Issue 147, June 2015
Healthy, sporty fun for all!
​Alumni gather on campus for an enjoyable morning of sports and games at the annual NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta

Close to 240 alumni, graduate students and executive programmes participants, together with their supporters, gathered bright and early on 20 June for the annual NTU Alumni Sports Fiesta organised by the NTU Alumni Affairs Office. Held at NTU’s Sports and Recreation Centre, it is an event sports enthusiasts look forward to eagerly every year as it provides them with an opportunity to participate in friendly sports competitions and at the same time, network with fellow alumni who share similar interests.

Welcoming the participants, Mr Soon Min Yam, Director of Alumni Affairs, NTU, shared that the main objective of the event was to promote healthy lifestyle for all and to encourage alumni to return to campus for some networking over sports.

This year, participants took part in a 4x100m relay run, 3-on-3 basketball, badminton, table tennis and tennis. Team Fast & Furious 2 were the clear winners of the hotly contested relay run as they breezed past the other three teams to emerge champions.

Mr Alex See Hongze (EEE/2008), a member of the winning relay team, shared that the Sports Fiesta gives him the chance to meet his friends whom he stayed together with in the Hall of Residence Six during his student days. He also participated in the basketball competition and his team, ZHPK2, were the winners.

Ms Li Danwei (NBS/2012) participated in the Sports Fiesta for the first time. Teaming up with Ms Chin Su Lin (NBS/2013) for the tennis competition, she shared: "I've been playing tennis for about 5 years now and met Su Lin when we were both playing tennis together at NTU. Currently, we play social tennis regularly with a group of friends. Coincidentally, I'm also in IRAS' tennis team and chanced upon another fellow NBS alumna who took part this year, who is also in her organisation's team! It was a good workout and great event to catch up with friends and fellow alumni."

No strangers to the tennis competition, Dr Yap Kim Yew (Science/1961) and Mr Alex Khoo (Commerce/1980), emerged champions once again for the above 45 years men’s doubles. Dr Yap, 77, ​was in fact the oldest participant in the Sports Fiesta.

The event ended with a prize presentation ceremony and buffet lunch where many alumni participants were seen chatting with each other.

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