Issue 100, July 2011
Athletic Play at NTU
In the name of sports and friendship, alumni pit their sporting flair against one another.

NTU alumni received a healthy dose of competitive but friendly sporting spirit when they returned home to Yunnan Campus for the much-loved NTU Sports Fiesta on 9 July this year. Into its 5th year running, the fiesta’s popularity is a testimony to our alumni’s willingness to keep connected to their alma mater and peers through sports and networking, even after graduation. Age plays no factor here, with our most senior participant 72-year-old Mr Yap Kim Yew from the Class of 1962, to alumni who graduated early this year, making their appearance that day.

Nearly 250 participants turned up at the NTU Sports and Recreation Centre, for a line-up of games including badminton doubles, table-tennis doubles, tennis, 3-on-3 basketball, 5-a-side soccer and 4 x 100 metres relay run. Mr Soon Min Yam, guest-of-honour and Director of Alumni Affairs, welcomed participants in his opening speech, explaining the purpose of the fiesta and encouraging alumni to further involve themselves in the various activities the Alumni Affairs Office (AAO) has in store for them. The fiesta kicked off with the 4 x 100 metres relay, followed by multiple games being played simultaneously, indoors and outdoors.

Alumni participants relished the chance to meet up each year over the event. Winner of tennis men’s doubles, Mr Desmond Tan Meng Fong (NIE, Class of 1995) shared: “It’s a good thing that the Sports Fiesta is organised annually. It doesn’t matter if we win or lose. At the end of the day, we all had a good time catching up with fellow alumni. Friendship is the true winner!” 

For his teammate, Mr Eugene Francesco Lee (NIE, Class of 2011), the yearly homecoming brings back “memories of tennis training days and tournaments and the familiar rush of adrenaline”. Ms Malika Devi Dhurairaj (EEE, Class of 2010), who won the badminton women’s doubles, felt “wonderful being in campus again, playing together with the NTU alumni family” and, together with teammate Ms Swathi Jayaraman (EEE/2011), will “remember their win with fond memories”. 

After the games and prize giving ceremony, participants were given more opportunities to catch up with old classmates and make new friends, over a generous spread of buffet lunch.

© Alumni Affairs Office