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Over 160 primary school students from 19 YMCA Student Care Centres (SCC) pit their stacking skills at the Y Sport Stacking Competition 2018 on Tuesday 19 June at YMCA of Singapore. Organised by YMCA of Singapore, the competition aims to build self-esteem and confidence in children, enhance team building and social skills with their peers and foster bonding with family members.

The students were taught the rules and specifics of the game and they practiced every week at the Centres as part of the enrichment programme.

At the event, the participants started with a warm up before moving into the competition area where they competed in a variety of individual timed events and relay matches.

Khoe Mendel Christensen, 8, a Primary 2 pupil from De La Salle School, was one of the participants at the event. “I picked up sport stacking this year and it is very fun. We get to learn how to stack the cups and it makes us happy,” said Khoe.

YMCA SCC @ Canberra students Keira Lim Kelsi and Joshua Tan were exposed to the sport a few years ago. Earlier in April, they represented Singapore and competed at the World Sport Stacking Championships held in Orlando, Florida. When asked why she enjoys the sport so much, Kelsi said, “In Singapore, the weather is very hot. Sport stacking allows me to have fun indoors. All you need is your hand and eye concentration.”

Some parents not only support their children in their pursuit of the sport, but also join them as a way to bond with them. A total of 18 pairs of parent-child took part in Y Sport Stacking Competition 2018, with Keira Lim Kelsi and her dad Avis Lim Tian Chai bagging the champion title. “When we were competing in Orlando, Coach Alan kept encouraging my dad to learn sport stacking and join other parents who stack. After the trip, he asked me to teach him and that’s when he started playing the sport,” added Kelsi.

Ms Lydia Chua, Assistant Director, Health Food & Dining, Obesity Prevention Management Division, Health Promotion Board (HPB) graced the event as Guest of Honour and presented prizes to the winners.

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