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Youths double for finisher event at para athletics meet, with youngest being 5 years old

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To encourage early intervention through physical activity and help young persons with disabilities enjoy participation in sports, the Singapore Disability Sports Council added a Finisher event to its annual national para athletics youth championships in 2018. The event has seen an encouraging increase in its second year, from 30 participants in 2018 to 61 in 2019.

The Haw Par National Athletics Youth Championships 2019, held at Kallang Practice Track today, welcomed 138 participants across 23 events offered in track and field disciplines. Amongst them was 5-year-old Ruri Fuchu, a student of iC2 Prephouse, a life skills preparatory centre for children with low vision. Ruri, who has Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, debuted in the 60m competitive race and 100m non-competitive finisher event.

Mrs Yuko Fuchu, mother of Ruri, was present at the championships to cheer her on. Ending the day with Ruri’s first athletics achievements, Mrs Fuchu shared, “Competition like this gives my kid the opportunity to keep fit and meet others.”

2019 marked the first time that the national championships lowered its age limit from 7 to 5 years. Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director of SDSC, said, “We have observed the growth and impact of early intervention centers. Since we organise the national youth championships annually, we decided to maximise our resources to provide an opportunity for younger children with disabilities to gain their first thrills in physical activity and unlock new milestones. This will complement the intervention programmes to emphasise the multi-faceted benefits of sports.”

Gracing the event were Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief of Singapore Sports Institute, and Mr Tarn Sien Hao, Group General Manager of Haw Par Corporation Limited. 40 employees from Haw Par Corporation Limited also took time off work to turn up in strength to cheer the young participants on.

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10 award winners honoured at the Singapore Disability Sports Awards 2019

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Nine individuals and one community group were awarded at the Singapore Disability Sports Awards 2019, which was held on 6 August evening at the Carlton Hotel.

Excitement was palpable at the event, which many athletes and officials had looked forward to for a long time. The last Sports Awards had been held more than a decade ago in 2008. Since then, SDSC had only given out a set of Outstanding and Meritorious Achievement awards in 2014, as part of its 40th anniversary.

The 2019 Awards saw a mix of familiar and new faces stepping up to the stage. Paralympian Yip Pin Xiu, 27, who last won the Sportsgirl of the Year in 2008 when she was 16 years old, scooped up the Sportswoman of the Year award, while her pool junior, Straits Times Athlete of the Year 2018 nominee and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, Toh Wei Soong, 21, celebrated his first Sports Award – Sportsboy of the Year.

Athletics was another big winner for the night, apart from Swimming. Sportsgirl of the Year went to 21-year-old sprinter Maisarah Binte Mohamed Hassan, who won two silvers at the quadrennial Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) World Games in 2018. Sportsman of the Year went to field athlete Muhammad Diroy Bin Noordin.

Jovin Tan, Paralympian sailor who won Sportman of the Year in 2007, was nominated for Coach (Developmental) this time. Tan, however, lost out on the award to Hansen Bay, Goalball coach who was also nominated for the Community Impact (Events and Initiatives) category for his work behind Goalball (Singapore), a society that seeks to promote the sport of goalball as an inclusive activity.

This was the first time the Coach of the Year award was split into two categories – Coach (High Performance) and Coach (Developmental). Alex Ang, who coached Toh Wei Soong and was a protégé of swimming legend and coach Ang Peng Siong, followed his mentor’s footsteps to win the Coach (High Performance) award. Coach Ang Peng Siong had won Coach of the Year in 2006.

The Community Impact (Events and Initiatives) award eventually went to Amputee Support Group, which was started by patients and physiotherapists of Tan Tock Seng Hospital, for their efforts in using sports as a form of rehabilitative therapy for amputees. The healthcare industry also scored another victory, with the award of Community Impact (Volunteering) going to psychologist Wendy Choh.

Choh had spent the past 15 years volunteering as a national classifier specializing in intellectual impairment, and sharing her expertise with the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairment to support its global classification needs. Classification is a process of categorising persons with disabilities using medical and field assessments to ensure that they are competing with others of similar functionalities for fairness.

Team of the Year went to a Boccia team comprising athletes Toh Sze Ning, Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohammad Taha, and Faye Lim, and their competition partners Chew Zi Qun, Nur Azizah Bte Ahmad Rumzi, and Lim Boon Ghee. The team had earned a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Para Games. Faye Lim’s entire family was present to celebrate the win with her, including her mother, younger brother, and father Lim Boon Ghee who trained with her as her competition partner. Boccia is a sport designed for persons with severe physical disabilities.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Taufik Abdullah, who received the posthumous award on behalf of his father, Frankie Thanapal Sinniah, BBM, PBM. Frankie was one of the first two athletes with disabilities who represented Singapore and won an international sports event in 1975. Thereafter, he spent a large part of his life advocating equality for persons with disabilities in sports, including heading SDSC as its President and major game missions as Chef de Mission (CDM). He was the CDM for Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, where Yip Pin Xiu and Laurentia Tan won the Republic’s first Paralympic medals. Frankie continued to volunteer for SDSC till the day he passed away in 2012. He was then the Secretary General of the Singapore National Paralympic Council.

The event, organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), was presented by Haw Par Corporation as part of its 2019 corporate social responsibility initiative. At the event, Mr A.K. Han, Executive Director of Haw Par Corporation, handed a cheque of $120,000 to Mr Kevin Wong, President of SDSC.

Besides the Awards, the donation will support Boccia trainings and competitions, and a Sports Bursary programme to help persons with disabilities from low-income backgrounds to pursue sports. Haw Par had started the Bursary programme in 2018. 

“As a sponsor of SDSC since 2015, we have witnessed the resilience and spirit of the athletes and the dedication of the community of coaches, caregivers and volunteers behind them. They are an inspiration to our society. We are pleased to sponsor the Singapore Disability Sports Awards that accord to them the recognition they deserve,” commented Wee Ee Lim, CEO of Haw Par Corporation Limited.

At the event, the SDSC also promised the crowd that it would continue to hold the Awards annually from 2019. Mr Kevin Wong shared, “Besides supporting a steadily growing disability sports landscape in Singapore, the Awards will be a reminder that neither such recognition nor inclusion should be an afterthought. The SDSC also hopes that more National Sports Associations (NSAs) will start to develop para disciplines in the future and join in the celebration.”

Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director of SDSC, shared, “The Awards have always been something that athletes look forward to. There is a deep level of respect for the Awards because it provides them some form of equal recognition of their identity as athletes, and not persons with disabilities. They are actually very competitive about this. At the end of the day, it’s a celebration of everyone’s hard work. We are thus very thankful to Haw Par Corporation for supporting us to bring the Awards back, and developing new awards for coaches, sports assistants, volunteers and organisations.”

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The Republic of Korea tops the medal tally at the Micron Singapore World Para Bowling Tour Series 2019

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The final day of the competition saw to Singapore clinching 3 medals in the All Events – 2 Silver and 1 Bronze by Thomas Nathan Chan (TPB 1), Mohamed Ismail Bin Hussian (TPB 3) and Diane Neo Pei Lin (TPB 4) respectively. This brings Singapore to 4th place on the medal tally with 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze. Topping the charts is Republic of Korea who finished with 11 Gold, 7 Silver and 1 Bronze ahead of the other 9 countries.

The World Para Bowling Tour Series will continue on to Thailand (16-22 September 2019) and Philippines (10-15 November 2019)

Singapore achieves two more medals at the Micron Singapore World Para Bowling World Series

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Mohammad Ismail Bin Hussain (SGP) and his partner Thomas Nathan Chan (SGP) came in second in the doubles TPB1 + TPB2/TPB3 (Mixed) event with a score of 1908 behind Malaysians Mohd Rizal Hassan and Muhd Hairul Miran who scored 2263. Japanese Chiemi Inoue and Toshio Ozaki trailed in with a score of 1793 to secure third placing.

Adding to the Singapore’s medal tally, Nixon Fan and Muhd Farhan placed third in the doubles TPB4 + TPB4 with a score of 2287. Initially leading the pack for the first 5 games but their competitors picked up pace in the last game and came ahead of the Singaporeans.

Singapore stands third in the medal tally with 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze.

The competition will end tomorrow with the Trios events.

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Mohammad Ismail Bin Hussian secures another medal for Singapore

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Long-time rivals meet again at the Micron Singapore World Para Bowling. Mohammad Ismail (SGP) and Mohd Rizal Hassan (MAS) competed in the Singles TPB3 event and it was a see-saw of results throughout the 6 games. Mohd Rizal emerged with the top score of 1215 whilst Mohamed Ismail scored 1170, securing a silver ahead of Cheung Hoi Tung (HKG) with a score of 1134.

Ismail shares his views on how he competes, “When I bowl I don’t really know where I stand, I just bowl until the last ball and not look too much into what my competitors are scoring. I feel that there are more ways to improve and I hope to excel in the doubles event with my partner tomorrow.”

Doubles event commenced today and will continue on till tomorrow.

The TPB9 & TPB9 (Mixed) event saw to Low Chang Hong scoring the highest games score of 289 for that event, partnering with Surjeet Singh from India in that event. Placing eighth, Low is determined to excel his scores for the all-events category at the end of the tournament.

The competition will continue till 27 July 2019.

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Singapore rolls off with 2 Gold and 1 Silver on day 1 of the Micron Singapore World Para Bowling Tour Series

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The Micron Singapore World Para Bowling Tour Series 2019 starts today as over 100 athletes from ten countries – Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Singapore -gather to pit their bowling skills against one another.
Setting the tone for the start of the competition, Thomas Nathan Chan bagged a Gold in the Singles TPB1(Mixed) category with a score of 860 ahead of Muhammad Hirul Miran (MAS), a score of followed by Krisada Kietkongtawee (THA), with a score of 670.
Mirroring his compatriot, debutant Low Chang Hong topped the Singles TPB9 (Mixed) category with a score of 1265 and is followed closely by his competitors Abu Bakar Nyat (MAS), with a score of 1199 and Lin Yen-Shuan (TPE), with a score of 1196.
Low shares “Today’s success would not have been possible if I had not worked towards pursuing my dream of representing the nation. My mantra in bowling is ‘Don’t just dream, Live it’ and I guess it worked out great today. It was overwhelming but I am glad I got through my first day of competition with a commendable placing.”
Asian Para Games Silver medallist, Diane Neo, squeezed her way into second place in the Woman’s TPB4 Singles category with a score of 920, just 3 points ahead of Nur Syazwani Marais (MAS), a score of 917 and behind Elsa Maris who is the 2018 Asian Para Games Gold medallist.
The competition will continue till 27 July 2019.
This Micron Singapore World Para Bowling Tour Series 2019 was made possible by Micron Singapore, which had made a pledge of $100,000 to the Singapore Disability Sports Council’s (SDSC) “Live the Dream” programme to promote para sports among persons with disabilities. In addition, more than 200 Micron employees will be supporting the event as team liaison officers and lane marshals.
“Micron Singapore is privileged to be supporting the World Para Bowling Tour Series for the second year running.  We are delighted that the platform is gaining traction with twice the number of athletes participating this year.  I am also heartened that we have 45% more volunteers compared to 2018, and we are looking forward to engaging the athletes in the exciting few days ahead,” said Mr Chen Kok Sing, Micron Vice President and Singapore Country Manager.
In conjunction with the competition, SDSC is also conducting learning journeys for schools and organisations. These complimentary learning journeys aim to expose the public to disability sports by giving them the opportunity to participate in blindfold and seated bowling. Participants will also interact with the para bowlers at the event.

Micron Singapore World Para Bowling Tour Series sees huge growth: Participants more than double from previous year

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About 120 para bowlers from ten countries – Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore – have been confirmed to participate in the upcoming Micron Singapore World Para Bowling Tour Series 2019. This is a significant increase from 56 athletes at the 2018 inaugural edition.

Besides the growth in contenders, the battleground seems all set to get fiercer with a number of Asian Para Games 2018 gold medalists joining the action. These include Lee Chia-Chieh (TPB8) from Chinese Taipei, Shin Baek Ho (TPB8) from the Republic of Korea, Abu Bakar Nyat (TPB9) from Malaysia, Kin Ian Tan Chi (TPB10) from Philippines, and Elsa Maris (TPB4) from Indonesia.

About 13 bowlers from Singapore will be competing, including Diane Neo (TPB4), Asian Para Games 2018 silver medalist. “I hope to get another medal to bring pride to Singapore and my parents, who are my best supporters,” shared Diane.

Two local para bowlers will be making their debut at the World Series next week – 21-year-old Siti Nurhamizah Bte Hamzah (TPB4), a teacher’s assistant at the School of Concepts and 47-year-old Low Chang Hong (TPB9), a Mathematics lecturer at Eunoia Junior College. Both have been selected to represent Singapore at the 2020 Asean Para Games, to be held in January.

“We expected a higher number of participants but the response has taken us by surprise. This goes to show the growing popularity and standards in para bowling, and we are proud that Singapore has been able to play a pioneering role in this landscape, with the support of Micron Foundation. Being able to host this tournament has also given us a privilege to help more local para bowlers gain invaluable competition exposure which would not otherwise be possible,” said Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director, SDSC.

The event, to be held from 24 to 27 July 2019, will offer Singles, Doubles, Trios and Masters titles. Teams will start to arrive on 22 July for training and classification.

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Team Singapore finishes final day of the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series with two more medals

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Backed by a strong home crowd, Team Singapore swimmers Toh Wei Soong and Yip Pin Xiu made their last attempts for podium finishes on this final evening of the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series in the Men’s 50m Butterfly and Women’s 50m Backstroke events respectively. Their efforts paid off with two silvers medals, bringing the Republic’s total medal haul to three from the three-day international competition.

Toh placed second with 896 points, behind Wang Jingang’s (CHN) 988 points and 55 points ahead of Russia’s Andrei Granichka. Toh’s timing of 32.40s also marked a new personal best for the 20-year-old.

Fellow compatriot Yip Pin Xiu managed to edge ahead of 20-time Paralympic medallist Mayumi Narita (JPN) with a score of 859 points, but eventually lost to Turkey’s Sumeyye Boyaci, who also won the gold medal for the same event at the Indianapolis World Para Swimming World Series last month.

The Singapore edition of the World Series closed with a total of 12 records broken over the three-day competitions, including four World Records, five Asian Records, two Oceania Records and one Pan-American Record. Three of the world records were broken by Sophie Pascoe (NZL), including an 11-year-old record that had been held by Natalie Du Toit (RSA), who was well known as a Paralympian who qualified for the Olympic Games.

Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was present at the event on the final day to cheer the swimmers on. She shared, “Singapore is honoured to be the first Asian country to host the World Para Swimming World Series. This is a milestone for sporting Singapore, and a valuable opportunity for our Team Singapore athletes to compete against the best para-swimmers from around the world. I hope this will also inspire more Singaporeans with disabilities to come forward and live better through sport.”

The World Series will continue with two more legs in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, between 30 May-2 June, and Berlin, Germany, from 6-9 June.

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Final day of Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series set to wrap up with intense races and stellar finishes

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This morning heats saw Team Singapore swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Toh Wei Soong entering the finals of the third and last day of Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series, which also marks the last two chances for Singapore to raise its medal haul.

Yip placed fourth in the Women’s 50m Backstroke heats with 804 points while Toh secured a place for the Men’s 50m Butterfly after coming in second in the heats with 857 points. It, however, looks set to be an intense evening, as the two would be facing some tough competition in their events.

Yip will be facing top contenders like Mayumi Narita (JPN), a 20-time Paralympic medallist (of which 15 were gold medals), and Sumeyye Boyaci (TUR), who just won the gold medal in the same event last month at the World Para Series held in Indianapolis, USA.

Toh will go up against Wang Jingang (CHN), bronze medallist for the 50m Butterfly S7 category at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, and Jamery Siga (MAS), two-time Asian Para Games 50m Butterfly S5 bronze medallist.

Spectators would likely also look forward to see if Sophie Pascoe (NZL) can continue a streak to break a third World Record tonight. Pascoe clocked 2:30.55 this morning in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley heats, setting a new Oceania record. She scored 1016 points, after comparing her time to the Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM9 world record – a timing of 2:27.83 that was set by Natalie Du Toit (RSA) during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Spectators got a taste of the intensifying atmosphere at the Series this morning when Chang Wei-Chieh (TPE) and Lee Zy Kher (MAS) were called up for a swim-off, to decide the last qualification for the Men’s Butterfly finals. The first swim-off ended with another tie, bringing the two swimmers back to the pool – without a chance to warm down – for a second swim-off. Both clocked faster timings in the second swim-off and eventually, Chang managed to advance into the finals, two points ahead of Lee.

The third and last finals of the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series will take place this evening at 5.30pm. Viewers can catch the action live on Toggle.

Philippines and Vietnam obtain first medals while Pascoe sets second World Record

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Sophie Pascoe (NZL) broke her second World Record in the Women’s 50m Freestyle, to loud cheers by the crowd at OCBC Aquatic Centre this evening. The six-time Paralympian finished first place with a time of 27.69s (1041 points), against the previous World Record timing of 28.14s, which Sophie herself had held.

Her win brought the third gold to Team New Zealand today. Adding another two golds today, Russia currently holds the most gold medals amongst 26 countries taking part in the World Series – a total of four – while Team Japan holds the highest number of medals – a total of 10 – with 5 medals in Day 1 and 5 in Day 2.

Philippines and Vietnam joined the list of medalling nations today, with Ernie Gawilan (PHI) taking the silver in the Men’s 400m Freestyle with 938 points – 7 points ahead of Russia’s Andrei Granichka – and Van Hiep Ha (VIE) clinching the bronze in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke.

Team Singapore’s Danielle Moi was in good form for the finals, shaving about 10 seconds off her Personal Best in the Women’s 400m Freestyle with a timing of 5:27.71. She finished 7th in the race at 515 points.

Tomorrow will be the third and last day of the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series.

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