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[Media Release] Singapore Disability Sports Awards returns for second consecutive year with 49 nominees contesting 9 awards

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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)

Singapore, 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.

Organised 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 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

“Singapore’s 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.

The SDSA 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.

In 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.

Fundraising 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.”

Please download full media release from here.

Please download the full list of nominees for SDSA 2020 from here.

[Frequently Asked Questions] Exiting the Circuit Breaker

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[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.


[Athletes]

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:

  1. New employment opportunities at agencies such as SportSG and People’s Association, due to COVID-19
  2. Job vacancies listed by SG Enable
  3. Job vacancies available by spexBusiness partners (for carded athletes only)
  4. Job vacancies available by SDSC partners
  5. Upskilling support available from SDSC’s Focus on Abilities programme

[Coaches]

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.

[A Letter to our Community] Cancellation of the 10th ASEAN Para Games

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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 precedented.

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.

spexCarding Update

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 (tze.wei@sdsc.org.sg).

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 offsite.  

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.  

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Kelly Fan

Executive Director

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[SDSC Directive] Continued Suspension of all Activities and Training Programmes for all Sports until 1 June 2020

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22 April 2020

Dear Athletes, Officials, NDSAs, Sports Teams,

SDSC Directive: Continued suspension of all Activities and Training Programmes for all Sports until 1 June 2020

The Ministry of Health (“MOH”) issued an advisory on 21 April 2020, titled “Strong national push to stem spread of COVID-19”. Additionally, Sport Singapore (SportSG) has also issued an advisory on 21 April 2020, titled “Advisory on tightened measures on sport and physical exercise during the extended circuit breaker period (till 1 June 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 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.

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

SDSC

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[SDSC Directive] Suspension of all Activities and Training Programmes for all Sports Extended until 4 May 2020

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6 April 2020

Dear Athletes, Officials, NDSAs, Sports Teams,

SDSC Directive: Suspension of all Activities and Training Programmes for all Sports Extended until 4 May 2020

The Ministry of Health (MOH) issued an advisory on 3 April 2020, titled “Circuit breaker to minimise further spread of COVID-19”. Additionally, Sport Singapore (SportSG) has also issued an advisory on 5 April 2020, titled “Advisory on sport and physical exercise & activities for the control period of 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020”.

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 doctor.

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.

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

SDSC

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[SDSC Directive] Suspension of Training Programmes for all Sports until 30 April 2020

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24 March 2020 (Updated 25 March 2020 with FAQs)

Dear Athletes, Officials, NDSAs, Sports Teams,

SDSC 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.

Safety 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.

Yours sincerely,

SDSC

FAQs (Further questions may be directed to your NDSA or sports officer)

General

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 training?
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 further extended?

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.

For Athletes

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.

For Officials/Coaches

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 terms. 

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.

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Additional Measures for Travellers and Senior Athletes To Reduce Further Transmission of COVID-19 Cases

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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.

Local Trainings

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.

Overseas 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 latest updates.

If you have any questions, please contact the relevant sports officer or call 6342 3501.

Thank you very much.

Additional Precautionary Measures In Response To Escalating Global Situation

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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 affected countries.

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 in transit. 

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).

With 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.

SDSC would like to reiterate that the below action plan is still in force until further advice.’

1Training Activities

It will be COMPULSORY for precautionary measures (outlined below) to be ENFORCED by all officials and coaches, before training activities can continue.  

Precautionary Measures

A. Temperature Taking Before and After Training

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 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. 

As 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 March 2020.

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 are resumed.

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.

Inclusive ActiveSG Facilities

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Did you know ActiveSG has committed to upgrading facilities and providing training to sport centre staff to make sports facilities more accessible to persons with disabilities and special needs?

We have put together a list of these facilities for your easy reference.

1) ActiveSG Gym @ Ang Mo Kio Community Centre
795 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569976

2) Enabling Village ActiveSG Gym
20, Lengkok Bahru, #01-05, Enabling Village, Singapore 159053

3) Heartbeat @ Bedok ActiveSG Gym
11, BEDOK NORTH STREET 1, Singapore 469662

4) Heartbeat @ Bedok ActiveSG Swimming Complex
11, BEDOK NORTH STREET 1, Singapore 469662

5) Jurong Lake Gardens Gym
30 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618664

6) Jurong Lake Gardens Pool
30 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618664

7) Jurong West ActiveSG Gym
20 Jurong West Street 93, Singapore 648965

8) Jurong West Swimming Complex
20 Jurong West Street 93, Singapore 648965

9) Pasir Ris Swimming Complex
120 Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 519640

10) Sengkang Swimming Complex
57 Anchorvale Road, Singapore 544964

11) Tampines Swimming Complex
1, OUR TAMPINES HUB, TAMPINES WALK, Singapore 528523

12) Toa Payoh ActiveSG Gym
301 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319392



[SDSC Advisory] DORSCON Level Changes to Orange and Impact on SDSC’s Activities

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7 February 2020

Dear NDSAs, Sports Teams,

DORSCON 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 in place.

Precautionary Measures

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.

Yours sincerely,

SDSC

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[SDSC Advisory] Postponement and Cancellation of Sports Events

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7 February 2020

Dear Partner Organisations, Schools,

Postponement 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:

Event/ActivityOriginal Date of EventStatus
Singapore Para Cycling Championships 2020Saturday, 15 February 2020Postponed until further notice
Haw Par National Junior & Youth Athletics Championships 2020Friday, 13 March 2020Postponed until further notice
Haw Par National Youth Swimming Championships 2020Friday, 27 March 2020Postponed until further notice
Learn-to-Shoot 20201, 8, 15, 22, 29 March & 5, 12, 19 April 2020Postponed until further notice
World Para Swimming World Series Singapore 2020Friday-Sunday, 1-3 May 2020Cancelled


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.

Yours sincerely,

SDSC

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[SDSC Advisory] SDSC Advisory To Members on Response to Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia in Wuhan and Hubei province

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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.

General Advice

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:

  1. Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
  3. Observe good personal hygiene;
  4. 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);
  5. Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
  6. Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
  7. 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.

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Singapore Earns Rights to Host Micron Singapore World Para Bowling Tour Series for Second Consecutive Year

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Details of Singapore Sports School Para Games

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


About Singapore Disability Sports Council

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

 

About Singapore Sports School

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Results:

Medal List for Pair BC3

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

 

Medal List for Pair BC4

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

 

Medal List for Team BC1/2

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

 

 

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

 

 

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

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

 

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


About Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

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

More information at www.sdsc.org.sg

 

About Tiger Balm

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

Contact

Stefanie Pitchian

Corporate Communications Executive

M: 81574165

Email: stefanie.pitchian@sdsc.org.sg


About Para Cycling Federation of Singapore

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

 

 

About Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

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