28th November 2013 marked the third annual sports carnival to be held by Temasek Polytechnic. With a sports bazaar, robust Zumba session and various performances ranging from Wushu to singing, it was a fun day albeit a sweaty one! Another initiative aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle for staff and students, I certainly got the hint that I needed to become more active! Despite the gloomy weather conditions, the turnout was encouraging and the event an overall success. Kudos to the SAA team for making this possible.
Starting at 11 am at the horseshoe plaza, the venue was soon filled with students and staff. As I made my way around through the crowd, I was drawn to something green and shiny. The crowd was buzzing and as I walked closer, my jaw dropped wide open. It was the MILO VAN!!!! Memories of gulping down cups of chilled milo at primary and secondary school sports days immediately came flooding back. Emblazoned with a healthier choice logo across its side, I could not resist sticking my hand out for a cupful of memories(Okay I admit, I had four cups in total). Fully nourished and refreshed, I browsed through the various stalls that had been set up.
The variety for shoppers was amazing! From comics to sports apparel and water bottles, there were stalls as far as the eye could see. And yes you heard that right; there were comics on sale too! To make things better, they were all heavily discounted for the students and staff. Being the greedy individual that I am, I decided to splurge on food. And boy was it worth it! The food for sale was both nutritious and delicious. Some of the highlights included the wholemeal walnut bread, wholemeal banana cake and dried fruits. Okay I know some of you are thinking “how good can it taste with wholemeal in it?” Well the answer is, delicious! Plus it’s good for you too! My mum would be proud of me!
Okay before I distract you with my food obsessed thoughts, let me talk a little bit more about the products that were up for sale. Never had I seen so many muscle rubs and plasters before! There were also rubs which were dedicated for specific parts of the body. There goes my belief that “one cream heals all”. There was also a rather interesting stall with a wide array of coloured tapes on display. Curious as to why there were so many types of fancy tape on sale I moved over for a closer look. I could not help but feel silly after I realised they were actually reels of sports tape designed to support your joints and muscles whilst you exercise and not just reels of “fancy” coloured tap that a certain Cristiano Ronaldo uses.
There were also running shoes which were so light that you could lift them with your pinky. Other items included running gear and various types of sports apparel. Shopping aside, the carnival also threw up some wonderfully entertaining performances. Up first were our very own dancers from TP’s dance ensemble. Their high octane performance saw them rock the stage with incredible dance moves that would have done Wade Robson proud. Two more of our students were up next and they did not disappoint with great vocals for covers such as “Royals” by Lorde. The best was however saved for the last as an external Wushu troupe took to the stage. They dazzled the crowd with their skill and poise as they executed seemingly impossible kicks and sword thrusts. The crowd was completely blown away as numerous people gathered around the stage to take photos of the scintillating performers.
Other highlights from the performances also included a segment where members of the audience were invited on stage to test their football skills by juggling a football. Contestants able to juggle the ball four times or more were given Yami Yoghurt vouchers. And we must admit there were some talented individuals out there who managed to juggle the ball four or more times. Whilst on the topic of football, we must mention that representatives from the S-League and Tampines Rovers visited us for the sports carnival. They were looking to drum up support for both the club and the league and we must say we were impressed by the amicable duo. To top things off, our very own student and Tampines Rovers player, Firdaus Kasman, dropped by to say hi and even posed for a picture! So come on peeps let’s get out there and give our support to our very own soccer league!
Culminating the entire event was a live Zumba session at the horseshoe plaza. Undeterred by the heavy downpour, our students took part in an intense calorie burning dance-aerobic session. The moves were slick and exciting and we readily joined in, albeit a little out of sync from the rest. I guess our age and lack of physical activity showed! All maxed out from eating, shopping and dancing we retired for the day.
It was my first sports carnival experience and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it!! An opportunity to partake in shopping and eating whilst on campus proved hard to resist and I am looking forward to next year’s instalment. Judging by the fun from this year, next year definitely looks promising. So there we go guys another fun filled event for the TP family scrapbook. There definitely are no excuses for not exercising considering the number of events TP has organised to promote a healthy lifestyle. Now you are going to have to excuse me as I continue to chow down my walnut bread before heading out for a jog. Did I just say jog? ……..