[AD] What’s my favourite sport?

If you knew me well enough you’d know that I don’t work out regularly and I’m not exactly sporty.

But I’d like to tell you more about the days when I was super fit!

I used to do rhythmic gymnastics in secondary school. In fact, my team actually won the nationals at some point. Check out our bling (and try to spot me):

What I love about this sport is that it combines flexibility, athletics, coordination, grace, performance and the ability to handle apparatus. This quote pretty much sums it up well:

“From personal experience, when people see it they’re like, ‘Oh my, that’s so awesome.’ But when you tell someone you’re a rhythmic gymnast they’re like, ‘Do you like the beam or the bars?’…I don’t know what’s going to have to have to happen for people to look at it as a ‘real’ sport. I mean, it is a real sport. It’s completely real. I’d like to see someone take their leg and put it over their head without any practice. I’d be pretty impressed! I think that rhythmic is a beautiful, wonderful sport. It’s like ballet with extreme flexibility. It’s gymnastics, dance, expression-it’s everything!” ~ Jessica Howard (USA), from International Gymnast Magazine June/July 2000

The team category had an added element to it: perfect coordination.

For more reasons why it’s an amazing sport, check out 21 Reasons Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Is Cooler Than You Think (it features pretty cool hoop and ball tricks!

In fact, some of the other amazing things rhythmic gymnasts can do:

It’s not just confined to the mat:

Rhythmic Gymnastics stopped being a competitive sport for me when I reached JC and so I found a new way to stay fit – through dancing, and I’ve been at it ever since. But I still love watching the sport!

So, speaking of sports, my main aim is to highlight that if you’re a lover of sports, love making friends through team activities and get an adrenaline rush from competitions, you should be part of the Hunger Community Games.

The Community Games (CG) is a multi-sports competition organised by the People’s Association, held across the island, bringing the Games to the heart of the community and connecting residents of different ages, races and living across estates.

The seven sports featured under CG are Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Netball, Sepaktakraw and Table Tennis.

To help achieve the objectives of CG, the “All C.A.R.E. Teams” concept is introduced, with an aim to use community sports as a Channel to bridge and bond residents of different Ages, Races and Estates.  In general, a team must consist of members of different ages, races and living in different estates to participate in the Games, so you can grab your kakis, mummies, daddies!  The teams will compete at the cluster-level tournaments for each sport featured under CG. (Cluster boundaries follow GRC boundaries)

In addition, there’s The Community Sports Festival (CSF) – a series of sports festivals organised by the Community Sports Club Council and Community Sports Clubs  in partnership with the various Grassroots Organisations. The sports festivals would be held from 16 March to 30 June, at various venues across the island.

Cluster Dates Time Venue
Aljunied TBC TBC TBC
Ang Mo Kio 16 March 2014 8am to 12pm Punggol River, Sengkang Sports Recreation Centre
Bishan-Toa Payoh 17 May 2014 4.30pm to 7.30pm Bishan ACTIVE Park
Chua Chu Kang 13 April 2014 Chua Chu Kang Stadium
East Coast TBC TBC TBC
Holland-Bukit Timah 13 April 2014 7.30am to 12pm Petir Park
Jurong 21 June 2014 With Jurong Lake Run
Marine Parade 25 May 2014 8.30am to 12.30pm MacPherson CC
Moulmein-Kallang 21 June 2014 2pm to 6pm Toa Payoh Sports Hall
Nee Soon 8 June 2014 8am to 1pm Chong Pang Hardcourt opposite Sun Plaza
Pasir Ris-Punggol TBC TBC TBC
Sembawang 6 April 2014 8am to 12pm Republic Polytechnic
Tampines 13 April 2014 TBC TBC
Tanjong Pagar TBC TBC TBC
West Coast 6 April 2014 7.30am to 12pm Jurong West Sports Recreation Centre 

For those not-so-sporty-types (like me), one of the highlights for this year’s CSF is the introduction of the Community Sports Challenge, a modified game adapted from the actual sport, to create wider outreach and interest to those who has never participated in a sport. The challenges include Mini Pong, Archery Tag and Football. Each challenge is further divided into four categories which suit the different age groups: Children, Senior, Parent and Child and open categories.  Check out when your GRC will be holding the Community Sports Festival!

For more information on the Community Sports Club, check out their Facebook page or Instagram account

May the odds be ever in your favour!

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