6 things you don’t want to miss in July and August 2017

So we are entering that time of the year where activities and events are approaching thick and fast. While there is plenty of other stuff going on as well, here is my personal pick of six sport and health highlights you do not want to miss out on in the next couple of months, especially if you reside in Singapore.

For a full list of sporting events in Singapore all year round, visit this link here.

1.Samantha Low’s Active Health Journey

When? Fri, 23 June to Fri, 28 July 2017
Where? myActiveSG.com, myActiveSG Facebook, and Samantha Low’s public Instagram (@s.lowbutsteady)

If you have yet to start following health ambassador Samantha Low’s Active Health journey, then this is something you definitely want to start doing soon before it ends!

Follow Samantha on her 6-week journey towards better health. Photo: Instagram.com/s.lowbutsteady

Sam is currently on week 3 of her six week journey towards a better and healthier life, and you stand to learn some useful weekly tips from her on how to make simple changes to your daily habits that will improve your overall well-being.

You can track her journey either by liking and following myActiveSG Facebook, or visit our website where she blogs weekly on every Friday.

There is plenty more to the Active Health programme that is coming up in the months ahead that will benefit all Singaporeans, but for now here are some easy-to-read articles on better nutrition, sleeping habits, screen time management, and weekly physical activity which you may find useful.

2. Launch of ActiveSG Hockey Academy

When? Sat, 15 July 2017
Where? Sengkang Hockey Stadium

Happening on the morning of this coming Saturday, 15 July at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium, ActiveSG Hockey Academy is the eighth academy/club to be launched under the ActiveSG umbrella since the inception of this inclusive national movement for sport in 2014.

Participants at the launch of the ActiveSG Hockey Academy stand to be taught by our Team Singapore hockey players for free.

This event promises to be fun, with free tryouts and clinics to learn the basics of hockey from our very own Team Singapore national hockey players. It is also catered for people of all skill levels, according to my friend and fellow SportSG ambassador Laura Tan. So if you happen to be available and decide to head down but don’t find it fun enough, you know who to look for to complain! #JustKidding

Also, do keep your eyes peeled for our Hockey 101 series for beginners teaching some of the basic techniques to the sport, the first episode of which on “How to pass and stop a hockey ball”, you can watch right here embedded below. If even Gary Yang can master passing, we are pretty sure almost everyone else can. HAHA.

3. Singapore Football Week 2017

When? Sat, 22 July to Sat, 29 July 2017
Where? Various sites around the island

The inaugural Singapore Football Week will kick off on 22nd July this month. The event is held in conjunction with the International Champions Cup Singapore, where Bayern Munich, Chelsea FC, and Inter Milan will visit Singapore to play a series of pre-season matches against each other. Although it needs to be said here that the two events are not one and the same.

There will be a slew of activities around the island for everyone during Singapore Football Week, in an 8-day island wide celebration of the beautiful game that will also feature the GetActive! Singapore football competitions. More details on all the activities that are available will be shared end of this week after the public announcement has been made.

Geylang International FC captain Isa Halim struts his stuff in our Singapore Football Week commercial.

You will also want to keep a keen eye out on two online contests which myActiveSG Facebook and Sport Singapore Instagram (@sport_singapore) will be running over these next two weeks. Some very attractive prizes stand to be won with experiences that would delight the football lover, both for Singapore Football Week and also the International Champions Cup. Just be sure to hashtag all your football related posts this month with #SGFootballWeek!

4. GetActive! Singapore 2017

When? Sat, 29 July to Tue, 8 August 2017
Where? Various sites around the island

Back for the second year running, GetActive! Singapore is a 12-day long celebration of National Day through sport and being active with your family and friends. Comprising sports festivals island-wide for everyone (including Sentosa), as well as 24 sports competitions (which include six para-sports), this is one mega sporting bash you do not want to miss out on.

Celebration sites will be all around the island during the GetActive! Singapore 2017 period, similar to last year’s edition.

In fact I reckon it will be nigh impossible for you to not come across or bump into something GetActive! Singapore related when you are out and about during this period, unless you stay at home for the entire two weeks. #JustSaying . But please don’t stay at home. We would love to see you and your families and friends out having a good time.

If your Instagram account is set to public, you might also want to use this opportunity to hashtag #GetActiveSG in your posts if they are sport, health and fitness related, and these will be picked up on the social wall of the GetActive! Singapore microsite here.

There are also still opportunities for you to join the event as a volunteer, which you can do so here at this link.

5. Team Singapore @ 29th SEA Games 2017 & 9th ASEAN Para Games, Kuala Lumpur

When? Sat, 19 Aug to Thu, 31 Aug 2017 (SEA Games), Sun, 17 Sep to Sat, 23 Sep (APG)
Where? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Two years on after Singapore hosted the 28th Southeast Asian Games and 8th ASEAN Para Games, we will be making the short trip up to KL for Malaysia’s turn to host the regional showpiece. While it may be a tough ask to expect all of Singapore to travel with us to Kuala Lumpur 2017, you can still follow the action online. Don’t forget to throw your support behind our athletes who will be competing at these events.

Team Singapore netball team in the final against Malaysia at the 2015 SEA Games. Both teams are expected to go head-to-head again this year. Photo: John Yeong

There is an ongoing well-wishing campaign as well as a “1 Minute to KL” memory game contest where our lucky winners stand to win a 2D1N trip to the Games, so you may want to check that out. It would also be awesome if you could post your well wishes on the Team Singapore facebook page for our athletes while at it!

Your support really does make a world of difference for them. Oh, and you may also want to use the #OneTeamSG hashtag in your social posts. (The digital marketer in me speaking :P)

The Singapore flag flies aloft in Naypyitaw, Myanmar at the 2013 SEA Games. Photo: John Yeong

I haven’t been to many major games. This is only my third SEA Games, and second overseas coverage for this event, but much has changed in expectations since 2013 when I travelled to Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Back then I played the less complex role of journalist, photographer, and volunteer caretaker.

Vietnamese fans being interviewed by my team at Bishan Stadium at the 2015 SEA Games held in Singapore. Photo: John Yeong

You can now expect a series of LIVE shows and exclusive interviews with athletes, officials and fans, and prizes to be won over the course of the 18 days when our team is there.

To catch these features daily, simply start following Team Singapore on Facebook and Instagram (links provided), or SG Sports TV Facebook for non Team Singapore ASEAN sports and fan content. More details to come next month.

6. ActiveSG Experience Tour 2017

When? Sat, 19 Aug to Thu, 31 Aug 2017 (SEA Games), Sun, 17 Sep to Sat, 23 Sep (APG)
Where? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you are actually hardcore enough, and following the 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games from the comfort of your own home just doesn’t quite cut it, then you may want to consider signing up for the ActiveSG Experience Tour Kuala Lumpur 2017.

Team Singapore fans cheering for broadcast cameras at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games. Photo: John Yeong

The ActiveSG Experience Tour is an inclusive package that allows you to cheer on our national athletes LIVE at the competition venues in KL at either the 29th SEA Games or 9th ASEAN Para Games, with transport and accomodation also included.

There are also more opportunities for you to join as a volunteer. To sign up or register your interest for the ActiveSG Experience Tour, visit this link here.

The ActiveSG Experience Tour will give you the opportunity to catch sporting action LIVE up close. Photo: John Yeong

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