On 12 September 2009, a crowd of 130 children gathered together to catch SuperYoyo masters perform more than 30 yoyo tricks. This community outreach event is a result of a partnership between toy distributor, Megcorp, and City Harvest Community Services Association (CHCSA). The crowd comprised of CHCSA clients, as well as children from Sunbeam Children’s Home and Eager Beaver Student Care.
Right from the start of the show, all the children had their eyes glued to the stage. Many stood on their chairs for a better view of what was going on onstage. Occasionally, the children would turn to one another and engage in a discussion on how the tricks were being performed. The younger children were jumping up and down with excitement at the yoyo stunts. The older children who brought along their own yoyos tried to imitate what the yoyo masters were doing.
The performance ended on a high note with a remix of 30 tricks performed at a go by the masters. The children who were seated at the back ran closer towards the stage for a clearer view.
At the end of the performance, a free yoyo was given to every child and they were taught a few simple tricks by the Yoyo Masters. Long after the event ended, children were still crowding around the masters, wanting to see and learn more tricks. Eugene Ling, 10, commented on how happy he was to have a new yoyo and how he enjoyed learning the tricks that were taught.
|PHOTOS: Lam Huiching|
The SuperYoyo masters were all birthed from the very first yoyo craze that hit Singapore years back. Super Yoyo Master Kleaven, 19, a Nanyang Polytechnic Engineering student, started playing with yoyos at the age of 12. Even thought the craze died down for a while, his interest in yoyos kept him practicing and perfecting his skills, resulting in him being a SuperYoyo Master today. The other two SuperYoyo Masters, Cheng and Jun Jie, also first encountered yoyos during the yoyo craze and continued practicing the art.
“It goes to show that when you put persistence and diligence to something you are passionate about, you can become a ‘master’ of that passion some day,” determined Kleaven.