In the spirit of giving back to the community, the Singapore Sailing Team partnered other Team Singapore athletes and SportCares to provide youths at risk with a sailing experience unlike any other at the 2016 Athletes Give Back – Sailing by the Bay on 10 September 2016 at Marina Bay.
Organised by sailors Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low, 23 national sailors including 2016 Olympians Elizabeth Yin, Sara Tan and Amanda Ng, together with 18 national athletes from various National Sports Associations (NSA) such as bowling, fencing, shooting, wrestling, water polo, swimming, golf and gymnastics hosted about 50 youths from beneficiaries such as Saturday Night Lights by SportCares, Boy’s Town and Youth Guidance Outreach Services (YGOS).
Household names in the sporting fraternity were onsite to lend their support to beneficiaries with bowler Shayna Ng, swimmer Amanda Lim and fencer Lim Wei Wen, all game-changers and championship winners in their respective sports, doing their part for these under-privileged young people.
The beneficiaries got treated to a unique experience of touring the waters of Marina Bay onboard SB20s and SM40s, keelboats that are based at the Marina Bay next to Customs House. They were treated to a view of the iconic Singapore skyline at angles not often seen. All these were done while working all hands on deck together with the men and women who donned the flag of Singapore at international competitions.
During the one-hour sail around the bay, not only did our sailors teach the basic skills of sailing, but Team Singapore athletes also shared with the youths the much-needed character traits that are needed to succeed in their sport as well as in life. Inspiring these individuals to believe in their dreams and focus on their goals in life was one of the key takeaways for them. Follow their dreams and they may be wearing Singapore’s colours one day as well.
An afternoon on the bay also taught them that challenges may be faced in life and disappointment may be aplenty in sport, but a fighter always gets back up to take them on.
“I have enjoyed myself today!” said Michael (not his real name), a participant of the SportCares’ Saturday Night Light programme. “It was great to meet these Team Singapore athletes who have inspired so many people in Singapore and I am so lucky to have met them. They talked to me about how to respond to disappointment and to always get back up when life brings you down.”
Initiated by Singapore Sailing, Asian Game sailors Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low led the 2016 Athletes Give Back – Sailing by the Bay, by contacting their fellow Team Singapore athletes as well as seeking permission from the respective NSA for this philanthropic event.
Said Kimberly, “From the organizing to the event proper, the 2016 Athletes Give Back – Sailing by the Bay has been truly memorable. Despite our hectic schedule, Team Singapore athletes from various sports all gathered for one purpose – to give back to our community.”
“It was amazing to share the experience of sailing, a sport I love, with other athletes and especially youth from less privileged backgrounds. I hope that they got inspired by all the stories shared and will strive towards excellence in whatever they set their sights on!”
SingaporeSailing is glad to have hosted the 2016 Athletes Give Back – Sailing by the Bay. We would like to thank SportCares for coordinating the beneficiaries and the Team Singapore athletes for taking the time to spend the afternoon going sailing, and being generous with their advice to the youth community.