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Young athletes drum up YOG spirit in Orchard Road

Young athletes drum up YOG spirit in Orchard Road



Open-top Hippo bus filled with cheering and whistling teenagers catches the attention of many

By Rachel Chan
Wed, Aug 04, 2010
my paper


IT WAS a sight that would have given passers-by in Orchard Road a reason to pause yesterday afternoon: An open-top Hippo bus, whose upper deck was filled with cheering and whistling teenagers.

The young people were 26 athletes from the men's handball and the girls' volleyball teams, who will represent Singapore at the upcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Joined by FairPrice chief executive Seah Kian Peng, a few minders and some members of the press, they hoorayed and waved to construction workers, tourists and shoppers who the bus passed by on its loop route from Orchard Boulevard to Bras Basah.

Many waved back, and some even danced a little. Everyone on the bus seemed to have had a good time, and when the journey ended at *Scape Youth Park, Mr Seah was the first to lead a waiting crowd of 200 volunteers in a mass dance to the tune of the YOG cheer, You Are The One, Singapore.

The crowd comprised around 150 FairPrice and Cheers staff, over 50 students from Nanyang Polytechnic and three students from Nanyang Junior College.

Clad in yellow T-shirts emblazoned with "I support Singapore's youth athletes!", the majority of the crowd blew whistles that they were given, while athletes onstage joined in dancing to the cheer.

The event, organised by Cheers - a convenience-store chain under Fair- Price - aimed to inspire Singaporeans to show their support for the YOG, said Mr Seah.

The games will be hosted in Singapore from Aug 14 to Aug 26.

Girls' volleyball team member Tan Yiting, 18 - though aware of the flak that You Are The One, Singapore has elicited - thinks the ditty has enjoyed great popularity and is at least "easy to remember".

And the 14 members of the men's handball team have coined a cheer of their own, which they came up with when they were in Taiwan for a competition last December.

"We noticed that other teams had their own cheer, so we came up with one, too. And because we were in Taiwan, it's in Mandarin.

"We use the cheer during training sessions to show support for our teammates," said handball team member Muhammad Zahim, 17, a Singapore Polytechnic student.

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