Youth sport leaders gather in Singapore to celebrate cultural diversity through sport

127 young athletes are in Singapore to participate in a youth sports leaders camp from 8-16 March

11 Mar 2019

Singapore, 8 March 2019 – In a joint effort by Sport Singapore, Temasek Foundation International and Singapore Olympic Foundation, the inaugural STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp (YSLC) will bring together 127 youths from across the region and beyond to participate in an activity-filled programme that aims to forge stronger bonds and nurture a future generation of leaders through sport.

From 8 to 16 March, YSLC participants will travel to various areas across the island to complete activities ranging from high confidence obstacle elements to dragon boating, which are aimed at instilling values such as discipline, resilience, respect and team spirit.

Highlights of the Camp include a motivational speech by 2004 Olympics table tennis men’s singles champion Mr Ryu Seung-Min, a campfire at the Marina Bay Floating Platform as well as a three-day cycling expedition around Singapore. In addition, participants will get to experience first-hand and learn about the culture and cuisine of Singapore’s four major racial groups during the cultural immersion segment of the programme.

Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sport Singapore, said, “Today’s youth would do well to have a global mindset and be open to cultures and peoples different from ourselves. Networking with international friends allows for broader perspectives and makes us more agile to opportunities both for ourselves and our countries. I hope that our participants will gain meaningful takeaways and a better appreciation of cultural diversity in the region.”

Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation International, said, “Through our STEP series of programmes, Temasek Foundation International hopes to bring together youths in the region to bond and learn from each other. Covering areas such sports and adventure as well as culture and heritage, these programmes help foster mutual appreciation among youths from different communities and cultures in the region. We are delighted to partner SportSG and the Singapore Olympic Foundation in this programme and hope participants can further their aspirations in sports and in the process, develop lasting friendships across borders.”

“We hope the participants will immerse themselves in the programme and develop leadership skills to equip themselves as future leaders in their community. The STEP Southeast Asia Youth Sports Leaders Camp provides an excellent opportunity for young participants to come together to learn and forge new friendships in the spirit of Olympism,” said Mr Chris Chan, Director, Singapore Olympic Foundation.