It was another interesting weekend [24 Nov] for visitors at the weekly Occupy Beach Street event at George Town.
The crowd thronged the State Sports Council booth and performance area not only to be entertained by sports demonstrations but also for free talks and consultation on sports science topics.
With a strong team of 22 athletes and two coaches, the crowd were treated to a demonstration of skills using bamboo staff in the sport of Silambam.
Many were amazed to see this traditional sport which originated from Tamil Naidu as the athletes and coaches performed the various footworks, spinning techniques and stance with precision and agility.
Following the heart thumping silambam demonstration was a talk on sports nutrition and free body composition test and weight management consultation which proved to be popular with the crowd.
The morning continued with a brief and informative briefing on the sport of fencing including training venue and schedules by the state coach.
Putting words into action, 10 athletes demonstrated various fencing events [epee, sabre and foil] before members of the crowd were given the opportunity to emulate basic fencing techniques.
With the help of two coaches and 15 athletes, the crowd learned about road event and track event in the sport of competitive cycling.
The athletes then demonstrated riding track bicycle and road bicycle on rollers before members of the public were given a chance at riding the bicycles on the rollers which was not a easy feat.
State Sports Council director Frederick Tan said it was an eye opening experience for both the athletes and the public because it combined both technical and scientific aspects of sports.
“At the same time, it helps increase public awareness on rarely seen sports such as silambam and fencing.
“Members of the public also were well informed on the opportunities to pick the sport at recreational or competitive level,” said Tan.
The following weekend [1 Dec] will feature martial art sports such as wushu, taekwondo and muay thai.