The Rio Olympics are here and you can feel the flame right here in Singapore by having a go at these Olympic sports.
Archery may not look like much activity, but it uses a good amount of upper body strength, and trains patience and focus. The Archery Club Singapore will help you begin your journey to becoming Apollo, Hawkeye or Katniss Everdeen with various courses or just a trial session.
Archery Club of Singapore, Punggol South Archery Centre, Junction of Hougang Ave 6/8; 9721 1933; www.archeryclubspore. Mon–Sat by appointment, Sun 9am–12pm. Suitable for ages 7 and up. From $15.
Bring on the beach: BeachVolleyball
A rather young Olympic sport which only made its debut in 1996 Games, volleyball is extremely popular among spectators. Get a ball, buddies and head to a beach with volleyball nets like Tanjong Beach (Sentosa), or join groups like the Singapore Beach Volleyball Resource to enter ad-hoc games with sporty strangers. The rules are simple: two-a-side try to make the ball touch the ground on the opponents’ side to score points.
Splish splash: Diving
If you swim, try out the diving courses with Aerotumblers, where the coach will work with you based on your experience level. Expect to increase your coordination, confidence, strength and flexibility, while learning how to do somersaults, forward dives, backward dives and head-first entries from a variety of heights.
Giddy up: Equestrian
Acquaint yourself with the endearing and enduring equines at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club by joining their beginners’ course. Get fit and fabulous especially around the legs, back, abs and shoulders, and learn the true meaning of Love Your Ride.
Bukit Timah Saddle Club, 51 Fairways Drive; 6466 2264; www.btsc.org.sg. Sat 7am or 9am, Sun 7am or 6pm; other times by appointment. For those aged 7 and up, with a minimum height of 1m and maximum weight of 95kg. $520 for 8 lessons.
En Garde!: Fencing
Fast growing in Singapore, fencing is all about accuracy, nimbleness and grace. Blade Club Fencing is offering basic sessions that will introduce you to the footwork, techniques, tactics and weapons of the sport, complete with sparring. Sign up quick as places are extremely limited.
Blade Club Fencing, 395 Bukit Timah Road; 9822 7311; www.bladeclubfencing.com. 9 August, 10am–2pm; 16 and 23 September, noon–2pm. From $48.
Rough ‘n’ tumble: Gymnastics
Recreational gymnastic classes are suitable for anyone from striplings to seniors with any level of experience (or lack of). A dedicated coach will teach handstands, rolls and jumps with the aid of a trampoline. Extremely popular, make sure to book your place quickly.
Prime Gymnastics Club, 17A Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, #01-190; 6773 2901, 9687 5918; www.primegym.com. For ages 14 and up. From $440 per term.
Get wet and weird: Synchronised Swimming
If you love the water and want the challenge of executing marvellous moves such as somersaults and dolphins in unison with fellow skilled swimmers, give this sport a try. And who better to show you the ropes than previous National Synchronised Swimming Coach, Coach Grace. Call for a trial lesson.
Coach Grace Cui; 97905653;. By appointment only. For females who can swim at least 25 metres continuously and confidently.
Point blank: Trap shooting
Fancy yourself a sharp shooter? Try the Olympic thrill of trap/skeet where you shoot airborne moving targets, in an environmentally and animal-friendly way. At Laserclay, you’ll use authentic albeit de-activated shotguns to fire infrared beams at clay targets launched into the air. Complete with satisfying sound simulation including bangs and breaking clay effects.
Laser Clay, Fort Siloso, Sentosa; 6272 4649; www.laserclay.com.sg. 10am–6pm. $35/person for 30 min, with one free session if you hit 40 out of 45 clay targets.
Work those muscles: Weightlifiting
Join introductory level weightlifting courses with the Singapore Weightlifting Federation, where you will learn how to execute moves like the snatch, or the clean and jerk, and see if you can match up to their member Helena Wong: Singapore’s first female Olympics weightlifting representative.
Not WWE: Wrestling
Olympic wrestling is about tumbling your opponent in various ways rather than roughing him/her up, so don’t confuse this sport with the antics of made-for-TV wrestling. Take up this safe and scintillating sport with the Wrestling Federation of Singapore, which organises classes as well as practice and sparring sessions.
Wrestling Federation of Singapore; 6280 4748; www.singaporewrestling.com. From $60/month.