In the role of F1 in Schools Singapore ambassador this year, I have the valuable opportunity of attending their related events as a VIP and interacting with youths. One of my goals is to promote motorsports to youths the right way, to introduce them to the world of motorsports and its benefits.. and I am really thankful to be given this platform.
On Wednesday (23 May), there was an F1 in Schools event for participating schools of the North cluster – F1 Race @N7 – and I spent an afternoon with students from 13 schools. The 7 primary schools and 6 secondary schools are:
Si Ling Primary
Si Ling Secondary
First, I gave a talk on motorsports, in particular the motorsports scene in Singapore and motorsports is more than just being a driver.
I also played a game with them – the same game I played at the last motorsports talk I gave for youths – about imitating a racing car sound! Some of them were really good…
After the talk, the F1 in Schools race commenced in the hall and I headed down to the school car park where a temporary karting route was set up for me to take them karting!
Courtesy of Kartright Speedway (the only place you can go kart in Singapore), I drove non-stop for over 2 hours in the 2-seater kart, taking one student after another. The pedals are controlled by me, but they are able to steer so after driving them a few rounds, I let them give it a go.
Some of the students enjoyed it so much that they queued again just so they can get another go!
There was a short Q+A session for me with the students after we wrapped up the karting activity, while the organisers were getting ready for the prize giving ceremony. The purpose of the session was to have them ask me questions about motorsports or my work, but they couldn’t help being (adorably) cheeky and asking me questions like – “Is Cheryl Tay famous?”, “How old are you?”, “Do you have a boyfriend?”, “Why do you like pink?”, “Why do you wear watches?” Then they tried to trick me into revealing my age by asking me how old I started karting and how many years I’ve been karting for! Smart!
They did ask me serious questions after that, like why I chose to be a journalist and why this field… and we had a pretty good discussion about motorsports and its prospects. Time was limited and I wish I could take the discussion further, but I hope I at least got some insights to them.
I really enjoyed myself and I am grateful to F1 in Schools Singapore for giving me the platform to educate youths – can’t wait for the next event!
For more photos, view here.