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29 November 2017 / by / no comments

The role model

Frankie Ng not only exer­cises reg­u­larly but also encour­ages oth­ers to live an active lifestyle.

BY: Eleanor Yap

[cap­tion id=“attachment_9397” align=“alignleft” width=“450”] Frankie (in front) with his walk­ing group.[/caption]

Stay­ing at home is not in the cards for 71-​year-​old Frankie Ng. He enjoys keep­ing phys­i­cally active as much as pos­si­ble. Sev­eral years ago, he started play­ing old boys’ soc­cer with those in their 50s and 60s. Shared the father of one, “We will gather and play when­ever the field is avail­able. I enjoy play­ing soc­cer as it gives me an oppor­tu­nity to socialise with the other play­ers.” How­ever recently, he has decreased his par­tic­i­pa­tion as he finds it “increas­ingly stren­u­ous” and has taken on walk­ing foot­ball, a vari­ant of asso­ci­a­tion foot­ball, instead.

Walk­ing foot­ball is not the only sport he is involved in, he is also part of a walk­ing group called Walk­ing Kakis which his wife is a coor­di­na­tor of. He has been with the group for two years now and they walk a min­i­mum of three hours every Sun­day. When they first started, they would walk around the neigh­bour­hood but they have since expanded to walk­ing around var­i­ous parts of Sin­ga­pore includ­ing parks and nature reserves. On the other days, Frankie makes it a point to walk by himself.

I wear a step tracker, and my tar­get is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. My aver­age record is about 12,000 steps a day, and my high­est record is 26,000 steps in a sin­gle day. I use this as a per­sonal chal­lenge to myself to be active.” When he has time, he also plays bad­minton and table ten­nis, and is look­ing at doing some swimming.

Explain­ing why he enjoys keep­ing active, Frankie explained: “I have enjoyed sports since my sec­ondary school days, and I have made an effort to remain active through­out the years, even when I was work­ing when I played bad­minton with my col­leagues. Exer­cis­ing has become a part of my life, and I feel uncom­fort­able when I don’t exercise.”

[cap­tion id=“attachment_9398” align=“alignright” width=“517”] Frankie play­ing walk­ing football.[/caption]

Encour­ag­ing others

As a role model for many seniors as well as those younger, Frankie believes in then nudg­ing oth­ers. As vice-​chairman of the Wood­grove Com­mu­nity Sports Club (CSC) com­mit­tee, he assists in coor­di­nat­ing a weekly com­mu­nity pro­gramme called Sport­ing Fri­days. Through this pro­gramme, he and other com­mit­tee mem­bers have gath­ered more than 200 res­i­dents of all ages at Wood­lands sta­dium every Fri­day evening to take part in var­i­ous free sports like Zumba, walk­ing foot­ball and old boys’ foot­ball. The pro­gramme has been so well-​received that it was awarded the Com­mu­nity Engage­ment Award – Com­men­da­tion Award by the People’s Asso­ci­a­tion at the recent Com­mu­nity Sports Night.

He and some mem­bers at the Wood­grove CSC have also started organ­is­ing walk­ing foot­ball at the CSC as they found that there were few soc­cer activ­i­ties for women. He explained that walk­ing foot­ball is less stren­u­ous than reg­u­lar foot­ball and those over 50 espe­cially can eas­ily enjoy the sport and at the same time get some exer­cise. He has even man­aged to influ­ence his wife to take part.

The for­mer estate management/​property offi­cer strongly believes in the ben­e­fits of exer­cise. He shared: “I believe that keep­ing active helps me to be healthy phys­i­cally and men­tally. In addi­tion, I am able to inter­act and bond with peo­ple of var­i­ous ages while keep­ing fit.”

Shar­ing this with his peers, he said – “Enjoy a sport that you are inter­ested in and be open to learn­ing new sports such as walk­ing football.”



Frankie Ng not only exercises regularly but also encourages others to live an active lifestyle.

BY: Eleanor Yap

Frankie (in front) with his walking group.

Staying at home is not in the cards for 71-year-old Frankie Ng. He enjoys keeping physically active as much as possible. Several years ago, he started playing old boys’ soccer with those in their 50s and 60s. Shared the father of one, “We will gather and play whenever the field is available. I enjoy playing soccer as it gives me an opportunity to socialise with the other players.” However recently, he has decreased his participation as he finds it “increasingly strenuous” and has taken on walking football, a variant of association football, instead.

Walking football is not the only sport he is involved in, he is also part of a walking group called Walking Kakis which his wife is a coordinator of. He has been with the group for two years now and they walk a minimum of three hours every Sunday. When they first started, they would walk around the neighbourhood but they have since expanded to walking around various parts of Singapore including parks and nature reserves. On the other days, Frankie makes it a point to walk by himself.

“I wear a step tracker, and my target is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. My average record is about 12,000 steps a day, and my highest record is 26,000 steps in a single day. I use this as a personal challenge to myself to be active.” When he has time, he also plays badminton and table tennis, and is looking at doing some swimming.

Explaining why he enjoys keeping active, Frankie explained: “I have enjoyed sports since my secondary school days, and I have made an effort to remain active throughout the years, even when I was working when I played badminton with my colleagues. Exercising has become a part of my life, and I feel uncomfortable when I don’t exercise.”

 

Frankie playing walking football.

Encouraging others

As a role model for many seniors as well as those younger, Frankie believes in then nudging others. As vice-chairman of the Woodgrove Community Sports Club (CSC) committee, he assists in coordinating a weekly community programme called Sporting Fridays. Through this programme, he and other committee members have gathered more than 200 residents of all ages at Woodlands stadium every Friday evening to take part in various free sports like Zumba, walking football and old boys’ football. The programme has been so well-received that it was awarded the Community Engagement Award – Commendation Award by the People’s Association at the recent Community Sports Night.

He and some members at the Woodgrove CSC have also started organising walking football at the CSC as they found that there were few soccer activities for women. He explained that walking football is less strenuous than regular football and those over 50 especially can easily enjoy the sport and at the same time get some exercise. He has even managed to influence his wife to take part.

The former estate management/property officer strongly believes in the benefits of exercise. He shared: “I believe that keeping active helps me to be healthy physically and mentally. In addition, I am able to interact and bond with people of various ages while keeping fit.”

Sharing this with his peers, he said – “Enjoy a sport that you are interested in and be open to learning new sports such as walking football.”

 


 

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