By Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports
Jurong West Sports Centre, Saturday, April 26, 2014 — Sport Singapore (SportSG), formerly known as Singapore Sports Council, kick-started ActiveSG to encourage Singaporeans to adopt an active lifestyle.
Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, officiated the launch and announced that those who signed up for the ActiveSG membership will receive incentives including 100 ActiveSG dollars. Try your luck with dolphins pearl online. “We will credit all ActiveSG members with ActiveSG $100 to help kick-start their fitness routine. I hope that Singaporeans will come onboard to embrace this movement and share this with their family and friends too so that we can all get active and live better through sport,” said Mr Wong.
Mr Hugh Lim, Deputy Secretary (Community, Youth and Sports) of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), commented, “I think it is quite a bold move by SportSG to actually open up all its facilities, to make activities and programmes available. I think it will bring Singaporeans to a new level in sporting activity but I think more importantly, I think it will help to connect Singaporeans.”
“For a long time, we have been talking about sports for all, to bring people into sports, so that you can have an active lifestyle. With ActiveSG, the way it has been planned and programmed, it is really a call for action. I think the people in Singapore will definitely benefit from it,” added Mr Low Teo Ping, who is the vice-president of the Singapore National Olympic Committee.
National basketballer Chase Tan was all praise for the movement. “I can use the 100 dollars to sign up for a gym membership, since I frequent the gym on a regular basis.”
Former Singapore Olympians, Mr C. Kunalan, Mr Donald Koh and Mr Chua Koon Siong, were also present to show their support at the ActiveSG Launch.
Mr Kunalan, a former national sprinter, commented, “I think this is a tremendous move. We are putting it at so many centres and we are really serious about getting the public to come and get active. People would be hesitant, but once they get a taste of it, I think they would start a sporty life here, instead of staying at the shopping centres. There is something for everyone in the family.”
“I think we should bring sports into shopping hubs, where you can watch sports right in the middle of the mall. Families can do shopping, eat at restaurants, play sports, and do everything at one place,” added Mr Koh, who is a former national shuttler.
Mr Chua said, “The government has been encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle among Singaporeans. This is one of the best initiatives. I hope that the government can continue to support sports and its different programmes.” Mr Chua is a former national weightlifter.
The ActiveSG membership is valid for life and it is open to all Singaporeans and permanent residents. Membership is free.
Over the next few weeks, Sport Singapore will also be holding several open houses at various Sports Centres island-wide, to facilitate registrations of the ActiveSG membership.
For more information on the ActiveSG open houses, visit: http://www.myactivesg.com/about-activesg/activesg-open-houses
For more information on the ActiveSG membership, visit: www.myactivesg.com
To sign up for the ActiveSG membership, visit: members.myactivesg.com
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