The Singapore Paintball Series 2011 had promised to be different. Together with 29 participating paintball teams spreading across 4 playing divisions and more than 25 industry sponsors, the newly revamped SPS 2011 was indeed very different.
For the very first time in SPS’s history, the rain made the game very dirty, literally. All players were covered with mud from head to toe as they make the trademark dives into the snake. TILT, as the Official Photographers, had our equipment splashed with mud, not to mention our bodies.
For the very first time, besides braving the barage of paintballs coming at us, we witnessed how mud can come in the same consistency and frequency as the paintball.
For those who are not familiar with paintball, paintballers are not supposed to wipe. When we talk about wiping, we are referring to wiping paint off themselves. What was more interesting is that during the games, not once did we witness a paintballer wiping mud off themselves. With each increasing game, they became increasingly muddy and dirty!
In between games, the paintballers were enjoying themselves to treating each other to additional mud baths by throwing an unlucky paintballer into the puddles of mud, to the tunes of “Happy Birthday”. As we sat there quietly post-processing our photos, we were also watching and smiling at how a sport can bring a whole community together.
This is the power of paintball. This is the power of sports.