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Swimmers of All Abilities Took Part in Haw Par National Youth Para Swimming Championship for the First Time

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  • First time that non-competitive events are introduced at the championship to promote swimming as a lifestyle
  • More youths with various disabilities taking part (82 in 2017 to 87 in 2018)
  • The only national swimming championship that caters to youth across different impairments – intellectually impaired, deaf and hard-of-hearing, physically impaired, visually impaired, autism and down syndrome
  • Parents took the reins as volunteers at the championship 

For the first time, the youth swimming competition organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) introduced non-competitive events. As part of SDSC’s efforts to build a supportive and inclusive sporting eco-system, the Haw Par National Youth Para Swimming Championship is the only national swimming championship that caters to youths across different impairments – intellectually impaired, deaf and hard-of-hearing, physically impaired, visually impaired, autism and down syndrome. The championship received saw 87 participants from ages 7 to 18-years-old competing in the events. A total of 17 schools and organisations took part in this year’s competition.

This is the second year that Haw Par Corporation Limited is adopting the event as title sponsor.

In a bid to promote a healthy lifestyle and overall well-being, 23 participants took part in the newly introduced non-competitive events – ‘25m Finisher’ and ‘50m Finisher’. The new events underscore SDSC’s commitment to promote inclusion and create more sporting opportunities for all.

One such participant is Colin Soon who, who at a tender age of 13 is making waves at the annual meet by sweeping up seven gold medals in the 50m Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke S13 events. Projecting positivity, Colin Soon who has visual impairment shares his aspirations on swimming: “I push myself to achieve my best. No matter what, I will always keep trying.”

In an effort to strengthen the disability sports community here, SDSC embraced the idea of having parents of the participants voluntarily fulfill roles in the running of the events. KC Wong, father of Wong Zhi Wei said: “It’s great to see more parents involved in their child’s sporting interest. Taking time off of work to show support is important and creates an unspoken bond between child and parent. I hope to see more parents come forward and lend a hand at such sporting events.”

Another familiar face was Han Liang Chou, a current national swimmer who took time off to lend a hand at the meet. “I’m glad to be back at the pool, this time wearing a different hat. It gives me a chance to get a better understanding of the planning and effort that goes into running competitions like these.”

“It is heartwarming to see SDSC and the teachers and parents coming together to provide this opportunity for the children and youth to experience sports and build camaraderie. Haw Par is pleased to be able to support their effort as a sponsor of the National Youth Para Championships,” Mr Wee Ee Lim, CEO of Haw Par Corporation Limited commented.


About Haw Par

Haw Par Corporation Limited, a Singapore-grown multinational Group, is listed on the Singapore Exchange since 1969. The Group is an enterprise with a strong consumer healthcare business that promotes healthy lifestyles through its healthcare products. The largest contributor to the healthcare business comes from a brand that it owns — Tiger Balm, one of the world’s leading and most versatile topical analgesic brands. Besides the consumer healthcare business, the Group also engages in the leisure business and holds significant investments in securities and properties.

www.hawpar.com

 

Breakdown of participating schools/organisations

Singapore Sports School Para Games Ups Competitive Landscape for Disability Sports Sector

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  • Singapore Sports School Para Games to create new sporting opportunities for persons with disability
  • Over $70,000 raised by Singapore Sports School’s student-athletes for disability sports
  • About 300 participants to take part in 6 disability sports

Three years of partnership with “Singapore Sports School” has positively impacted the disability sports sector locally. The school is organising the ‘Singapore Sports School Para Games’ on 30 June 2018 which will enable persons with disabilities to be more competitive in their athletic journey. Over 300 participants are expected to take part in six sports, namely: athletics, badminton, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, and tenpin bowling. Guest-of-honour Mr. Kon Yin Tong, Deputy Chairman of Sport Singapore, will be present to welcome all participants at the Opening Ceremony.

Mr. Kevin Wong, President of Singapore Disability Sports Council, shares, “We hope that this event will generate a buzz among our young athletes, inspiring them to take up a sport competitively and know that quality competitive exposure is available in the local arena.”

In a bid to build an inclusive sport eco-system in the local arena, over 100 Year Two and Three Sports School student-athletes will be involved in facilitating the event as competition officials and in other supporting roles.

To build camaraderie amongst all sportsmen, Sports School’s school-wide Values in Action initiative ‘Project Champions Way’ brings student-athletes and staff together to raise funds for two beneficiaries, SDSC and Special Olympics (SO). A total of $70,000 was raised over six months in 2018 – a tremendous feat by Sports School.

“Singapore Sports School has been privileged to partner Singapore Disability Council and Special Olympics Singapore through Project Champions Way since 2016. Project Champions Way is a school-wide Values in Action initiative for our student-athletes to give back to the sport community. The Project raises our student-athletes’ awareness to the needs of athletes with disabilities,” said Mr. Tan Teck Hock, Principal of Singapore Sports School.

 

Details of Singapore Sports School Para Games

Date: 30 June 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 8.30am – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Sports School, 1 Champion Way Singapore 737913
Guest-of-Honour: Mr. Kon Yin Tong, Deputy Chairman of Sport Singapore


About Singapore Disability Sports Council

Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the national body championing and providing access to sports for persons with disability in Singapore. It aims to help persons with disability live better, by engaging in sports as a form of rehabilitative therapy, or as a means to realise their potential. Besides providing platforms for the learning of sports, SDSC trains talents to represent Singapore at regional and international competitions. Find out more at www.sdsc.org.sg.

 

About Singapore Sports School

Singapore Sports School is the premier sports school with an international reputation for excellence in student-athlete development. We are established as a Specialised Independent School, offering academic and focused sports training to aspiring and talented student-athletes who aim to be Singapore’s sports champions. We nurture Learned Champions With Character through world-class youth sports development, academic rigour, character excellence and organisational excellence. We encourage the values of respect, integrity, responsibility, excellence and resilience.

Strong finish for Team Singapore Boccia athletes on final day of competition

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Team Singapore came agonizingly close to a gold medal on the final day of competition at the Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018. spexScholar Toh Sze Ning and Aloysius Gan narrowly missed out on the top prize in the BC3 pairs category. Having already secured 2 wins yesterday, the duo played their final match today against Koreans Woo Jeongmin and Kim Deubora. Initially down by a score of 0-2, Toh and Gan clawed their way back to seize a 3-2 advantage but eventually lost 3-4.

The defeat enabled Woo and Kim to clinch gold for Korea, while Toh and Gan won silver. Bronze went to another pair of Team Singapore athletes, Gareth Ho and Desmond Lam, who performed well even though this is the first time that they are playing in a regional event.

Despite losing to the Koreans, Toh, who was the captain, was heartened by the day’s proceedings. “This is the first time we played together. We played well together.”

In the other categories, regional boccia powerhouse Thailand muscled their way to the gold medals.

 

Results:

Medal List for Pair BC3

Gold: Woo Jeongmin & Kim Deubora (KOR) Silver: Toh Sze Ning & Aloysius Gan (SGP) Bronze: Gareth Ho & Desmond Lam (SGP)

 

Medal List for Pair BC4

Gold: Larpyen Pornchok & Suksrithong Paweena (THA) Silver: Chan Siew Gek & Aaryll Ryan Das (SGP)

 

Medal List for Team BC1/2

Gold: Huadpradit Witsanu, Deemak Natthawut & Saengampa Worawut (THA) Silver: Honseng Will Yien Cliff, Teri Dale Adelric & Mustafa Mohd Shahrul Rafiq Maula (MAS)
Bronze: Kim Dohyun, Lee Jaewon & Shin Wooseob (KOR)

 

 

Held at Heartbeat@Bedok, the 4-day event organized by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) was sponsored by Tiger Balm. A victory ceremony was held at Kallang Wave Mall to celebrate the athletes’ achievements. “Kallang Wave Mall at the Singapore Sports Hub is a strong supporter of all sporting events to help foster an all-inclusive and caring community. We are proud to be the official mall partner for the Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia 2018 Award Ceremony,” said Judy Wee, general manager of Kallang Wave Mall.

 

 

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

Stefanie Pitchian
Corporate Communications Executive M: 81574165
Email: stefanie.pitchian@sdsc.org.sg

 

Photos can be found at https://bit.ly/2J1w2a7
Daily results will also be regularly updated on SDSC’s website


About Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the only organisation in Singapore that caters to sports for persons across all kinds of disabilities, over 20 sports. It aims to help persons with disability lead full and independent lives through sports. Besides providing sporting opportunities for them to realise their potential, SDSC trains talents to represent Singapore and pursue excellence at regional and international competitions.

More information at www.sdsc.org.sg

 

About Tiger Balm

Tiger Balm is committed to delivering health and wellbeing through proven oriental wisdom. We believe no one should let aches and discomforts get in the way of leading a full and active lifestyle. With a unique herbal formulation that has over 100 years of proven success in 100 countries, Tiger Balm’s world renowned ointment is one of the world’s leading and most versatile topical analgesic brand. Combining age-old tradition with modern innovations, Tiger Balm continues to create dedicated solutions for specific symptoms to add on to its range of formats and formulations.

Haw Par Corporation is the owner of the iconic Tiger Balm Brand. More information at www.hawpar.com and www.tigerbalm.com

0.53s difference to silver: TeamSG finishes the Singapore International Para Cycling Cup with 1 Gold and 2 Bronzes

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Following last year’s inaugural success, Singapore International Para Cycling Cup (SIPC) boasted a turnout of 42 cyclists from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Romania and India. This year saw a significant growth from two countries – Singapore and Malaysia – previously. The SPIC 2018 was the first local cycling race to be sanctioned as C1 by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the International Federation for the sport of cycling and it also marked the first time that Trikes – a type of bicycle for persons with lower body immobility – was raced locally. Athletes vied to clock best timings and acquire points to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

 

The athletes had to navigate the 1.7km circuit along Cecil Street and Robinson Road, completing a total 10.2km to 20.4km according to their race category. An adrenaline-filled race, the Women’s Tandem saw a close fight for placing. With a 53 milliseconds difference between the second and third placing for the category, Singaporeans Emily Lee and Sarah Tan came in third with a time of 33:55.78.

 

Not deterred by the time difference, Emily Lee shares. “We are happy with our results. Despite the rain, we did well. The competition today casts an important spotlight on para cycling and I hope that more people will come out and support the team as we train towards the Asian Para Games 2018”.

 

 

Photos can be found at https://bit.ly/2ITMeKF

Official results can be found here, dated 27 May 2018.

 

 

Contact

Stefanie Pitchian

Corporate Communications Executive

M: 81574165

Email: stefanie.pitchian@sdsc.org.sg


About Para Cycling Federation of Singapore

Para Cycling Federation Singapore (PCFS) formerly known Handcycling Association of Singapore is a non-profit national disability sports association. PCFS is dedicated to the development of athletes with disabilities to take up cycling as a form of rehabilitation and leisure. PCFS has taken up an active leadership role, fostering and preparing teams to participate in local and international competitions.

 

 

About Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the only organisation in Singapore that caters to sports for persons across all kinds of disabilities, over 20 sports. It aims to help persons with disability lead full and independent lives through sports. Besides providing sporting opportunities for them to realise their potential, SDSC trains talents to represent Singapore and pursue excellence at regional and international competitions. More information at www.sdsc.org.sg