising the need for sports safety to be embedded as a core value for everyone in the community, the Singapore Sports Council launched the competition in November last year to promote and instil sports safety practices among the younger generation through the means of a creative design competition.

To best engage and connect with the younger generation, participants were given the choice between three platforms to express their creativity, namely posters, photography and short films.

Participants had to best illustrate the competition’s overall theme “Sports Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility” and were judged on Concept (35%), Design and Originality (35%) and Technical Execution (30%).

Judging from the response received, the competition certainly achieved its purpose of creating awareness among the youth. From the 757 entries received, 648 or 85% came from MOE schools as well as various tertiary institutions (ITEs, Polytechnics, and Universities) island wide.

Addressing the winners at the awards ceremony yesterday, Ms. Delphine Fong, Director of Sports Safety at the Singapore Sports Council said, “I am very impressed with the various forms of creative expression on display.”

It was also a big night for the youngest winner Joey Wong, a primary three student from St. Anthony’s Primary School who came in third for the poster design category.

A sporty girl by nature, Joey’s also showed that she is equally adept with a brush through her hand drawn poster.

When quizzed on what gave her the inspiration for the poster, the shy girl replied with sweet smile saying, “Those are my favourite sports, I like to cycle and roller blade.”

This talented young lady has also made her parents proud as her mother Goh Fong Mooi shared, “Of course I’m very proud and happy for her. She always had an interest in art.”