Alumni return to campus for a morning of friendly sporting fun at the annual NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta
Held for the sixth year running, the NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta saw participants of various ages competing in sports such as the 4 x 100m relay run, 3-on-3 basketball, tennis doubles, badminton doubles, table-tennis doubles, and 5-a-side soccer. This year’s event proved to be just as popular as previous Sports Fiestas, with close to 420 participants and supporters competing in various games.
In his welcome address, Guest-of-honour Professor Er Meng Hwa, NTU’s Vice President for International Affairs, said: “I wish our participants success at today’s games, but may I also point out that, at the end of the day, friendship always comes first before competition.” He highlighted that lifelong friendship is the glue that will bind everyone together, connecting alumni with one another and back to the University.
With the sounding of a gong, Prof Er declared open the NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta and launched the event’s first competition – the 4 x 100m relay run. The race drew loud cheers as runners of eight teams sprinted around the track in their bid to take home the coveted first prize, which went to participants from the National Institute of Education (NIE)’s Masters in Educational Administration programme. Following the relay, participants headed off to take part in the other games at the different sports stations within NTU’s Sports and Recreation Centre.
A number of regular alumni participants attended this year’s Sports Fiesta. Amongst them was Dr Yap Kim Yew (Science/1961), the day’s most senior participant. Dr Yap had returned once again to play tennis with his team mate, Mr Alex Khoo (Commerce/1980). The pair emerged second prize winners in the tennis doubles game for men above 45 years of age. The first prize was won by Mr Chua Kang Cheh (Science/1977) and Mr Tan Chian Huat (Commerce/1980), another pair of regulars.
“I have participated in the tennis competition since the first NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta. We have only managed a second placing twice, in previous years. This year, we managed to win first prize and to defeat the previous winners. It was a great feeling, finally becoming champions!” enthused Mr Chua.
The NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta held on 25 August concluded with a prize presentation ceremony and buffet lunch.© Alumni Affairs Office