Held over two consecutive Saturdays on 14 and 21 March at a park near Tampines Sports Hall, the Sports Fest was an event organized by a zone led by Audrey Ng, a Zone Pastor of City Harvest Church.
It saw a turnout of more than a hundred people, with a large portion of the participants being new friends. The objective was to have fun and form teams to compete in a popular games like basketball, street soccer, and captain’s ball. There were also two novelty games, dodge ball and frisbee.
Wesley Chan, 16, a member in the organizing committee said, “I thought having frisbee available as a filler game in between waiting for matches was really cool. It helped me to relax and have fun with my friends.” He went on to explain that for those who are less inclined towards sports like basketball or soccer can try their hand at dodgeball and frisbee, which are considerably less physical and competitive.
Another interesting feature was the mixed-gender Captain’s Ball teams as teams consisted of representative from each gender. Hah Zeng Min, a referee at the event, was impressed that the “girls gave the guys a run for their money” and put up a good fight.
At the end of the day, regardless of whether they won or lost, all the teams enjoyed themselves tremendously and not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the participants, as many were seen smiling as they made their exit.
Chan believes that the day of playing sports together with his friends helped him to bond with them. He applauds the zone for organizing such an event, and hopes similar ones will be organized in the future. “It gave us the opportunity to bring our friends to join us to have fun, bond with our churchmates as well as let people know that we Christians are capable of having fun.” Judging by the show of solidarity in the shared hugs and warm pats on the backs at the end of the event, he must have been right.