Singapore International Water Festival entertains and educates

26 – 27 Jun 2010              

Co-organised by Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and PUB, the national water agency, in conjunction with the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), the festival kicked off bright and early at the Marina Barrage on Sunday.The festival was organised with the purpose of increasing youth awareness of water usage and conservation activities in Singapore. “During the festival, everyone has the chance to learn more about Singapore’s efforts in water management while enjoying themselves”, said SP’s Principal Mr Tan Hang Cheong.There was something for everyone. In lieu of Family Day, Radio 100.3FM organised kite making workshops at the gallery suite. Hosted by DJ Li Mei, participating families were given a short lesson, after which they headed up to test out their creations. Within the hour, the sky was dotted with colourful kites. The Marina Reservoir was filled with life as exciting races happened consecutively. The audiences found themselves hard-pressed to keep up with the dragon boat, canoe and raft races.
The Gaelic Dragons and the Okinawan DB Team after the first round of races

The Gaelic Dragons and the Okinawan DB Team after the first round of races

From left: Mr Roland Tan, Mr Tan Hang Cheong, Mr Teo Ser Luck,  Mr Edward Quah

From left: Mr Roland Tan, Mr Tan Hang Cheong, Mr Teo Ser Luck, Mr Edward Quah

Among the plethora of activities was the first ever “walk on water” racewhich involved secondary school students gliding on the water’s surface in colourful buoyed sandals.

Guest-of-honour Mr Teo Ser Luck, Mayor, North East District and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Transport did the honours of sending the participants on their watery way.

The Japanese raft team won 2nd place despite sinking in the second round of races

The Japanese raft team won 2nd place despite sinking in the second round of races

The Silver Mithril team paddling their way to the finish line

The Silver Mithril team paddling their way to the finish line

Also on display were rafts of all shapes and sizes built by students from various schools that were put to the test in the water on Sunday.

Eventually, the team ABE Die Hards of SP’s School of Architecture & the Built Environment came out top in the finals with a time of 1 min 23.36 secs, while The Silver Mithril of SP’s School of Maritime Academy took the most innovative raft prize.

“We had a lot of fun,” said Evelyn Caratao, a member of the Filipino dragon boat team that won 2nd and 3rd place in the International Business Community race, “We’re definitely coming back next year.”

By Andrianna Garcia & Joshua Tan

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