The fourth edition of the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival (SYOF), held over the weekend of 16 and 17 July 2016, saw 79 eager youths trying out classes other than what they are used to. In fostering the next generation of sailing athletes, the SYOF took a fun and interactive approach to encourage these youths to try sailing in a different class of boat. Among them, sailors from school programs, optimist sailors and existing sailors in youth classes, who are intending to progress or switch classes in the coming years, enthusiastically took the chance to test their skills on the various crafts.
Organized into four groups, the youths rotated between trying out in the Single (Laser Radial), Double Handed (29er), Multihull (Taipans) and Windsurfing (Big Board). Each session lasted approximately four hours, at the end of which, the coaches organized fun races for the youths, to strengthen their skills, character and spirit of sportsmanship. Activities during lunch breaks, further revealed great camaraderie and teamwork – all necessary hallmarks of outstanding athletes. True to the values of the Olympics – Excellence, Friendship and Respect – these young sailors show great promise and potential in continuing the legacy of sailing for the nation.
ABOUT SINGAPORE YOUTH OLYMPIC FESTIVAL
Organized by the Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF), the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival (SYOF) is a legacy of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held in Singapore in 2010, and acts as a platform for youths to showcase their sporting talents.
The SYOF was first started in 2011 to celebrate the first anniversary of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, with the hopes of inspiring more Singaporeans to take up sports, and bring youths together to foster stronger friendship through sports.
Opened to youths aged 18 and below, the SYOF aims to promote Olympic values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect. The second and third edition of the SYOF was held in 2013 and 2014 respectively with a total of six sports each, and held over a week in various competition venues in Singapore.
For more information, please visit www.syof.sg