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Dear member associations, athletes, coaches and officials,
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we endeavour to deliver a safe sporting environment for all. We have updated our safe management plan for Preparatory Stage of Transition to Endemic COVID-19 as per government guidance HERE.
NewsComments Off on [Media Release] Paralympians Honoured for Resilience While Goalball Sweeps Most Prizes at Singapore Disability Sports Awards 2021 Presented by Haw Par CorporationStefanie Pitchian
Paralympians Honoured for Resilience While Goalball Sweeps Most Prizes at Singapore Disability Sports Awards 2021 Presented by Haw Par Corporation
Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu takes home Sportswoman of the Year (Resilience) title
Tokyo-bound para cyclist Steve Tee Wee Leong, alongside pilot Ang Kee Meng named Sportsman of the Year
Goalball community takes home three awards with national goalball women’s team winning Team of the Year (Resilience)
Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu has been named Sportswoman of the Year (Resilience) at the Singapore Disability Sports Awards (SDSA) 2021 presented by Haw Par Corporation. This marks the second time Yip has won the Sportswoman of the Year award since the SDSA returned in 2019.
Organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the SDSA presented by Haw Par Corporation aims to recognise the achievements and contributions made by individuals or groups in the disability sports community. Given the lack of competitions globally amidst the health pandemic, SDSA 2021 was dubbed a special ‘Resilience’ edition, with the event celebrating members of the disability sports community for their display of the Paralympic values – courage, determination, inspiration and equality – during the 2020/2021 financial year (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021).
Yip, who last competed internationally in January 2020, has been finding different ways to keep herself in form for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, since the pandemic hit in early 2020. Besides self-training at home, Yip also undertook COVID-19 testing regularly to be able to train safely at the pool and gym, when restrictions allowed. Pin Xiu managed to clock Season Bests for the Women’s 50m Backstroke S2 (1:05.79) and Women’s 100m Backstroke S2 (2:16.34) at the Haw Par National Youth Swimming Championships 2021. Outside of a full-time sports career, the former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) also volunteered her time for multiple causes, including the World Para Swimming High Support Needs Committee, the Safe Sport Commission, the National Youth Council and the Singapore Disability Sports Council.
Yip’s coach, Mark Chay Jung Jun, was named the Coach (High Performance) of the Year (Resilience) for his coaching efforts and giving back to sport as a NMP.
“I am very happy to win the Sportswoman of the Year title, in what has been a challenging year for everyone. Apart from performing to the best of my abilities in the pool, I want to also contribute to sports and create an environment for others to follow in my footsteps. These two years have been very different without the usual competitions and camps. We have prepared for Tokyo 2020 to the best of our abilities in this situation and I am looking forward to race for Singapore,” said Yip.
Cyclist Steve Tee Wee Leong, together with pilot Ang Kee Meng, was named Sportsman of the Year (Resilience). Tee’s meteoric rise in the sport of para cycling will see him debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, making the pair Singapore’s first-ever tandem male cyclists to the Paralympic Games. Tee had taken a sabbatical from his job in 2019 to focus on his lead-up to Tokyo 2020, which was scheduled for August 2020 originally. This act was echoed by Ang, who committed himself to support Tee’s full-time training. When the pandemic hit and delayed Tokyo 2020 to 2021, both battled with multiple mental struggles to persist in their training.
“This journey has taught me the need to trust the process and to stay focused on what I can do to improve. The situation is mostly out of our hands but the onus is on my pilot and I to continue training hard and improving our craft. I am honoured to be named the Sportsman of the Year alongside my pilot Kee Meng. I want to dedicate the award to everyone who has supported us on our journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The journey is like a roller coaster ride for me, from having setbacks of back injuries and going through surgery last year. This didn’t stop me from bouncing back three months later to make it a comeback to continue to train for the Paralympic Games. I would like to dedicate my quote to everyone out there, ‘Do not allow setbacks to hold you back, bounce back from your setbacks to make it a comeback’.” said Tee.
The goalball community was the biggest winner of the night, picking up three of the nine awards. The national goalball women’s team scooped up ‘Team of the Year’ while team coach Hansen Bay was named Coach (Developmental) of the Year. For their efforts in promoting the sport of goalball through innovative experiences and events such as the VisAbility Fitness Challenge 2020 and the VisAbility 2 on 2 Goalball Challenge 2021, the Goalball Singapore club won the Community Impact Award (Events & Initiatives).
Sportsboy of the Year (Resilience) went to Aloysius Gan Kai Hong, who started playing boccia at the age of 7, aided by his competition partner and father, Gan Keng Aik. Sportsgirl of the Year (Resilience) also went to a fellow boccia athlete, Lim Yu Fei Faye, and her competition partner and father, Lim Boon Ghee. Both Gan Keng Aik and Lim Boon Ghee, who stepped up to act as volunteer coaches for other boccia athletes when the pandemic restrictions required training to be split into bubbles, were nominated for the Community Impact Award (Volunteering) but lost the award to Goh Nigel Mark Jian Huang. Goh, an overseas university student who decided to make full use of his time, being unable to travel out of Singapore for his studies, to volunteer at the para powerlifting team’s trainings instead.
“Despite a dearth of competition opportunities this past year, it was all the more important to celebrate the determination, courage and inspiration of our community during these challenging times. Sport has shown that it is a societal leveller and one that can be enjoyed by everyone, including persons with disabilities. We are grateful that Haw Par Corporation was agreeable to help us emphasise this through their continued support for the awards,” said Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, SDSC President.
The virtual award ceremony was graced by Mr Alvin Tan, Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry, and Mr Brian Loo, Group General Manager, Haw Par Corporation.
“COVID-19 has impacted the sports community and resulted in many having to explore new, novel methods of training. Despite the challenges, we know that the spirit and dedication of our Team Singapore athletes has never wavered. I would like to congratulate all nominees, winners and the community. They have supported one another and shown tremendous resilience in the past one and a half years. Let’s continue to support our athletes and cheer them on at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Let’s work together to create more inclusive opportunities for the community to experience the beauty of sport,” said MOS Tan.
A supporter of the SDSC since 2015, Haw Par Corporation renewed their commitment to support SDSC and disability sports through their corporate social responsibility initiative, with a donation of $120,000 in 2021 to the SDSC. This is the third year that Haw Par Corporation is the presenting partner for the SDSA. The corporate donation will also be channeled towards developing the sport of boccia and bringing the sport to the community through the WeHeartBoccia Programme.
“We are proud to support the growth of disability sports in Singapore. The para athletes and the community have time and again shown us what it means to be dedicated and to show resilience in the face of challenging circumstances. We wish all para athletes continued success and good health. In particular, we extend our well-wishes for all Team Singapore athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. We are cheering you on”, Mr Wee Ee Lim, President & CEO, Haw Par Corporation Limited.
NewsComments Off on [Media Release] Mobile Application Launched to Encourage and support Persons with Disabilities to Discover and Participate in Para SportsLim Wei Hao
8 July 2021
Mobile Application Launched to Encourage and support Persons with Disabilities to Discover and Participate in Para Sports
Persons with disabilities will be matched to sport programmes and events based on their interests and disabilities
The launch was graced by Guest of Honour Mr Eric Chua, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Social and Family Development and he was accompanied by distinguished guests Ms Ku Geok Boon, CEO, SG Enable and Mrs Boon-Ngee Sebastian, Senior Director (Grant Management), Tote Board and Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, SDSC President.
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) has launched a mobile application called SDSC LIFE, the first mobile application in Singapore to encourage and support persons with disabilities in Singapore to learn about and participate in para sports. By entering a simple profile of their disability and sport interests, persons with disabilities will be matched to information on suitable and attractive sport programmes, events and stories.
SDSC LIFE, which stands for Lifelong Independence, Friendships and Empowerment, is a members-management platform and a lifestyle mobile application. Upon successful registration, all registered users can register for the latest inclusive sports and wellness programmes and events organised by SDSC and its partners.
To create a sense of community and for persons with disabilities to congregate and interact with like-minded individuals, registered users will be able to gain access to the SDSC LIFE Telegram Channel to interact with other members of the community.
For SDSC’s existing athletes, they will gain access to additional modules within SDSC LIFE, such as a training tab, which shows athletes upcoming training sessions and competitions, and an analysis of past results and performances. Through SDSC LIFE, the attendance-taking process is digitalised with the use of Global Positioning System and the scanning of QR Codes.
The mobile application is also inclusive for members of the public who are keen to contribute to disability sports. They can register for disability sports events and programmes as volunteers.
The official launch, held virtually on Zoom, was graced by Guest of Honour Mr Eric Chua, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Social and Family Development. He was accompanied by distinguished guests Ms Ku Geok Boon, CEO, SG Enable and Mrs Boon-Ngee Sebastian, Senior Director (Grant Management), Tote Board.
“Sports keep us fit and healthy, exposes us to new experiences and friendships, and increases our sense of well-being. I am confident that the SDSC LIFE mobile application will enable more persons with disabilities, their caregivers and members of the public to lead healthy and active lifestyles, stay connected, and forge new relationships. Let us all, as partners working together to better support persons with disabilities and their caregivers, make sports an integral part in our lives,” said Mr Chua.
SDSC LIFE is one of 43 projects that is supported by the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant, now known as the Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant. Funding for SDSC LIFE started in 2018. The Grant, funded by Tote Board and administered by SG Enable, brings together the best ideas from the community of non-profit organisations, social enterprises and innovators to create scalable, impactful innovations for persons with disabilities. The ELI Grant has since impacted more than 8,000 persons with disabilities and their caregivers.
“The Enabling Lives Initiative Grant recognises the importance of innovation and collaboration that can help achieve collective social impact for the disability community. We are happy to support SDSC LIFE in their initiative, and look forward to seeing more persons with disabilities get involved in sports programmes and activities,” said Ms Ku, SG Enable CEO.
“Increasingly, we need to collaborate across sectors to solve complex social problems. Tote Board seeks to support more of such partnerships to create sustainable solutions that better the lives of Singaporeans. Through SDSC LIFE, we see sports, health, technology and the disability sectors come together for the benefit of not just persons with disabilities but also the rest of the community,” shared Mrs Sebastian, Senior Director (Grant Management), Tote Board.
The development of SDSC LIFE started at the end of 2018. Since then, SDSC has worked with a cohort of more than 180 beta-testers – persons with disabilities with little or no prior exposure to disability sports – to test and provide feedback on the mobile application.
“It is easier to access interesting programmes like contests and to encourage people to be active. I hope to see more features such as rewards like vouchers or discounts,” said Ms See Hai Shu, who is 42 years old and is deaf.
As part of the official launch, SDSC also introduced the rewards module, a way for users to earn points for completing actions in SDSC LIFE, which can be redeemed for attractive prizes. Future enhancements to the mobile application include providing listings of disability-friendly locations, such as swimming pools and gyms. Additionally, SDSC is also working with disability organisations and social service agencies to on-board their clients and beneficiaries who may be interested in disability sports.
SDSC is also seeking corporate partnerships and donors who would be able to come on board as mobile application partners to fund next-phase development of the mobile application.
“Technology has been a key driver for persons with disabilities to participate more fully in different social activities. With SDSC LIFE, we hope to encourage more persons with disabilities to come forward to participate in sports; to give themselves the opportunity to try something different. SDSC will support the sporting aspirations of persons with disabilities, whether it is at the entry or elite level. The most important step for persons with disabilities is to give disability sports a try. Together as one community, we can create wonderful experiences and memories together,” said Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, SDSC President.
To date, there have been more than 450 downloads of SDSC LIFE, with SDSC targeting more than 2,000 downloads by January 2022 and more than 5,000 downloads by January 2023.
Nur Syahidah Alim is one of many athletes who will benefit from the SDSC LIFE Mobile Application
“Sport has changed my life and I hope that more people will take a leap of faith to come forward to try sports and be a part of the community. With the SDSC LIFE, there are less barriers to entry and I hope to see the community grow,” said Ms Nur Syahidah Alim, the world number 1 para archer who will be representing Singapore at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
NewsComments Off on [Media Release] SDSC Launches Campaign to Rally Singapore Behind National AthletesStefanie Pitchian
SDSC Launches Campaign to Rally Singapore Behind National Athletes
Over 2000 students from seven schools have committed to the campaign to date
Campaign includes distribution of children’s storybooks featuring world No. 1 para archer Nur Syahidah Alim, and buddy runs
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) has launched a campaign to rally Singaporeans to root for national athletes who are in their last stretch of qualifications for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The campaign, called I’mPOSSIBLE Celebrations, will last till the end of the Paralympic Games in September 2021.
The highlight of the I’mPOSSIBLE Celebrations is the I’mPOSSIBLE Buddy Run 2021, a virtual run targeting a total collective distance of 10,625 km from participants. The figure marks a round-trip between Singapore and Tokyo, and symbolises a journey taken together with national athletes towards their aspirations. The run also takes on an interesting concept, where participants are encouraged to participate in pairs ($32), and take turns to blindfold themselves during the run. Modelled after the guided run event in the Paralympic Games that is designed for visually challenged competitors, it offers Singaporeans an experience of how Paralympians conquer their fears to achieve.
“Losing my sight made it seem impossible for me to play sports. Having a guide, for running, and a pilot, for cycling, makes it possible. When racing in the velodrome, I rely only on the words of my pilot and my blind faith in him. I am heartened to have the understanding and support from Singaporeans through this campaign. This helps make the impossible possible,” said Mr Steve Tee, a para cyclist who has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. This would be Singapore’s debut in the sport at the Paralympics Games.
To date, about 2,000 youth have collectively clocked a distance of 691 km through buddy runs organised by their schools. The SDSC hopes that more schools and members of the public can register for the run and play a part in achieving the distance of 10,625 km together.
The I’mPOSSIBLE Celebrations 2021 is made possible by Micron Foundation. Other activities that have been introduced as part of this campaign include colouring, drawing, writing and cheer competitions, and the launch of young reader storybooks featuring the story of Syahidah Alim, national archer and current world ranked number 1 in the Women’s Compound category for para archery.
“It takes enormous mental strength to reach the top. Often, an athlete gives up years of his or her life for that chance, while friends and peers move on ahead in theirs. Through this campaign, we want to tell our national athletes that we know what they’ve put in, and Singapore is behind them. We are grateful that Micron understands that, from their long-term partnership with us, and agreed to take this step with us,” shared Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director, SDSC.
“We are committed to using Micron’s strengths and influence to create and promote an inclusive and equitable culture inside and outside of our business,” said Chen Kok Sing, corporate vice president and Singapore country manager at Micron. “We are proud to partner with SDSC and support Singapore’s para athletes through this inspiring community event.”.
Dear member associations, athletes, coaches and officials,
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we endeavour to deliver a safe sporting environment for all. We have prepared our safe return sports plan for Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) as per government guidance HERE
With the rising number of community COVID-19 cases driven by a more contagious strain of the COVID-19 virus, the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) will put non-essential in-person training programmes and activities on hold, with effect immediately. This directive will last until 13 June 2021 (inclusive), in alignment with Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), and extends to programmes organised by National Disability Sports Associations (NDSAs).
Athletes Preparing for Major Games May Continue In-Person Training, Subject to Conditions
SDSC recognises that a small number of athletes are preparing their participation or qualification for upcoming major games, such as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the 11th ASEAN Para Games. SDSC will work with NDSAs and coaches to deliver in-person training for these athletes, subject to training essentiality, individual vulnerability, environmental safety and safe management measures.
Alternative Training Encouraged for Athletes Ceasing In-Person Training
All athletes who are ceasing in-person training are encouraged to seek alternative training methods to maintain your physical fitness and mental wellness. Athletes and coaches can approach your NDSA or SDSC to discuss options.
Everyone has a Part to Play
Please refer to go.gov.sg/mohupdates for the latest announcements on COVID-19 developments and measures. If you have any questions, please contact your NDSA or SDSC. Let us all stay vigilant and we will ride through this together.
NewsComments Off on [SDSC Statement] Postponement of Tiger Balm National Boccia Championships 2021Lim Wei Hao
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) would like to seek your understanding that the Tiger Balm National Boccia Championships 2021, that was due to take place on 22 and 23 May 2021, has been postponed until further notice.
The Tiger Balm National Boccia Championships is an annual signature event and SDSC recognises that our community has been eagerly looking forward to the competition.
Nonetheless, the health and safety of all participants, athletes and the community remains SDSC’s priority. Given the increased vulnerability of some para athletes, SDSC will enforce more stringent measures where necessary. Let us all do our part to curb the rise of infections in the community and make Singapore safe for us to return to some norm soon.
We will continue to monitor government advisories and community sentiments and provide an update on the new dates for the Tiger Balm National Boccia Championships 2021 as soon as possible. We seek everyone’s patience and understanding in this matter.
If you have any questions regarding the Tiger Balm National Boccia Championships 2021, please contact Mr Loh at email@example.com.
NewsComments Off on [Media Release] Corning Employees Cross Boundaries for Singapore Para SportsLim Wei Hao
Singapore, 5 February 2021 – Corning Singapore Holdings presented a donation of $19,426 to the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) as part of Corning’s month-long fundraising initiative ‘The Corning Well-Being Challenge” that concluded at the end of 2020.
To keep their employees engaged despite the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘The Corning Wellness Challenge’ invited Corning employees to maintain both physical fitness and psychological wellbeing while fundraising for SDSC.
In line with the challenge’s motto of “being well and doing well”, employees took part in a variety of wellness activities including weight-loss targets, physical exercise, cooking healthy meals for colleagues (“Wellness Pop-up Café”), arts and craft projects, a virtual mini concert and a “Wellness with SDSC” WebEx session. All activities helped to facilitate greater interaction between colleagues, family and friends. Corning employees based in the United States also joined in the challenge, proving that that the spirit of “being well and doing well” transcends geographical boundaries.
“The Corning Wellness challenge is a great initiative that enabled our employees to engage in their own personal wellness activities in a safe manner. I am pleased to see the active participation and we hope this could provide an inspiring story for others to continue their support to the SDSC. We wish our para athletes every success in their sporting journey,” said Mr Ho Cheong Tong, General Manager, Corning International ASEAN region. “I found that committing to my goal of 12 miles per week and participating with fellow Corning colleagues gave me the extra motivation I needed to make exercise a priority and to get outside everyday” said Cheryl Capps, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer based in the United States. “This experience made a difference for me and I personally want to thank Corning ASEAN for providing this opportunity for myself, and other Corning employees, to focus on our own health while also making a difference for the SDSC” she added.
As part of ‘The Corning Wellness Challenge’, para cyclist Steve Tee and para bowler Rex Tan helmed a virtual engagement with more than 50 Corning employees, as both para athletes shared about their sports journey and the values they have learned from sport.
This is the third year in a row that Corning employees have rallied together to contribute to SDSC’s cause. In 2018, as part of OCBC Cycle 2018, a team of 21 Corning Singapore employees raised $6,500 for SDSC by completing innovative challenges during the event.
In 2019, Corning employees went one step further through an internal fundraiser which saw Corning employees raise $15,528, that went towards enabling para athletes to participate in the OCBC Cycle 2019 and SDSC’s athletics development team. During the event, Corning employees rode alongside para athletes in a nod to inclusion.
“We have been very worried about our beneficiaries being forgotten or side-stepped in this climate, where sport has been labelled as ‘non-essential’. Ironically, it is also through this climate that more people have started to realise how important physical activity is to our physical, mental and social well-being – benefits that we have continually tried to emphasise as “essential” for our beneficiaries. The strong support from the Corning family and their partners this year is thus a remarkable demonstration of their “wokeness”. We are crossing our fingers that this would help others step forward,” said Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director, SDSC. Corning’s donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar under the One Team Singapore Fund administered by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
NewsComments Off on [Media Release] Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Award 2020 Keeps Aspiring Paralympian’s Dream AfloatLim Wei Hao
Singapore, 11 November 2020 – The first half of 2020 was supposed to be Moi Yan Ting Danielle’s last stretch to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, as she set her sights on clearing seconds to meet the Games’ Minimum Qualification Standard (MQS). Without a warning, COVID-19 threw the global swimming competition calendar into disarray, and the 21-year-old, who fights against intellectual impairment, found herself in flux. She had to quickly adjust to new home-based training sets to keep herself fit for competition, and seek her family’s extended support to continue her dream. In recognition of her drive to succeed against the odds, the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Award selected Moi as one of its 36 recipients this year.
“I have been training very hard and my family has made a lot of sacrifices for me to chase this dream. I am very happy to receive the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Award that would allow me to continue training, upgrade my equipment and offset the cost of competing overseas. I want to earn the right to represent Singapore at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games,” said Moi, who has now resumed her routine of at least eight pool sessions a week.
Supporting Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) who additionally face financial challenges to continue their sporting dreams, the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Award was launched in 2018 under a partnership between the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) and Haw Par Corporation Limited. Factors such as occupation, household income, support needs, current performance and reasons for application were taken into account by the selection committee.
This year’s awards saw an increase in recipients from 31 to 36 across 11 para sports, bringing Haw Par Corporation’s support for the bursaries to a total of $131,500 over three years. The youngest recipient was, 20, while the oldest recipient was Aisah Binte Ibrahim, 74.
In line with COVID-19 safe distancing measures, this year’s awards did not see a gathering of award recipients and their loved ones. Instead, awards and ‘Back to Sport’ care packages, comprising sports accessories and handwritten messages by Haw Par Corporation employees, were presented to the recipients individually.
“In such challenging times, our para athletes and the community have demonstrated an indomitable spirit to continue training hard. The Haw Par Para Sports Bursary allows us to support and be a part of our para athletes’ journeys. Our para athletes are sources of inspiration for all Singaporeans and we are proud of all they have achieved,” said Mr Wee Ee Lim, President & CEO, Haw Par Corporation Limited.
SDSC hopes the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary will encourage more PWDs to pursue sports. “We are very thankful to Haw Par Corporation for their great support in empowering our para athletes to continue pursuing sport and chasing their dreams. COVID-19 has dealt a great blow to all members of society, including our para athletes. SDSC’s mission of transforming the lives of PWDs through sport would not be possible without partners like Haw Par Corporation. With additional resources for our programmes and to introduce sport to more PWDs, we are hopeful of seeing more PWDs lead active, healthy lives,” said Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, SDSC President.
NewsComments Off on [Media Release] Aston Martin Owners Club Singapore Donates $20,000 to Para SportsLim Wei Hao
Aston Martin Owners Club Singapore Donates $20,000 to Para Sports
AMOCS members first responded to SDSC’s appeal and gave returning Paralympians an unforgettable victory tour in 2008
Donation celebrates a full-circle friendship with the para sports community as 2008 Paralympian Eric Ting receives donation cheque on SDSC’s behalf
Singapore, 29 September 2020 – The Aston Martin Owners Club Singapore (AMOCS) and Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) celebrated 12 years of friendship as AMOCS presented a donation of $20,000 to SDSC.
AMOCS was originally formed in 2008 as a ground-up community by a small, highly enthusiastic group of Aston Martin owners. The mission of the Club was “To share the passion of Aston Martin motoring by creating a fun, supportive and family-like environment, whilst understanding our social responsibilities to the community”.
To bring this mission to life, AMOCS members did not waver in their support for SDSC throughout the years, organising fundraisers and contributing to the celebrations of Singapore’s para sport inspirations.
Most notably, AMOCS members made victory parades possible for the 2008 and 2012 Paralympians. In 2008, when para sports were still relatively unknown locally even as the first Paralympic medals were won by Laurentia Tan and Yip Pin Xiu, AMOCS members did not hesitate to step in when the SDSC appealed for support for the Paralympians’ victory parade. AMOCS members gamely offered their luxury rides to the returning athletes and drove them in a convoy around Singapore to cheers from members of the public and supporters.
“I was part of the victory parade in 2008 and it was a wonderful experience. To know that our achievements at the Paralympics was recognised by the wider Singapore community was heartening. I am thankful to AMOCS for the faith and support,” said Mr Eric Ting, who was then a Paralympic debutante.
“AMOCS has always been about bringing people together and supporting initiatives in our community. Through the years, we are glad to have supported the SDSC and celebrate the achievements of Singapore’s para athletes. To be able to channel these funds to SDSC feels like we have come full circle and is a wonderful way to celebrate our partnership over the years,” said Mr Mike Amour, President of AMOCS. “We are very grateful to the AMOSC for their stellar support over the years. The victory parades brought disability sports much visibility and was the foundation that led to widespread recognition of Singapore’s para athletes. With the donation, SDSC will continue to do more to support our athletes and we hope to encourage more persons with disabilities to take a leap of faith to pursue sport,” said Mr Kevin Wong, President, SDSC.
NewsComments Off on [Media Release] Para Bowling and Para Archery score big wins at Singapore Disability Sports Awards 2020Lim Wei Hao
Para Bowling and Para Archery score big wins at Singapore Disability Sports Awards 2020
Para bowler Eric Foo takes home Sportsman of the Year and
Team of the Year, won alongside teammate Muhammad Farhan Bin Ismail
World No. 1 para archer Nur Syahidah Alim crowned
Sportswoman of the Year alongside her coach, Pang Qing Liang, named Coach (High
Performance) of the Year
Toh Wei Soong named Sportsboy of the Year for second year in
Singapore, 7 August 2020 – Para bowler Eric Foo capped off a wonderful year as he emerged as the biggest winner at the Singapore Disability Sports Awards presented by Haw Par Corporation.
by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the awards aim to recognise
the achievements and contributions made by individuals or groups in the
disability sports community. This year’s ceremony was held virtually and the
event was streamed live on SDSC’s Facebook page.
virtual award ceremony was graced by Guest of Honour, Mr Edwin Tong, Minister
for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law, and Ms
Jasmin Hong, General Manager (Marketing), Haw Par Healthcare.
“My heartiest congratulations to the
disability sports community for their sterling achievements! COVID-19 has
affected many competition and training schedules, but not the spirit and
dedication of our Team Singapore athletes.
Beyond supporting our para athletes on their sporting journey, we are
also committed to providing more opportunities for persons of all abilities to
participate in sport. Let us work towards building a more inclusive society
where we can all play and enjoy sport together,” said Mr Tong.
has intellectual impairment, bowled his way to victory at the Thailand World
Para Bowling Championship 2019 and the Philippines World Para Bowling
Championship 2019, earning four individual medals and two team medals. Foo
edged out four other nominees to be crowned Sportsman of the Year.
team medals were won when he partnered teammate Muhammad Farhan Bin Ismail in
mixed doubles and doubles events at the same competitions. Their achievements
saw them named Team of the Year.
achievements in the past year has shown that his dedication to training has
paid off. He has set an example for his teammates and we are so pleased that he
has been recognised for his efforts. For bowling to win in two award categories
is testament to the work that the association does and we want to continue
developing the sport”, said Florence Khemlani, President, Bowling Association
for the Disabled (Singapore) (BADS). BADS is an Associate Member of SDSC.
1 Nur Syahidah Alim’s fairytale year continues after historic feats achieved in
2019 where she won gold at the 2019 World Para Archery Championship and at the
2019 Asian Para Archery Championship. Syahidah also serves as chairperson of Singapore Para Athletes
Commission and a member of the Asian Paralympic Committee Athlete’s Commission,
where she contributes to the development of para sport in the region.
success Syahidah has achieved was in large part due to the strong chemistry she
has with her coach, Pang Qing Liang, who picked up the Coach (High Performance)
of the Year title. Pang, 29, was the youngest coach to be nominated and has
only started coaching more than a year ago. The pair have their eyes set on
achieving a podium finish at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
swimmer Toh Wei Soong made it two from two, as he was named Sportsboy of the
Year for the second year in a row. Toh won two of three medals won by Singapore
at the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series, and also triumphed at
the 2019 Japan Para Swimming Championships, winning two gold medals there. Toh,
a Toyota ’Start Your Impossible’ (SYI) Hero athlete, has been a strong advocate
in encouraging more young persons with disabilities to embark on their sporting
journeys. He believes educators and teachers have an important role to play in
a veteran sports administrator in Singapore, was awarded the Lifetime
Achievement Award. Tan served as a volunteer of SDSC from 1974 to 2012. In that
time, he was also a volunteer coach for the wheelchair tennis team. Tan holds a
close relationship with many athletes, having interacted with many of them when
he was Chef de Mission for the ASEAN Para Games 2004, Athens 2004 Paralympic
Games and the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Para Games. In 2012, Tan became Executive
Director of SDSC, overseeing a very successful Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,
before eventually retiring in 2017.
past few months have been challenging for our para athletes and community who
have had to adapt and be resilient, to continue training amidst a health
crisis. It is this spirit that sets them apart. It is for this reason that we
wanted to continue to hold the awards virtually. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full
force, SDSC is thankful to be supported by partners like Haw Par Corporation,
who remain steadfast and continue to actively contribute to disability sports
in Singapore. We are hopeful that more partners can step forward to lend their
support. With additional resources for our programmes and athletes, we are
certain that we will have even more milestones to celebrate in the future,”
said Kevin Wong, President, SDSC.
This year’s SDSA is made possible with the support of Haw Par Corporation’s corporate social responsibility initiative and its donation of $120,000 to the SDSC. A supporter of the SDSC since 2015, Haw Par Corporation took on the role of presenting partner for the event for the second year in a row. Apart from the awards, the donation will also be channeled towards developing the sport of boccia and administering the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards. This is the third time the SDSA has been held, after previous editions in 2019 and 2008. Introduced for this year’s awards, members of the public were able to vote for nominees of the awards in the Contributor category.
NewsComments Off on [Media Release] Singapore Disability Sports Awards returns for second consecutive year with 49 nominees contesting 9 awardsLim Wei Hao
Singapore Disability Sports Awards returns for second consecutive year with 49 nominees contesting 9 awards
More being recognised for their contribution to disability sport with an increase in nominees (31 in 2019)
2 July 2020 – The Singapore Disability Sports Awards (SDSA) presented by Haw
Par Corporation returns for the second straight year with a total of 49
nominations received for 9 award categories. The total number of nominations
received increased by 18 when compared to last year’s edition. Winners will be
announced on 7 August 2020, at a virtual ceremony.
by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the awards aim to recognise
the achievements and contributions made by individuals or groups in the
disability sports community.
year’s SDSA is made possible with the support of Haw Par Corporation’s
corporate social responsibility initiative and its donation of $120,000 to the
SDSC. A supporter of the SDSC since 2015, Haw Par Corporation takes on the role
of presenting partner for the event for the second year in a row. Apart from
the awards, the donation will also be channeled towards developing the sport of
boccia and administering the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards.
Ms Jasmin Hong, General Manager (Marketing), Haw Par Healthcare,
presents the cheque of $120,000 to Mr Kevin Wong, President, SDSC
para athletes and the community of coaches, caregivers and volunteers have
demonstrated adaptability and commitment to continue training hard amidst the
uncertain times. They have set an excellent example for all of us. We are proud
to be a part of Singapore’s disability sports story and look forward to
celebrate the achievements of the community.” said Mr
Wee Ee Lim, President & CEO, Haw Par Corporation Limited.
was brought back in 2019, after the last Sports Awards had been held more than
a decade ago in 2008. The only other time that the achievements of the para
sports community were recognised was in 2014, when SDSC had given out a set of
Outstanding and Meritorious Achievement awards as part of its 40th anniversary.
Please view the full list of nominations in the Annex attached.
In a new
format introduced for this year’s awards, members of the public can get involved
in the voting process by casting a vote for nominees of awards in the
Contributor category. Voting is to be done at SDSC’s Facebook page where
participants can stand a chance to be rewarded with cash vouchers. Voting will
take place between 8 July to 15 July 2020.
conjunction with the SDSA 2020, the SDSC has also launched a fundraising
campaign called “Project Rebound”. Project Rebound’s objective is to rally the
wider community to raise funds for SDSC for various areas, such as operational
overheads to support manpower costs; to continue SDSC’s programmes, such as
training for existing beneficiaries; and to raise awareness via outreach
activities, both physical and online, such as a virtual run, are being lined up
under Project Rebound. Project Rebound will end on 31 March 2021, with proceeds
being matched under Tote Board’s enhanced fundraising programme. More
information about Project Rebound can be found here.
SDSC hopes that both individuals and organisations can follow in
Haw Par’s footsteps to show support to Singapore’s para athletes.
Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director, SDSC said, “SDSC began without government funding or even an office more than 40 years ago. We are thankful that the challenging journey has not been in vain, as we celebrate our athletes with disabilities not only within our community but with the rest of Singapore today. This celebration is significant, as it outlines a journey not only by SDSC, but also that of our nation. Starting from separated communities, Singaporeans with and without disabilities are beginning to be valued more equally. Today, talented sporting individuals with disabilities like Yip Pin Xiu can motivate youth with and without disabilities alike when she speaks, while persons with disabilities are not turned away from stadiums and swimming pools like we had seen in the past. These are testament to our nation’s progress, but it doesn’t mean our work is done. There are still many areas that need attention before Singapore sports can reach a true state of equality for persons with disabilities. We continue to rely heavily on donations and sponsorships to sustain our voice and services. The loyalty of Haw Par Corporation relieves our financial worries so that we can continue our work, and, by standing shoulder to shoulder with us, amplifies the importance of providing this basic right for persons with disabilities to access and shine in sports, just like any person without disabilities.”
[Updated 18 June 2020, 19:45] Dear member associations, athletes, coaches and officials,
As announced by the government, while Singapore may be exiting the circuit breaker from 2 June 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet. As such, the key message to all Singaporeans has been to prepare ourselves adequately for Safe Re-opening (Phase 1) and Safe Transition (Phase 2) to prevent flares in community transmission, and a Safe Nation (Phase 3) that will be a new normal to ensure our continued safety until a vaccine can be found.
Para sports activities will gradually begin again, as like non-para sports activities, as per government guidance. Your patience and cooperation is deeply appreciated, and each and everyone of us play our part to understand and support each other through this “war”.
Our team has prepared a list of FAQs that will be updated accordingly as we receive further government guidance. These will, hopefully, be useful for you to be kept abreast of the going-ons, such as trainings and competitions. Do let us know if you have a question that is not addressed by the FAQ.
Thank you and stay safe.
Q: Can I start face-to-face training again from Friday 19 June 2020? [NEW]
A: As we are in the early period of phase 2, we are working tirelessly to ensure your safety as we move towards the resumption of training. It is in our shared interest to support Singapore’s “Safe Transition” Phase 2 (Please refer to SportSG Advisory), to prevent a return to heightened restrictions. To facilitate this approach, SportSG has approved SDSC resumption plan (please refer to SDSC Safe Return to Para Sports Plan).
However, this does not mean that every athlete can go back to training immediately on. As outlined, the plan requires engagement with and commitment from various stakeholders like national disability sport associations, coaches, venue owners, athletes and officials. Therefore, we request your patience as we work together to bring you back to training gradually. As much we hope that everyone can resume their practice soon, it is our duty to calibrate this resumption to ensure a safe return to sport, so that Singapore can make this transition successfully as one.
Q: Can I ask my coach to meet me for a personal training session [UPDATED]
A: Yes, you may but please refer to SportSG advisory on the safety measures.
Q: When can I return to face-to-face training? [UPDATED]
A: As we move towards the resumption of training, we seek your your patience as we work together to bring you back to training gradually (please refer to SDSC Safe Return to Para Sports Plan).
Q: What is meant by a “new normal” in terms of trainings and competitions? [UPDATED]
A: Singapore will adopt various safety guidelines through Phase 1 to Phase 3, at least until a vaccine for COVID-19 can be found, to ensure that Singaporeans remain safe. As such, the “new normal” would mean that we would not expect to return to the old state of trainings, even when they are resumed.
Trainings will take place in smaller groups, which may mean staggered trainings for you and your team mates. Other physical distancing measures will require that you maintain safe distances between yourself and your team mates during training, and that you reduce socialising outside trainings. Your relevant sports officer will be discussing such arrangements with your coach (or association) and inform you on the measures.
Singapore will adopt various safety guidelines through Phase 1 to Phase 3, at least until a vaccine for COVID-19 can be found, to ensure that Singaporeans remain safe. As such, the “new normal” would mean that we would not expect to return to the old state of trainings, even when they are resumed.
Q: Will I continue to receive my SpexTAG allowance if my trainings are suspended, if I am a carded athlete? [UPDATED]
A: As spexTAG allowances are provided to athletes to support them for trainings, athletes must demonstrate proof of achieving training requirements before they can receive the allowances. If there are arrangements for you to continue home-based training with your coach during period, you would continue to receive your allowance if you fulfil the training requirements.
Q: My sport is not able to resume training in the early period of phase 2. What can I do to keep fit? [UPDATED]
A: You are allowed to exercise outdoors or at sporting facilities but please remember to adhere to government guidelines when you step out to exercise, such as social distancing, preparing a mask to wear before and after exercise.
Do also visit our new resource portal, the Inside Track, for some ideas on what you can do. You can also follow our athletes to exercise with some of the guidance videos here.
Q: I am hoping to get carded for 2021. How can I apply for carding without results from international competitions now that the ASEAN Para Games 2020 and other international competitions have been cancelled?
A: Athletes across all kinds of sports in Singapore have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The issue of carding in such circumstances has been surfaced to SportSG. As the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, please allow SportSG some time to consider changes to the carding requirements, while they cope with the different phases of re-opening. Let’s lend support to them in the form of patience and grace during these trying times.
Q: I have lost my job / I am unable to find employment, due to the circuit breaker. Should I stop training?
A: We understand that this is a challenging period, and there may be some who wish to give up on their sporting aspirations. Before you do so, do check with your relevant sports officers if there are employment or upskilling opportunities that are available to support you. Some of the opportunities include:
New employment opportunities at agencies such as SportSG and People’s Association, due to COVID-19
Job vacancies listed by SG Enable
Job vacancies available by spexBusiness partners (for carded athletes only)
Job vacancies available by SDSC partners
Upskilling support available from SDSC’s Focus on Abilities programme
Q: Since the circuit breaker and suspension of trainings, my income has been badly affected. What help is there? [UPDATED]
A: Do use the eligibility checker at https://www.supportgowhere.gov.sg/ to check on government schemes and plans that may be available to you.
In addition, SportSG has consolidated a list of resources that may be helpful to coaches to conduct digital lessons, and seek alternative employment. Do hop by for assistance.
Q: Can I conduct training from 2 June 2020, when the circuit breaker ends?
A: As Phase 1, beginning 2 June 2020, is to manage a safe reopening, sports and recreation facilities remain closed. (Please refer to SportSG Advisory and FAQ.) Therefore, please continue with your home-based training, if there are opportunities to do so with your athletes. Please submit your home-based training proposals to your relevant sports officer for discussion in advance.
[General] Q: Does COVID-19 affect Persons with Disabilities more?
A: There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 affect Persons with Disabilities (PWD) more, but COVID-19 does affect persons with underlying conditions more adversely. Therefore, as long as you maintain adequate safety measures, the risk of you contracting COVID-19 is the same as everyone else. If you have an underlying medical condition or have a weaker immune system, you should take extra precautions as you may not recover easily if you contract COVID-19.
Your risk of contracting COVID-19 heightens if you do not maintain adequate safety measures, and you should evaluate these measures according to your daily routines. For example, if you have visual impairment and require more tactile contact with surfaces, or if you use a wheelchair to get around, do practise washing or disinfecting your hands before you put them on your face. Caregivers should also be requested to follow safety measures if they assist you in your routines.
If you are unclear about government advisories, do seek assistance from a family member or someone who can do so.
Q: Should we stop sports for Persons with Disabilities until the COVID-19 pandemic is entirely over?
A: No one can tell when the pandemic would be over. Meanwhile, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) rely on sports for the same reasons as persons without disabilities, such as to maintain fitness, mental well-being and social networks. Some PWD also rely on sports as a form of therapy, such as to maintain muscle mass and improve muscle tone.
As there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 affect PWD more, para sports will resume gradually according to government guidelines, with adequate safety measures in place as with other sports. However, we shall deliberate underlying medical conditions such as weak immune systems, before the resumption of activities, to manage risk to such individuals specifically.
NewsComments Off on [A Letter to our Community] Cancellation of the 10th ASEAN Para GamesLim Wei Hao
The Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC) issued a media release
on 9 May 2020, titled “10th ASEAN Para Games cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic”.
This comes after the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) confirmed that Philippines
would not host the biennial Games.
This announcement comes at a very challenging time for all of us. The
Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) has had to take stringent but
necessary measures, in tandem with government advisories, to scale back on all
training programmes and activities since 24 March 2020. This meant that we
could not meet physically to do what we love so much: play sports.
SDSC recognises that this has been a period of immense stress and
uncertainty. Having a major game postponed twice, and eventually cancelled is
unprecedented. In fact, none of whatever we are experiencing currently is
Thank you for all that you have done
We journeyed with you in preparing for the Games, we celebrated with you
when you achieved personal bests and we stood by each other through the tough
times – this will always remain our unwavering commitment to you. We salute you
for your blood, sweat and tears, your dedication towards training and the many
hours that have gone into preparing to represent Singapore with distinction.
The time will come when these sacrifices will bear fruit, when sport can once
again take centre stage in our lives.
Let us take strength, and not negativity, from what is happening, and
look forward to the 2021 ASEAN Para Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. The cancellation this
year does not mean that we put a stop to our sporting aspirations. It may be
light at the end of the tunnel if many more athletes can qualify for the 2021
games, with the longer runway, or perform even better.
Non-carded athletes who have been provided with temporary spexCarding in
preparation for the 10th ASEAN Para Games may wish to note that the temporary spexCarding
has ceased on 20 April 2020.
For the next spexCarding application, SDSC will work closely with the Singapore
Sports Institute to ensure the process remains fair and supportive to athletes.
In the meantime, we strongly encourage athletes to find alternative ways to
maintain your form, so that you will be able to sustain your performance at competitions
when there are opportunities. Across the world, many athletes have started to
share inspiring videos and stories on how to maintain one’s body and mind in
excellence amidst this challenging environment. Let us not take this as a
setback in our journey, but an opportunity to break through. Study our
opponents well, analyse our game, build our endurance. Once international
travel restrictions are relaxed, and we see international sports federations restart
their competition calendars, SDSC will work with coaches and associations to
plan our way forward.
For more information and queries about spexCarding, you may email Mr
Kang Tze Wei (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Curating resources for our community
The importance of having a balanced wellness in both our bodies and
minds cannot be underestimated, and we are glad to find that most of our
athletes have been coping well during this circuit breaker, through our recent
well-being survey. Nonetheless, with these extraordinary circumstances set to
continue for some time, SDSC needs to innovate to ensure that our community
remains connected with each other and physically active.
We will be launching a portal of learning resources curated for our
community. Called “The Inside Track”,
SDSC is committed to being alongside you in your sports journey.
We will explore relevant topics to our athletes, such as nutrition,
sleep & recovery. Fitness videos for different impairment groups, and
created in collaboration with the Singapore Para-Athletes Commission (SPAC),
are also lined up for the greater community. We look forward to launch the
portal on our website in the next two weeks. If you have suggestions and other
contributions you wish to make for this portal, please feel free to contact the
SPAC or your sports officer.
Let’s continue to do our part
Thank you for being socially responsible and for complying with the measures
that have been set out. We must continue to stay vigilant and heed advisories
issued by the government. Please refer to go.gov.sg/mohupdates for latest
announcements and stay updated on the latest news. If you have any
questions, please contact the relevant sports officer via their mobile phones
or email. With safe management measures set to continue for some time, we may
not be able to return to our workplace physically, but we remain operational
While the nation prepares to emerge from some circuit breaker measures
come 1 June 2020, we do know that sport will not be able to return to the state
that we knew it to be. When training is allowed to resume, SDSC will have to
enforce measures to ensure that the environment is safe for everyone. We look
forward to seeing everyone again soon.
We have come this far only by relying on each other’s strength. Just as
how sport has taught us to be resilient, we will see through such tough times
together. We are counting down to the day when sports resume and we ride
through wins and losses again as one family.
Taking into account the above advisories issued by MOH and SportSG, SDSC would like to confirm that the suspension of all activities and training programmes will continue till 1 June 2020, in alignment with the extension of the ‘Circuit Breaker’.
Closure of workplace premises: SportSG and SDSC office
SDSC, SportSG and its facilities such as the Sport Singapore Institute (SSI) Gym, SSI Medical Centre and Athletes Services Centre were to close from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020. These closures are now extended till 1 June 2020.
Together we stand
At SDSC, we are here for the community. We understand the desire to kick start your training and get back to our normal routine. To ensure that we can weather the storm, we all need to play our part in the community and adhere to the measures in place. Together we stand united through all uncertainties.
We encourage everyone to remain largely within their place of residence, apart from going out to buy meals or other essentials, or procure essential services. Social contact should be confined to immediate family members living in the same household during this period.
Please continue to stay active, either by exercising indoors, or if you must, exercise outdoors on your own and around your immediate neighbourhood. Always remember to observe safe distancing measures. Please continue to exercise the necessary precautions, such as good personal hygiene, and safe distancing, even at home. If you must go out, remember to wear a mask and if you are not feeling well, please see a doctor.
Staying healthy in both body and mind, you can visit circle.myactivesg.com to keep yourself engaged with activities. To keep abreast with the latest announcements and updates, please refer to go.gov.sg/mohupdates. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant sports officer. Let’s rally on and together we will flatten the curve.
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) had earlier made the
difficult decision to suspend of all of SDSC’s training programmes for all
sports with immediate effect, until 30 April 2020. This had been made known to
our community via the directive issued on 24 March 2020, titled “Suspension of Training
Programmes for all Sports until 30 April 2020”.
Taking into account the above advisories issued by MOH and SportSG, SDSC
would like to confirm that the suspension of all activities and training
programmes will be extended until 4 May
2020 (inclusive), in alignment with the circuit breaker.
Closure of workplace premises: SportSG and SDSC office
Additionally, SportSG and its facilities such as the Sport Singapore
Institute (SSI) Gym, SSI Medical Centre and Athletes Services Centre will be
closed from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020. Athletes are advised to re-schedule all
appointments to a later date. SDSC’s office will also be closed until 4 May 2020
and staff will be telecommuting. SDSC staff will remain contactable and we stand
ready to lend support to athletes, officials and the community.
Let’s do our part
Together, we must be socially responsible and comply with the measures
that have been set out. We encourage everyone to remain largely within
their place of residence, apart from going out to buy meals or other
essentials, or procure essential services. Social contact should be confined to
immediate family members living in the same household during this period.
As sportspersons, athletes are encouraged to stay active, either by
exercising indoors, or if you must, exercise outdoors on your own or with
members of your own household around your immediate neighbourhood. Please
remember to observe safe distancing measures.
Please continue to exercise the necessary precautions, such as good
personal hygiene, and safe distancing, even at home. If you must go out, wearing
a mask could provide some protection. If you are not feeling well, please see a
Please refer to go.gov.sg/mohupdates
for latest announcements and stay updated on the latest news. If you have any
questions, please contact the relevant sports officer or call 6342 3501. Amidst
the uncertainty, let us rely on each other’s strength and stay united. Together,
we will ride through these challenging times.
NewsComments Off on [SDSC Directive] Suspension of Training Programmes for all Sports until 30 April 2020Lim Wei Hao
24 March 2020 (Updated 25 March 2020 with FAQs)
Officials, NDSAs, Sports Teams,
Directive: Suspension of Training Programmes for all Sports until 30 April 2020
The Ministry of Health (“MOH”) issued an advisory on 24 March 2020,
titled “Tighter measures to minimise further spread of COVID-19”. Additionally,
Sport Singapore (SportSG) has also issued an advisory on 24 March 2020, titled
“Advisory to the sporting fraternity”.
In view of the developing COVID-19 situation, and the Multi-Ministry
Taskforce’s decision to “enforce stricter measures that would limit gatherings
outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer”, the Singapore Disability
Sports Council (SDSC) would like to announce the suspension of all of SDSC’s
training programmes for all sports with immediate effect, until 30 April 2020.
Factors such as the vulnerability of our athletes, and the rise of
unlinked COVID-19 cases in Singapore, have been taken into consideration, in
addition to the advisories. With the safety of our athletes as paramount
importance, SDSC has had to make this difficult decision.
and health of all remains SDSC’s top priority
At SDSC, the safety and health of our athletes, our officials and
members of the public, is our top priority. Please continue to exercise the
necessary precautions, such as regular hand-washing and social distancing. If
you are not feeling well, please see a doctor. Together, we will ride through
this storm and come out of it stronger.
Please refer to go.gov.sg/mohupdates for latest updates. If you have any
questions, please contact the relevant sports officer or call 6342 3501.
Thank you very much.
FAQs (Further questions may be directed to your NDSA or sports officer)
Q1. Can I still utilise the training facilities at
the respective time slots that have been booked for training?
A: The suspension of training is in place until
30 April 2020. SDSC will be cancelling the respective booking of all facilities
up till this date.
Q2. Can I still train on my own or conduct my own
A: SDSC has made the difficult decision of
suspending training with the health and safety of our athletes and officials as
our top priority. SDSC recommends that you exercise discretion and take
appropriate measures to stay safe during this period.
Q3. The directive states that all training
programmes will be suspended until 30 April 2020. Will this suspension be
A: SDSC will be monitoring the situation closely
and taking direction from government advisories. We will review the situation
and a decision will be made as we approach the end of April. This will be
communicated to all parties who are affected.
Q4. I understand that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
are postponed till 2021. Are there changes to the qualification criteria and
can I try and aim for qualification?
A: At this juncture, there are no immediate
changes to the qualification criteria that had been previously set out. SDSC
will take direction from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC),
International Federations, and work closely with Singapore National Paralympic
Council(SNPC) on this matter.
Q5. The ASEAN Para Games 2020 are postponed to 3 to
9 October 2020. I want to train but the suspension affects my training plan.
What can I do to stay fit in April 2020?
A: SDSC recommends that you continue to stay fit by
exploring some exercises that you can do in the comfort of your home.
Additionally, SDSC will work with the coaches to explore alterations to the
training plan. through e-learning, such as improving athletes’ knowledge
of techniques, competition rules and game or team strategies. SDSC wants our
athletes to stay safe and use the opportunity to retain competitiveness.
Q6. I am a carded athlete. Will I still get my Athletes Training
Allowance (ATA) for the month of March?
A: The training attendance and objectives will be revised and dated up
till 24 March 2020. If you have met the training objectives and the criteria
for the disbursement of the allowance, we will be able to disburse the March 2020
allowance in full to you.
Q7. I am a carded athlete. I have made some
appointments at the SSI Medical Centre. Can I still attend these appointments,
or make more appointments at SSI Medical Centre for the month of April 2020?
A: Please call the SSI Medical Centre 6500 5450
for more information. We advise you to defer any appointment if possible, but
if you have to go for the appointment, please take the necessary precautions
and adhere to the measures put in place at SportSG’s office.
Q8. Will I still receive my service fees for the month of March 2020?
A: SDSC will pay for all services rendered by the coaches according to
their contract terms.
Q9: Will I still receive my service fees for the
month of April 2020?
A: SDSC will pay for all services rendered by the
coaches according to their contact terms. If there were services rendered for
the month of April, payment will be made according to the respective contract
SDSC understands that this is a trying period for
coaches who may be facing reduced incomes from programme cancellations on other
fronts too. SDSC will work with the coaches and athletes to determine if
alternatives to physical coaching can be achieved fruitfully in the programmes,
which may allow some coaches to continue rendering their service through
different means. However, SDSC cannot guarantee that solutions can be found in
every programme and seeks coaches’ understanding on this.
As a charity, SDSC has its own funding challenges
amidst this worsening economic climate, but would endeavour to maintain a
healthy para sports landscape for all stakeholders whilst ensuring the
responsible use of public funds.
NewsComments Off on Additional Measures for Travellers and Senior Athletes To Reduce Further Transmission of COVID-19 CasesLim Wei Hao
21 March 2020
Dear NDSAs, Sports Teams,
Additional Measures for Travellers and Senior Athletes To Reduce Further Transmission of COVID-19 Cases
Over the past few days, about 70
percent of Singapore’s new COVID-19 cases were imported, most of whom were
Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore after
travel abroad. In view of the heightened risk of further importation of COVID-19
to Singapore, SDSC will be implementing additional measures to further prevent
the transmission of COVID-19.
All athletes, coaches and
officials (including volunteers and caregivers) who have travel history from 5
March onwards are NOT to attend training for 14 days from their date of entry
to Singapore, regardless of the country they have been to.
Example: A returned to Singapore on 10 Mar. A should not attend training from 11 Mar to 25 Mar.
Events and Gatherings
Between now and 30 June
2020, all events and gatherings with 250 or more participants in attendance at
any one time must be suspended.
For events and gatherings with fewer than 250 participants, organisers and event venue operators are required to implement the necessary precautionary measures to ensure separation of at least a metre between participants. These measures include spaced seating at events, and reducing mingling of participants such as during meal times.
Trainings and Competitions
All athletes, coaches and officials are advised to defer all travel abroad with immediate effect. This supercedes our earlier advisory to defer all non-essential travel abroad. The expansion of the travel advisory is to reduce the risk of Singaporeans being infected with the virus when abroad, and spreading it to other Singaporeans when they return.
Additional safe distancing measures for seniors
To continue to
safeguard the wellbeing of our senior athletes and officials, the suspension of
all training activities will be extended for another 14 days, until 7 April. In
addition, all organisers of activities that involve physical interactions
amongst seniors should suspend such activities from 22 March to 7 April.
At SDSC, the safety of our
participants, our partners and members of the public, is our top priority.
Please continue to exercise precaution and stay safe. Please refer to go.gov.sg/mohupdates for
If you have any questions, please contact the
relevant sports officer or call 6342 3501.
NewsComments Off on Additional Precautionary Measures In Response To Escalating Global SituationLim Wei Hao
12 March 2020
Dear NDSAs, Sports Teams,
As of 12 March 2020, over 100 countries worldwide
have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19. To control the import of COVID-19 cases,
some countries have put in place travel restrictions against visitors from
The government has advised travellers to defer
non-essential travel to Mainland China, Iran, northern Italy, Japan and the
Republic of Korea (South Korea).
If you are planning to travel overseas for
training, competitions, etc during this period, do check on the entry
restrictions of the countries you are travelling to. Some countries may have
restrictions against travellers from Singapore, including those who have been
Declaration of travel plans
In line with staying prepared and safeguard
everyone against COVID-19, coaches, officials and athletes are required to
declare their travel plans to their respective Sports Officers at least 2 weeks
before the intended travel date. Declaration should also include the date of departure and arrival,
destination and purpose of travel.
Coaches, officials and athletes are advised to stay vigilant, monitor developments, and heed the advice of local authorities.
What to do when you come back from your travels
You should monitor your health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore, and seek medical attention promptly if you feel unwell.
You should inform your doctor of your travel history. If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), you should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.
Stay Home Notice
Anyone with recent travel history to mainland China
(excluding Hubei province), Iran, northern Italy or South Korea will be
required to remain in their place of residence at all times for a 14-day period
under the Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
the recent increase in locally transmitted cases, coaches, officials and
athletes should avoid social contact and see a doctor early if unwell. We
must raise our hygiene standards and exercise social responsibility to contain
the spread in Singapore.
would like to reiterate that the below action plan is still in force until
1. Training Activities
will be COMPULSORY for precautionary measures (outlined below)
to be ENFORCED by all officials and coaches, before training
activities can continue.
Temperature Taking Before and After Training
must not have a temperature above 37.5 degrees. Any person with temperature
above 37.5 degrees will not be permitted to continue training.
Handwashing with Soap
must wash their hands with soap before and after training.
Suspension of Training Activities
athletes deemed to be from the vulnerable groups, i.e. athletes with
respiratory problems, boccia athletes, are to continue with the SUSPENSION of all
training activities until further advice. All teams on suspension are
reminded to keep track of the latest updates on COVID-19 and to communicate
with their respective Sports Officers on plans to resume activities with
precautionary measures in place.
part of the social distancing measure implemented by the government, all senior
coaches, officials and athletes aged 50 years old and above are
advised to refrain from attending training and activities from 11 March to 24
Additional precautionary measures including reducing
the group size of activities to prevent crowding, re-organising activities to
minimise physical contact, increasing the frequency of sanitising equipment
between activities, providing sufficient facilities for regular hand washing,
and checking if participants are well should be implemented before activities
SDSC, the safety of our participants, our partners and members of the public,
is our top priority. Refer to SDSC’s DORSCON measures attached. Please continue
to exercise precaution and stay safe. Please refer to go.gov.sg/mohupdates for latest updates.
you have any questions, please contact the relevant sports officer or call 6342
NewsComments Off on [SDSC Advisory] DORSCON Level Changes to Orange and Impact on SDSC’s ActivitiesLim Wei Hao
7 February 2020
Level Changes to Orange and Impact on SDSC’s Activities
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) would like to inform you that the Ministry of Health has announced that the ‘Disease Outbreak Response System Condition’ (DORSCON) is now DORSCON level Orange. With the latest developments, there will be changes made to the SDSC’s training programmes. Please note the action plan below.
1. Training Activities
It will be COMPULSORY for precautionary measures (outlined below)
to be ENFORCED by all officials and coaches, before training activities
can continue. If precautionary measures are not in place, all training is to be
SUSPENDED. Suspension of training can only be lifted after SDSC (or the
relevant sports officer) receives notification that precautionary measures are
A. Temperature Taking
Athlete/official/caregiver/coach must not have a temperature above 37.5 degrees. Any person with temperature above 37.5 degrees will not be permitted to continue training.
B. Handwashing with Soap
Athlete/official/caregiver/coach must wash their hands with soap before and after training.
2. Suspension of Training Activities
All athletes deemed to be from the vulnerable groups, i.e. athletes with respiratory problems, boccia athletes, are to SUSPEND all training activities with immediate effect.
3. Purchase of Equipment
Due to inventory limitations in SDSC, officials/coaches can purchase 1-2
thermometers for the sports groups they oversee and claim from SDSC.
At SDSC, the safety of our participants, our partners and members of the
public, is our top priority. Refer to SDSC’s DORSCON measures attached. Please
continue to exercise precaution and stay safe. Please refer to
go.gov.sg/mohupdates for latest updates.
If you have any questions, please contact the relevant sports officer or call 6342 3501.
Thank you very much.
Download Statement Please download the statement in full from here.
NewsComments Off on [SDSC Advisory] Postponement and Cancellation of Sports EventsLim Wei Hao
7 February 2020
Dear Partner Organisations, Schools,
and Cancellation of SDSC’s Sports Events
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) would like to inform all
partner organisations and schools that in light of the latest developments of
the coronavirus in Singapore, SDSC has made the difficult decision of
postponing all sports events until further notice. At SDSC, the safety of our
participants, our partners and members of the public, is our top priority.
The events that are affected by the postponement are:
Original Date of Event
Singapore Para Cycling Championships 2020
Saturday, 15 February 2020
Postponed until further notice
Haw Par National Junior & Youth Athletics Championships 2020
Friday, 13 March 2020
Postponed until further notice
Haw Par National Youth Swimming Championships 2020
Friday, 27 March 2020
Postponed until further notice
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March & 5, 12, 19 April 2020
Postponed until further notice
World Para Swimming World Series Singapore 2020
Friday-Sunday, 1-3 May 2020
We thank you for the kind support. Please stay tuned for updates. If payment has already been made, it will be processed and the amounts will be refunded in full.
Please continue to exercise precaution and stay safe. Please refer to
go.gov.sg/mohupdates for latest updates.
If you have any questions, please contact the relevant sports officer or
call 6342 3501.
Thank you very much.
Download Statement Please download the statement in full from here.
NewsComments Off on [SDSC Advisory] SDSC Advisory To Members on Response to Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia in Wuhan and Hubei provinceLim Wei Hao
24 January 2020
Dear Athletes, Coaches and Members
SDSC Advisory To Members on Response to Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia in Wuhan and Hubei province
1. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously known in humans has been identified in China. The novel coronavirus (named 2019-NCoV) has caused cases of severe pneumonia in China and cases have been exported to other cities and countries.
2. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
3. In view of the situation in Wuhan, Hubei province and China, SDSC advises athletes, coaches and members to avoid all travel to Wuhan and Hubei province, while continuing to exercise caution and attention to personal hygiene when travelling to the rest of China.
4. SDSC does not require self-isolation of athletes, coaches and members who are coming back from China at this juncture. However, you should monitor your health closely for 2 weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if you feel unwell, and also inform your doctor of your travel history. If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose), you should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.
5. If travelling, please adopt the following precautions at all times:
Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
Observe good personal hygiene;
Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to the toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
6. We encourage you to share the above information with relevant parties and check the MOH website regularly on further updates and Health Advisories. You are also encouraged to print and display the attached poster at your premises.
NewsComments Off on Singapore Earns Rights to Host Micron Singapore World Para Bowling Tour Series for Second Consecutive YearStefanie Pitchian
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) today announced that Micron Foundation, the non-profit entity of Micron Technology, has pledged a $100,000 donation to its “Live the Dream” programme, enabling the advocacy agency to organise the World Para Bowling Tour Series in Singapore for the second time.
Singapore is the only host country to be given this honour, as previous hosts Hong Kong and Malaysia have been replaced by Thailand and Philippines in this second edition.
To be held from 24 to 27 July 2019 at Temasek Club, the Tour Series will benefit local and other international para bowlers in gaining precious sparring opportunities in the lead-up to the Asean Para Games, which will be held in January 2020. A number of countries are likely to use the event as a selection trial for the Asean Para Games, so a high standard of play and increased number of participants are expected.
In line with the Company’s commitment to invest in the communities in which it operates, Micron encourages its team members to volunteer, providing them with paid time off. Micron employees will support this year’s event in several capacities such as internal team liaison officers and lane marshals.
“Micron has a strong culture of giving back to the community, and our team members look forward to engaging with and supporting the tournament’s para athletes,” said Micron Vice President and Singapore Country Manager, Mr. Chen Kok Sing. “We have witnessed the tenacity and sportsmanship exemplified by the para athletes over the years, and we are delighted to play a role in helping them realise their potential.”
Micron’s donation backs a consistently growing community of para bowlers in Singapore. Every year, more than 40 new persons with disabilities are introduced to the sport locally. About 160 athletes with disabilities train and compete in bowling currently.
SDSC aims to use the event to increase public awareness of disability sports. Members of the public, corporations and schools will be invited to try bowling blindfolded and seated to test their skills and understand how individuals overcome disabilities to pursue the sport.
Mr. Kevin Wong, President of Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), said that “We are very thankful to Micron’s continued support in sponsoring us to organize the World Para Bowling Tour Series. The competition not only brings together para bowlers from all walks of life in Singapore, it also provides an opportunity for Singaporean athletes to interact with their peers from abroad.”
Micron’s donation will go beyond benefitting the sport of para bowling in Singapore, inspiring more persons with disabilities to participate in other para sports, such as rugby. Micron funds will also be used to help fund SDSC’s first campaign video.
NewsComments Off on Singapore Sports School Para Games Ups Competitive Landscape for Disability Sports SectorStefanie Pitchian
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.
NewsComments Off on Strong finish for Team Singapore Boccia athletes on final day of competitionStefanie Pitchian
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.
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.
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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.
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NewsComments Off on 0.53s difference to silver: TeamSG finishes the Singapore International Para Cycling Cup with 1 Gold and 2 BronzesStefanie Pitchian
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”.
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