Thousands cheer for return of GetActive! Singapore in full physical format!
More than 2,400 Singaporeans in attendance for the launch of GetActive! Singapore 2022 at OCBC Square. Photo Credit : SportSG
GetActive! Singapore (GASG) returned to its full in-person physical format, following the official launch on Saturday 30 July at the OCBC Square (next to Kallang Wave Mall). After the last 2 online virtual editions of GASG in 2020-21, it was extremely exciting to see thousands of Singaporeans, in attendance for the launch event, which also coincided with the annual Olympic Day Walk celebrations.
Mr Edwin Tong (Minister for Culture, Community and Youth) taking wefies with Singaporeans at GASG 2022 Launch at OCBC Square. Photo Credit : Team Nila Content Producer, Ng Chrong Meng
Mr Edwin Tong (Minister for Culture, Community and Youth) exchanging high-fives with Singaporeans at GASG 2022 Launch at OCBC Square. Photo Credit : Team Nila Content Producer, Ng Chrong Meng
Mr Edwin Tong (Minister for Culture, Community & Youth) was the Guest-of-Honour for the GASG Launch. And he had a “Rock Star’s Welcome”, as several enthusiastic Singaporeans were keen to get a selfie, shook his hand or exchanged high-fives, while making his way through a crowd of more than 2,400 in attendance. For many, it was probably their 1st time meeting a Minister in person. From the young at heart to the seniors, Minister Tong’s rousing reception from the public is testament to his initial proclamation that Sport is Back!
As part of the Launch programme, the Republic’s national anthem Majulah Singapura was sung with gusto and passion. Everyone stood together as one voice in unison, singing the anthem and the recital of the national pledge. The crowd in attendance included hundreds of students from various schools, including West Spring Secondary and Cedar Girls’ Secondary. Most of the students came decked in their new red/white coloured Olympic Day Walk T-shirts, to keep in sync with the overall theme of the day.
Minister Tong and other VIPs on stage, for the official start of GASG 2022! Photo Credit : SportSG
L-R (Back row) : Mr Kon Yin Tong (Chairman, SportSG) & Mr Marcus Tan (Group Chief, Sport Development Group at SportSG); (Front Row) TeamSG Sailor Cecilia Low, Mr Edwin Tong (Minister for Culture, Community and Youth), TeamSG Sailor Kimberly Lim, Mr Lim Teck Yin (CEO, SportSG) & Mr Lee Wung Yew (President, Singapore Olympians). Photo Credit : Team Nila Content Producer, Ng Chrong Meng
Before the start of the Olympic Day Walk, it was time for everyone to loosen up their muscles and stretch. And what better way, then to get everyone into the spirit of National Day, by involving the crowd in the GetActive! Workout : Dance of the Nation! (DOTN)
Trainers on stage to lead the crowd in the 2022 GetActive! Workout : Dance of the Nation! Photo Credit : SportSG
Mr Lim Teck Yin - CEO, Sport Singapore (2nd from L) doing the 2022 GetActive! Workout : Dance of the Nation! Photo Credit : SportSG
Minister Tong and SportSG Chairman Mr Kon Yin Tong doing the 2022 GetActive! Workout : Dance of the Nation! Photo Credit : SportSG
Following the energetic 2022 edition of DOTN, it was finally time to embark on the 3km Olympic Day Walk. Minister Tong headed to the starting point. He took a few moments to walk up to the crowd assembled at the start line and snapped a few photos on his mobile phone. The MCCY Minister then proceeded to the podium and waved the large flag, signalling the 1st wave of participants to begin their journey around the Singapore Sports Hub.
Participants getting ready at the start line for the Olympic Day Walk. Photo Credit : SportSG
Minister Tong flagging off the start of the 3km Olympic Day Walk. Photo Credit : SportSG
With the sun shining in its full glory, there were plenty of smiles, laughter, playful banter etc as Singaporeans appeared to be having an enjoyable time. And along the Walk, many stopped to meet Minister Tong, who obliged several requests for photos.
Minister Tong took several photos with the participants during the Olympic Day Walk. Photos Credit : SportSG & Team Nila Content Producer, Ng Chrong Meng
The journey around the Sports Hub took around 30 minutes at a leisurely stroll. And upon their return to the OCBC Square, many chose to take a brief rest before engaging themselves in the various booths and fun activities. Check out the brief highlights video below :)
Highlights of the festivities on GASG 2022 Launch Day. Video Credit : SportSG
The 7th edition of GetActive! Singapore has events for everyone. For more information on any event or to review the line-up of GASG events, please visit go.gov.sg/getactive-singapore
If you would like to volunteer for GetActive! Singapore 2022 and celebrate National Day through sport, check out volunteering opportunities available at our Sports Hub at go.gov.sg/volunteer-gasg2022