Singapore, 9 September 2012 - After nine days of excitement filled Game days, the first-ever national multi-sport event, Singapore National Games (SNG), closed to an exuberant crowd comprising community athletes, volunteers, game officials, participants and members of the public at a Closing Ceremony held this evening at Bishan Stadium. The event, officiated by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, highlighted the friendships that were built between athletes and communities during the inaugural SNG.
2. Held from 1 to 9 September 2012, the inaugural SNG brought together more than 5,000 community athletes, officials and volunteers who played an integral role in making the Games a success. Singapore residents also turned out and cheered on their family members, friends and neighbours as spectators and cheerleaders at venues across the island.
3. "We would like to thank all the community athletes, supporters, participants, volunteers and sponsors for their help in making the first-ever SNG such a roaring success. We encourage more people to step out and be part of our next SNG and we look forward to welcoming you all in 2014," said Minister Lim Swee Say, Deputy Chairman of People's Association (PA).
4. The high-spirited crowd at Bishan Stadium was treated to a video montage of the Games' highlights over the last nine days. President Tony Tan, who was officiating the event, also presented the Sports Challenge Shield to the top three clusters, which recognised the top three clusters for their sports performance and their community athletes' exemplary participation in the Games. First place winner, Chua Chu Kang, also walked away with the Sports Challenge Trophy.
5. In addition, the Community Challenge Shield was also announced and presented at the Closing Ceremony to the top three clusters for their exemplary engagement efforts to bond residents in the Community Games and the SNG. Clusters were judged for how well they decorated their competition venues, excellence in cheerleading groups to enliven the Games and how well they had reached out to involve their residents as supporters for their clusters' teams during the Games, as well as their volunteers' active involvement to contribute to making the Games a success.
6. Commenting on the Games, Mr Lim Teck Yin, Co-Chairman of the SNG Organising Committee and Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Sports Council (SSC) remarked: "We are really delighted by the community's participation in the SNG. People from different walks of life came out as athletes, officials and volunteers to make this a truly memorable experience for all involved. With the experience of this inaugural Games, we hope to make the 2014 edition even better and look forward to seeing all our participants again and new ones too."
7. Mr Yam Ah Mee, Co-Chairman of the SNG Organising Committee and Chief Executive Director of PA, agreed: "We are very heartened to see the community coming together to support their athletes at all the venues for the 10 participating sports. Their enthusiasm and passion cheering on the community athletes, and the camaraderie among the athletes that we had witnessed during the Games, show that the SNG is a perfect platform to forge the bond within the community."
8. Over the nine Game days, a total of 212 gold medals were presented, with Ang Mo Kio leading the medal tally with 34 gold, 16 silver and 16 bronze medals. Following closely behind is Chua Chu Kang with a total number of 68 medals (30 gold, 22 silver and 16 bronze) and Bishan-Toa Payoh with a total number of 45 medals (19 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze).
9. Expressing his delight of being part of the inaugural SNG, Mr Hong Wei Jian, Captain of Jurong Green, Basketball team from Jurong Cluster and former Singapore Slingers, commented: "The standard for SNG was quite high, thus I feel that it allowed everyone, not just national athletes, to have a feel of a spirited competition. Also, I feel that the organisers had done a really good job. The set-up and logistics were great. They even sent me a reminder SMS to come for the game; I was really impressed. I believe SNG will continue to grow and I look forward to participating in future Games."
10. Mr Poon Choong Meng, Badminton player for Toa Payoh East CSC, Bishan - Toa Payoh Cluster agreed: "Our members have been playing together for years and jumped at the opportunity to participate together as a team for the SNG. It has since become a community gathering for us and we have become great friends."
11. The SNG is jointly organised by the SSC, the PA and its grassroots organisations, the community sports clubs, as well as the National Sports Associations of the 10 participating sports, namely Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Dragon Boat, Football, Netball, Sepak Takraw, Swimming and Table Tennis. The SNG aims to bridge communities in Singapore, where people of all ages, races and estates can participate and bond through competitive sports.
12. For more information, please visit www.singaporenationalgames.sg.