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Team Singapore Boccia athletes Toh Sze Ning and Aloysius Gan in the medal hunt for the BC3 pairs event

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spexScholar Toh Sze Ning and Aloysius Gan performed well as a duo in the BC3 pairs event at the Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018. Partnering for the first time, captain Sze Ning took charge and led the pair to a 4-3 win in the first round against the Thai pairing of Poolket Pongsathorn and Kla-han Ladamanee. In their other match, the duo defeated compatriots Ho Jing Rui and Desmond Lam Wai Ho with a score of 6-2. Their wins put them in a good position to stand on the podium when competition resumes.

The pair and team events for BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4 will continue and be concluded tomorrow.

World No. 3 Saengampa Worawut led his team in the BC1 Team event with a score of 31-0 against Singapore

Earlier in the day, the individual event was concluded with Thailand sweeping all the Gold and Silver medals.

 

Individual event results:

BC1 (Gold Medal Match)

Huadpradit Witsanu (THA) 5:0 Deemak Nattawu (THA)

BC1 (Bronze Medal Match)

Mohd Shahrul Rafiq Maula Mustafa (MAS) 2:8 Kim Dohyun (KOR)

BC2 (Gold Medal Match)

Saengampa Worawut (THA) 4:4 Pachdee Boontep (THA)

Tie break 1:0

BC2 (Bronze Medal Match)

Teri Dale Adelric (MAS) 3:2 Shin Wooseob (KOR)

BC3 (Gold Medal Match)

Poolket Pongsathorn (THA) 1:4 Kla-han Ladamanee (THA)

BC3 (Bronze Medal Match)

Aloysius Gan Kai Hong (SGP) 0:8 Kim Deubora (KOR)

 

Organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the Singapore Boccia Open made its return after a 10-year hiatus, thanks to a S$70,000 sponsorship from Tiger Balm. The 4-day competition will draw to a close tomorrow. Spectators will have a last chance to witness the exciting action from 9.30am to 12pm at the sports hall of Heartbeat@Bedok. Admission is free.

A victory ceremony will be held at Kallang Wave Mall Atrium (next to Cotton On) from 6pm to 6.30pm

 

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

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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

 

 

Thai athletes reign supreme on day 2 of the Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018

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Boccia athletes from Thailand showed off their prowess on the regional stage as they took all the spots in the finals of the individual events.

 

World No.3 in the BC2 category, Thailand’s Saengampa Worawut, moved on to the finals tomorrow after beating Malaysian Teri Dale Adelric 14-0.

 

Worawut’s opponent in the final is compatriot Pachdee Boontep, who beat South Korea’s Shin Wooseob 10-0 in the semi-finals.

 

Singapore’s Aloysius Gan, 12, the youngest athlete of the competition, gave the home crowd much to cheer about when he became the only Team Singapore athlete to qualify for the BC3 semi-finals in the individual event. Gan displayed grit and resilience as he came from behind 0-4 to beat Korean Woo Jeongmin with a score of 7-4 in the round robin stage.

 

In the nail-biting semi-final, Gan again found himself down 0-3 early on against Thailand’s Poolket Pongsathorn. But Gan put up a good fight to reduce the deficit to 2-3. In the end, he lost the see-sawing match by a narrow margin of 2-4.

 

Pongsathorn will battle teammate Kla-han Ladamanee in the final. Over in the BC1 category, it will be another all-Thai final between Huadpradit Witsanu and Deemak Nattawu.

 

 

Semi-finals results:

BC1

Huadpradit Witsanu (THA) 6:0 Mohd Shahrul Rafiq Maula Mustafa (MAS)

Deemak Nattawu (THA) 5:2 Kim Dohyun (KOR)


BC2

Saengampa Worawut (THA) 14:0 Teri Dale Adelric (MAS)

Pachdee Boontep (THA) 10:0 Shin Wooseob (KOR)


BC3

Poolket Pongsathorn (THA) 2:4 Aloysius Gan Kai Hong (SGP)

Kla-han Ladamanee (THA) 9:3 Kim Deubora (KOR)

 

Organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the Singapore Boccia Open made its return after a 10-year hiatus, thanks to a S$70,000 sponsorship from Tiger Balm. Finals for the individual category will be played tomorrow morning.

 

Spectators can catch all the exciting action at the four-day event, held in the sports hall of Heartbeat@Bedok until Saturday, 2 June 2018. Admission is free.

 

 

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

 

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Amazing skills on display at Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018

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Day 1 of the Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018 kicked off this morning with 35 top athletes from 4 Asian countries battling it out for top honours in the individual event.

 

Competition was intense with representatives from Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Team Singapore taking part in the round-robin format. Team Singapore spexScholar Toh Sze Ning dazzled the crowd with a 8-2 finish, beating compatriot ElaineEng. Toh narrowly lost out to Korean Kim Deubora 2-3 in another match in the BC3 category.

 

Up and coming athlete Aloysius Gan, who at 12 years old is the youngest Team Singapore athlete in the competition, did well in his opening match with a 9-1 victory against compatriot Gareth Ho. But Gan later lost to Thailand’s Kla-Han Ladamanee in the BC3 category.

 

Among the day’s top performers was World No.3 in the BC2 category, Thailand’s Saengampa Worawut. He showed why he is a force to be reckoned with, throwing with great precision as he thrashed Korean Shin Wooseob and Singaporean Gan Sun Ling 17-0 in both matches.

 

Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the Ministry of Communication and Information, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour as she welcomed the teams at the opening ceremony this morning.

 

Organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the Singapore Boccia Open made its return after a 10-year hiatus, thanks to a S$70,000 sponsorship from Tiger Balm. The round-robin stage of the competition will continue tomorrow morning. Semi-finals are slated to take place later in the afternoon.

 

Spectators can catch all the exciting action at the four-day event, held in the sports hall of Heartbeat@Bedok until Saturday, 2 June 2018. Admission is free.

 

 

 

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/2xnkEEh

All Images to be credited to Alfie/SDSC unless stated in caption.

Daily results will also be regularly updated on SDSC’s Facebook page and 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

Tiger Balm fuels Singapore’s first Boccia Open in a decade

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  • Donation of over $70,000 revives a long-awaited platform for local development players
  • Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018 will see athletes from Korea, Thailand, Malaysia competing against Singapore, including World Ranked No. 1, Thailand’s Worawut Saengampa
  • Fun “Botch-Ya” challenges and new Boccia Novice Kit seek to promote the sport beyond persons with disability

 

An international Boccia competition is returning to Singapore’s shores, thanks to a donation of over $70,000 from homegrown multinational brand, Tiger Balm. From 29 May to 2 June, 35 athletes with severe disability from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea will be battling it out at Heartbeat@Bedok. Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth & Ministry of Communications and Information, will be welcoming the teams during the tournament’s Opening Ceremony.

 

Organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) with a group of passionate Boccia volunteers, the tournament aims to provide local developing Boccia players quality competitive exposure. The youngest player in the tournament would be 11-year-old Aloysius Gan, a student of Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Singapore) School.

 

Spectators would also be able to witness elite players in action, such as Singapore spexScholar Toh Sze Ning, and Thailand’s Worawut Saengampa, who is currently world ranked No. 1 in the BC2 category.

 

While familiar faces abound for 22-year old Singaporean athlete Neo Kah Whye, the experienced Boccia player is not about to take the competition lightly, “I’ve competed against Thai players many times before, but each time is a chance to do better.” The Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open marks a much awaited boost for the sport, following a decade-long hiatus since the last international boccia tournament organised here in 2008.

 

“The Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open is a precious opportunity for our para athletes to gain exposure to the pressure and demands of international competition, and we are very glad to have the support from Haw Par to bring this event back to Singapore again after an absence of 10 years.” SDSC President, Kevin Wong, shared.

 

Singapore will be represented by the most number of players with a 17-strong contingent, followed by Thailand with 8, Korea with 7 and Malaysia with 3. All athletes will vie for the Individual, Pair and Team titles in the BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4 classes.

 

Tiger Balm’s support for the Boccia Open follows an earlier adoption of SDSC’s Boccia programme over the past four years. The adoption provided Boccia athletes and officials subsidies for training needs such as transportation, equipment, and competitions. This helped Boccia to grow from 21 players in 2014 to more than 80 players in in 2018, making Boccia the most popular sport for persons with severe disability today.

 

“We are pleased to be able to do our part to contribute to the wellbeing of our society through our sponsorship of the SDSC’s Boccia Programme and we are proud to support Boccia Open 2018. We believe this to be a worthwhile endeavour as it showcases the achievements of the Boccia athletes from different countries as they pit their skills against one another. We applaud the courage and determination of the Boccia athletes,” commented Mr Wee Ee Lim, President and CEO of Haw Par Corporation Limited, which owns the Tiger Balm brand.

 

 

Promoting Boccia as a sport for all

Riding on this wave of support, the SDSC plans to introduce Boccia to a wider audience. Boccia, originally designed as a sport for the severely disabled, demands less physical strength than strategic play, similar to an enlarged version of “marbles”. The game is played by many other sectors of the community in other countries such as the United Kingdom. The SDSC thus hopes that the sport can catch on locally, to benefit many more people, especially those who may prefer less physically demanding sports.

 

A Boccia Novice Kit has been developed with the support of Tiger Balm, comprising of fun challenges designed by local volunteers. The Kit will see its first distribution at public outreach sessions held in conjunction with the Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018, and would also be distributed to schools and old age homes. Individuals and organisations can seek SDSC’s advice in getting Boccia equipment, or loan SDSC’s sets for short-term activities.

 

On 27 and 30 May, public outreach sessions will be held at the atrium of Heartbeat @ Bedok, where members of the public can have fun in mini challenges adapted from Boccia. Challengers can redeem Tiger Balm products or limited edition Team Singapore tee-shirts. Organised groups that sign up with SDSC (via https://goo.gl/asEn3R) can also enjoy a guided tour to witness tournament action.

 

 

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For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

Stefanie Pitchian

Corporate Communications

T: 6342 3509

E: sbo18_media@sdsc.org.sg

 

 

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

 

 

Annex A               Schedule for Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018

27 May 2018“Botch-Ya” Public Outreach (First Run)

Venue: Atrium at Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Time: 9am – 6pm

Organised Group Participants: Hougang Primary School, Hai Sing Catholic School, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities.
28 May 2018Arrival of Teams from Korea, Malaysia, Thailand
29 May 2018Training & Classification

Venue: Sports Hall at Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm
30 May 2018Opening Ceremony

Venue: Sports Hall at Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Time: 9.00am to 9.30am

Guest of Honour: Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Community, Culture and Youth & Ministry of Communications and Information

Special Guest/s: Mr Wee Ee Lim, President & CEO of Haw Par Group



Tournament (Individuals – Round Robin)

Venue: Sports Hall at Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Time: 10.30am to 7.00pm


“Botch-Ya” Public Outreach (Second Run)

Venue: Atrium at Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Time: 9am – 6pm

Organised Group Participants: Bedok Green Secondary School, Rainbow Centre.
31 May 2018Tournament (Individuals – Round Robin & Semi-Finals)

Venue: Sports Hall at Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Round Robin: 9.30am to 5.00pm

Semi-Finals: 4.00pm to 7.00pm
1 June 2018Tournament (Individuals – Finals, Pairs and Team – Round Robin)

Venue: Sports Hall at Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Individual (Finals): 9.30am to 11.40am

Pairs and Team (Round Robin): 11.40am to 7.00pm
2 June 2018Tournament (Pairs and Team – Finals)

Venue: Sports Hall at Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Pairs and Team (Finals): 10.00am to 2.00pm



Closing Ceremony with Victory Ceremonies

Venue: (TBC) Level 1 Atrium, Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Pl, Singapore 397628

Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Guest of Honour: TBC

Special Guest/s: TBC
3 June 2018Departure of Teams

 

For news coverage on the event, please refer to:

Singapore to Host International Boccia Tournament for the First Time Since 2008 (The Straits Times, 17 May 2018)

Boccia Open to Aid Inclusiveness (The Straits Times, 18 May 2018)

EFA Group Backs Singapore’s Para Cyclists on Road to Tokyo 2020

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15 May 2018

  • Donation of $20,000 to SDSC will qualify for matching funds under the OneTeamSingapore Fund, and boost support for para cyclists’ high performance pathway
  • First initiative would be the professionalization of the local para cycling championship, making it the first-ever C1 race in Singapore, sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale

The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is delighted to announce its partnership with EFA Group, on their adoption of the Para Cycling High Performance Programme for 2018. The $20,000 sponsorship, together with matching funding that SDSC would qualify for under the OneTeamSingapore Fund, will be channeled to a range of high-performance related activities for the para cycling team starting from May 2018, led by both SDSC and the Para Cycling Federation (Singapore) (PCFS), an associate member of SDSC.

The donation marks the first corporate adoption of the para cycling team. The team debut at their first major game – the 9th ASEAN Para Games – last year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and returned as the most bemedalled team of the contingent, hauling 14 medals of a total 50-medal tally for Singapore.

To date, three para cyclists have qualified for the Asian Para Games 2018, which will be taking place in October in Jakarta, Indonesia. The cyclists’ performance at the Asian Para Games will provide sensing of their potential towards the Paralympic Games.

Beyond the great start of the partnership, SDSC and PCFS would be providing platforms for EFA employees to learn from the journeys of para athletes, and bridge their interests with staff volunteer exposure.

“Just as lack of financing should not hamper the growth of good businesses, we believe that no one should be excluded to participate in a sport they excel in because of a disability or insufficient funding. We are confident that by providing them with the right resources and support, this team of high performance athletes can be steered to succeed. This partnership also goes beyond having our logo on a banner or t-shirt. It is a great opportunity for our employees to interact with the athletes and understand how they overcome challenging situations with adaptability and tenacity, an invaluable lesson that applies both professionally and personally,” said Mr Francois Dotta, CEO of EFA Group.

With the Para Cycling team’s aspirations taking off under EFA’s sponsorship, SDSC is also on the lookout for more partners to adopt other para sports teams. Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director of SDSC, said, “The EFA partnership is based on a new formula we are exploring, whereby the adopter not only accesses a single team, but is offered flexible opportunities across various sports to cater to diverse interests within the organisation. We hope that this new formula will bridge more ardent partners with our talented athletes with disability, and bring them excitement in sharing our discovery of the next Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu.”

 

Singapore International Para-cycling Cup 2018

One of the first high performance initiatives that will benefit from the EFA donation would be the local national para cycling race. On 27th May 2018 (Car-Free Sunday), SDSC and PCFS will be hosting the Singapore International Para Cycling Cup (SIPC) 2018, an upgraded edition from its inaugural launch in 2017. The SIPC 2018 would be the first local cycling race to be sanctioned as C1 by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the International Federation for the sport of cycling, which means that participants would be clocking UCI points towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Para cyclists from Malaysia, Thailand and Romania have registered to compete against Team Singapore.

There will be two waves for the race – wave 1 for handbikes and trikes (persons with lower body immobility), and wave 2 for tandem bikes and bicycles (persons with visual impairment and amputees). This would be the first time Singaporeans can witness trikes in action, which will be raced by Romania and Malaysia.

The races will take place from 6am to 8am on 27 May (see Annex A for the race route). At 8am, supporters can try out hand cycling or blindfold cycling, or cycle alongside junior para cyclists for a Ride-for-All campaign over a distance of 1.7km, to help advocate inclusive cycling. A target of 100 cyclists is set for the Ride-for-All campaign. Public are encouraged to contact SDSC at corpcomm@sdsc.org.sg to register your interest in the activities.

 

Media Invitation

Journalists and photographers are invited to meet the teams on the race day, and experience hand cycling or blindfold cycling. Please RSVP your attendance to Ms Wee Yee Ting at yee.ting@sdsc.org.sg or +65 9852 6103, by 23 May 2018. Thank you.

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For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

Wee Yee Ting

Corporate Communications

E: corpcomm@sdsc.org.sg

M: +65 9852 6103

 

Siti Rasiqah

Head of Communications

E: siti.rasiqah@efa-group.net

 

About EFA Group

EFA Group is a global independent asset manager specializing in private debt strategies. Established in 2003, the firm manages over US$1.2 billion of capital with a cumulative 25-year track record of positive performance across all of its funds. EFA is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Dubai Financial Services Authority and has over 70 personnel across offices in Singapore, Dubai, Geneva, London, and Istanbul.

 

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

 

Annex A – Route of SIPC 2018

Venue: 1.7km Cecil / Robinson Road circuit

 

 

For news coverage on the event, please refer to:

Para Sports: Team Singapore para-cyclists get $20,000 boost from EFA Group (The Straits Times 15 May, 2018)