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More than 70 youths celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities through Art – Painting a brighter future with the I’mPOSSIBLE Art Competition

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4 December 2019, Singapore –  More than 70 youths participated in an I’mPOSSIBLE Art Competition, organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) and supported by Haw Par Corporation and Agitos Foundation, a development arm of the International Paralympic Committee. Singapore was one of nine countries who organised the inaugural I’mPOSSIBLE Art Competition in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) which falls on 3 December.

A group of participants, including six winners of the competition, gathered at NEX Mall’s Swensen’s for a lunch party on 30 November 2019. The party featured a magic show, face painting and a meet-and-greet with Paralympian Theresa Goh, who was the guest of honour for the event. Goh was “heartened that the young children displayed a depth of understanding towards the Paralympics.”

The I’mPOSSIBLE Art Competition, which ran from 26 October to 17 November, invited children aged five to 10 to create a 2-D artwork about their favourite para-sport or para-athlete. The 75 submissions were accompanied by a short paragraph stating reasons for the choice of sport or athlete.

“Thank you for the prize. I love sports and I learned about the Paralympic Games,” said Zayn Shaheed, who received a gold medal in the art competition.

The party marked another milestone with the I’mPOSSIBLE education programme celebrating its second anniversary globally. The I’mPOSSIBLE education programme is aimed at challenging and changing the perceptions of how young people perceive people with an impairment. Entering its third year in Singapore, the programme has trained more than 200 local educators through I’mPOSSIBLE teacher training workshops since 2018.

“The I’mPOSSIBLE programme has provided educators in Singapore with tools to spread the Paralympic values. With the I’mPOSSIBLE art competition, we have heard positive feedback from parents and educators alike, and we hope all participants have gained key learnings from this experience.” said Kelly Fan, Executive Director, SDSC.

Selected submissions will be displayed at upcoming I’mPOSSIBLE teacher training workshops and on SDSC’s social media channels. The next run of the I’mPOSSIBLE teacher training workshops will take place in March 2020. Educators are encouraged to register their interest with SDSC.

Para Swimmer Toh Wei Soong Encourages Educators to Play Instrumental Role in Pursuit of Sporting Excellence

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Borneo Motors (Singapore) and Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) held a Sports Talent Pathway Workshop to equip educators and staff of social service organisations with knowledge and tools to aid para athletes in their pursuit of high performance sports.

Amongst the topics discussed include the various impairments and classification procedures, disability sports and the local and international competition landscape, while toolkits that educators can rely on to lead projects in their schools or organisations were also provided.

Aspiring Paralympic swimmer and Toyota ’Start Your Impossible’ (SYI) Hero athlete Toh Wei Soong, gave the closing speech to more than 45 event attendees. Wei Soong’s own swimming journey was ignited when his teacher at Anglo Chinese School (I), Mr Chan Chee Wei, invited him to represent the school at a swimming meet. As part of its ongoing pursuit of “Mobility for All”, Toyota believes that the freedom of being mobile is at the heart of being able to participate in society. The automaker is the first ever mobility partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

Sharing his thoughts about the initiative, Wei Soong said, “My journey is made possible only through the support of many parties, including my teacher who believed in me from the start. I want to continue to spread hope and I applaud educators for all that they do. I encourage them to continue helping students with disabilities to open doors, create opportunities and to chase their dreams.”

Here in Singapore, Toyota, along with its official distributor Borneo Motors (Singapore), has partnered with celebrated athletes Toh Wei Soong and Joseph Schooling to champion their hero projects of ‘Equality of Opportunity’ and ‘Road Safety’ respectively. Wei Soong has since been working with SDSC on their ongoing school outreach programmes. Wei Soong was also part of the first ever Para Swimming Dialogue on 5 October, where he spoke to aspiring para athletes and members of the disability sports fraternity about his journey thus far.

At today’s Sports Talent Pathway Workshop, the Borneo Motors (Singapore) Human Resources team also shared about the company’s inclusive employment practices, along with how sports equips one with transferrable skills such as resilience, pursuit of excellence and strong interpersonal skills.

Mr Samuel Yong, Director of Marketing and Business Strategy at Borneo Motors (Singapore) said, “At Borneo Motors (Singapore), we are called to live out the ‘Start Your Impossible’ spirit. As an inclusive workplace, we are responsible for creating an environment for success for all employees. We are proud to support Wei Soong and our partner, SDSC, as they touch lives and work towards a better world for everyone.”

The SYI initiative is inspired by Toyota’s worldwide partnership with the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, and it marks the automaker’s ongoing commitment to transform into a mobility company. The initiative supports the creation of a more inclusive, sustainable and mobile society in which everyone can challenge their impossible.

Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director of SDSC, said, “Educators are uniquely placed to play an important role in shaping the landscape of disability sports in Singapore, and this comes to light based on Wei Soong’s testimony.” “Sport is truly for everyone, regardless of impairment. Through SYI, we have reached out to the wider community to spread awareness and educate, creating the foundation to inculcate sport as a major pillar of our society.”

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Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards returns for second consecutive year in boost for local para athletes

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The second edition of the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), was held today at the National Youth Sports Institute Satellite @ Kallang. 31 deserving para athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds received awards to continue to pursue sports excellence.

Amongst the 31 para athletes who received the award this year, 11 will be participating in the upcoming ASEAN Para Games 2020 in January in the Philippines. One of them is multiple ASEAN Para Games medallist and table-tennis player Eric Ting, a return applicant for the awards.

“The Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards has been important in defraying cost of training and competitions, helping me to continue playing the sport that I love. I can’t wait to represent Singapore at the ASEAN Para Games and will work hard to bring glory to Singapore,” said Eric Ting.

The award ceremony was attended by Guest of Honour, Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, and Mr Tarn Sien Hao, Group General Manager, Haw Par Corporation Limited.

This year’s Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards saw an increase in the number of award winners (29 to 31) when compared to the inaugural awards held last year. The total award quantum for the awards also saw an increase of $200 to $42,800, bringing Haw Par’s support over two years to a total of $85,400. Award winners received between $900 and $1,800. The financial support provided will assist Singapore’s para athletes to strive to achieve more in their sport. Factors such as occupation, household income, support needs, current performance and reasons for application were taken into account by the selection committee.

Haw Par Corporation Limited has been one of SDSC’s key sponsors since 2015. The kind funding support from Haw Par has empowered SDSC to carry out various programmes and initiatives that have helped to shape the vibrant disability sports scene we have today in Singapore.

“Our para athletes continually demonstrate qualities such as resilience, strength, and courage through their rigorous training and competitions. Such values resonate strongly with all of us at Haw Par. By sponsoring the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards, we want to encourage more persons with disabilities to take up para sports.” said Mr Wee Ee Lim, President & CEO, Haw Par Corporation Limited.

SDSC hopes more organisations can follow in Haw Par’s footsteps to show support to Singapore’s para athletes. Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director of Singapore Disability Sports Council, “Pursuing sports is often an afterthought for many persons with disabilities (PWDs), given that finances are allocated to other areas of life. The Haw Par Para Sports Bursary is a call for PWDs, regardless of financial background, to dare to dream. We are thankful to Haw Par for many years of stellar support and are hopeful that more corporations can help play an instrumental role to lay the foundation to change lives through sports.”

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Celebrated Singaporean Para Swimmer Toh Wei Soong Opens Up About His Journey In Para Sports

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Borneo Motors (Singapore) held its first Para Swimming Dialogue at the Athlete Services Centretogether with Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) earlier today, in a joint effort to bring to light the potential opportunities that persons with disabilities (PWDs) can achieve through para sports.

Led by aspiring Paralympic swimmer and Toyota ’Start Your Impossible’ (SYI) Hero athlete Toh Wei Soong, alongside fellow para swimmer Wong Zhi Wei and Ferin Fu, parent of para swimmer Nicole Fu, the session saw an exchange with 20 aspiring para swimmers. Wei Soong and Zhi Wei shared at length about their respective swimming journeys while Ferin provided a parent’s perspective on providing familial support to a child involved in para sports.

As part of its ongoing pursuit of “Mobility for All”, Toyota believes that the freedom of being mobile is at the heart of being able to participate in society. The automaker is the first ever mobility partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

Sharing his thoughts about the initiative, Wei Soong said, “I’ve always wanted to inspire youth with impairments to pick up sports and chase their dreams. I am thankful to work closely with Toyota and the Singapore Disability Sports Council to be given a platform to engage youth. Together with the rest of the para sports community, I am certain that we will see the next generation of para athletes rise up and chase their dreams”.

Here in Singapore, Toyota, along with its official distributor Borneo Motors (Singapore), has partnered with celebrated athletes Toh Wei Soong and Joseph Schooling to champion their hero projects of ‘Equality of Opportunity’ and ‘Road Safety’ respectively. Wei Soong has since been working with SDSC on their ongoing school outreach programmes.

Mr Samuel Yong, Director of Marketing and Business Strategy at Borneo Motors (Singapore) said, “At Borneo Motors Singapore, we view equality amongst individuals as a human need, and we’re humbled to be championing a meaningful cause. Heroes like Wei Soong are wonderful role models to young people. We see him living out the ‘Start Your Impossible’ spirit in his everyday work. We’re grateful to be supporting him and our partners at SDSC as they continue to inspire the lives of many.”

The SYI initiative is inspired by Toyota’s worldwide partnership with the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, and it marks the automaker’s ongoing commitment to transform into a mobility company. The initiative supports the creation of a more inclusive, sustainable and mobile society in which everyone can challenge their impossible.

Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director of SDSC, said, “Sport has the power to change lives and we want to provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to experience sport. Wei Soong is one of our many shining trailblazers and we hope that the community can provide a supportive, conducive environment for inspirational figures to step up.” On what the partnership means, she added, “Through SYI, we hope to bring further awareness and recognition of Paralympic sports in the local sporting scene, and of course, ignite a greater passion for sports amongst Singaporeans with disabilities.”

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More swimmers make a splash at the annual Haw Par National Youth Swimming Championships

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  • The only national swimming championship that caters to youth across different impairments – intellectually impaired, deaf and hard-of-hearing, physically impaired, visually impaired, autism and down syndrome
  • More youths with disability taking part (87 in 2018 to 89 in 2019)

Singapore, 27 September 2019 – 89 youths from 20 different schools and organisations took to the pool for the Haw Par National Youth Swimming Championships 2019, marking the second consecutive year that the number of participants has risen.

Providing the foundation for young swimmers to experience competitive sport, the Haw Par National Youth Para Swimming Championship is the only national swimming championship that caters to youth across different impairments – intellectually impaired, deaf and hard-of-hearing, physically impaired, visually impaired, autism and down syndrome.

This is the third year that Haw Par Corporation Limited is adopting the event as title sponsor, previously known as the National Special Schools Swimming Championships before the championships were renamed in 2017.

The Cerepral Palsy Alliance Singapore saw 5 of students participating this year, winning a total of 10 medals for their school.

“I think it’s a very good opportunity for all my students. It’s wonderful that there are such inclusive events to enable them to feel a sense of pride in their own capabilities,” said Ms Debbie Chan, a teacher from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore.

ASEAN Para Games silver medallist (100m Freestyle S13) and bronze medallist (50m Freestyle S13) Wong Zhi Wei, representing Art Aquatics, won 6 gold medals, and is aiming for gold at the upcoming ASEAN Para Games in Philippines in 2020.

“I was able to hit near personal best times today and I think I achieved good timings. It is important to be consistent and continue training hard”, said, Zhi Wei.

Gracing the event were Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and he was accompanied by Mr Chris Lee Kay Swee, Haw Par Company Secretary, Haw Par Corporation Limited. 40 employees from Haw Par Corporation turned up in full force to cheer the young participants on.

“Swimming is one of the most popular sports among our para athletes and we’ve seen many go on to represent Singapore at regional competitions and major games. Competitions like the Haw Par National Youth Swimming Championships are important milestones for our young swimmers and we look forward to uncovering Singapore’s future champions,” said Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director, SDSC.

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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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Danielle Moi shaves off more than six seconds off her personal best

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Danielle Moi (S14) secures a place in the A finals of the Women’s 400m Freestyle with a time of 5:32.56 (469 points), after shaving off her personal best by 6.2 seconds and placing 8th in the heats. The finals will see to her competing with four-time Paralympian Jessica Long (S8) who came in 1st in the heats with a time of 4:54.04 (988 points).

Toh Wei Soong (S7) ramps up for day 2 by advancing to the A finals for the Men’s 400m Freestyle and Men’s 50m Freestyle.

Team Japan looks to be building a strong team in the build up towards Tokyo2020 Paralympic Games. Out of the 8 events today, Team Japan secures a place in 6 events for A Finals.

All eyes on Sophie Pascoe (S9) from New Zealand as she is close to breaking another record in the Women’s 50m Freestyle with 1019 points (28.24s) which was 10 seconds behind her own Oceanian Record set in February 2019 record at the Melbourne World Series.

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Toh wins Singapore’s First Medal – a Gold – at World Para Series on Home Ground

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After placing first in the Heats earlier this morning beating 71 other swimmers, Toh Wei Soong brought home the first medal – gold, nonetheless – for Singapore with a score of 944 points in the Men’s 100m Freestyle event, sending the home crowd into wild cheers, as Day 1 of the Singapore 2019 World Para Series came to a close.

It was a tight race with Uzbekistan’s Islam Aslanov close behind at 940 points and decorated Paralympian Cameron Leslie (NZL) at 923 points. On achieving the Republic’s first win, which also happened to be Toh’s first World Para Series medal, Toh shared, “I feel proud, not just for myself, my parents, my country but for all the swimmers and athletes who would come after me. They can use me as an example – if he can do it, why can’t I?”

The Singapore spirit was at an all-time high as home supporters cheered for the athletes in the finals. Local athletes did not disappoint either as they strived to do their best in front of the home crowd. Despite qualifying for only the B finals for Women’s 100m Breaststroke and Women’s 100m Butterfly, Sophie Soon continued to set new personal bests in both events.

Competition was undoubtedly intense with elite para swimmers scrubbing 2 new world and 4 regional records in a span of two hours. After breaking the American Record for Women’s 100m Butterfly S9 in the morning heats with a time of 1:08:78, Elizabeth Smith broke the American Record again in the finals with a time of 1:08:54.  Yui Lam Chan (HKG) also broke the Asian Record that she set in Melbourne World Para Series earlier this year (1:07:26)  with a new time of 1:07:24. Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafl (MAS) scrubbed Vo Thanh Tung’s Asian Record set at the Asian Para Games 2018 (1:17:02)  with a new time of 1:16:27.

Petite-looking Liu Daomin (CHN) showed that she definitely could pack a punch when she broke the World Record (1:33:63) set by Maisie Summers-Newton (GBR) in 2018, with a timing of 1:33:36 in Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6 .

Retaining her form from the morning heats, Sophie Pascoe (NZL) not only broke a 2015 Oceania Record in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S9 event with a timing of 1:08:31, but also a World Record in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S9 with the timing of 1:00:36. She took home a total of 2 gold medals from four Women’s events in Day 1.

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Rousing start to Day 1 Heats at World Para Swimming World Series as competitors break regional records and set new personal bests

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As expected of their journeys towards the World Championships in September, elite para swimmers thrilled the crowd at the OCBC Aquatic Centre this morning, as they broke 2 regional records and achieved performances close to breaking world records during the first heats of the Series.

Liu Daomin (CHN) took over the Asian Record for Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6 with the result of 1:36.05 (980 points), shaving more than 9 secs from previous record holder’s, Chen Shuling (CHN), timing of 1:45.59. Americas Record holder for Women’s 100m Butterfly S9, Elizabeth Smith (USA) surpassed her previous Personal Best and set a new Americas Record when she finished with a timing of 1:08.78 (925 points).

Another prominent swimmer, New Zealand’s most bemedalled Paralympian Sophie Pascoe (NZD) also lived up to the crowd’s expectations when she placed first in the Women’s 100m Backstroke and the Women’s 100m Freestyle with 1026 points (1:09:67) and 1005 points (1:02:13) respectively. Pascoe was the only swimmer who obtained *more than 1000 points during the heats.

Team Singapore put up a good fight, with three swimmers advancing to the A finals this afternoon and 10 new Personal Bests. Danielle Moi (SB14/S14) advanced to the A Finals for Women’s 100m Butterfly and Women’s 100m Freestyle with the results of 794 points (1:13:91) and 755 points (1:08:16) respectively. Yip Pin Xiu (S2) advanced to the Women’s 100m Backstroke A Finals with the result of 796 Points (2:20.25). Refreshing his personal best with a timing of 1:03:13, Toh Wei Soong advanced to the Men’s 100m Freestyle Finals A with 957 points, a result that placed him first out of 72 swimmers for the event.

*Pascoe did not break any World Records, although she achieved more than 1000 points in the events.

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Mobility Partner for World Para Swimming World Series goes beyond mobilizing people and logistics to community

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Over 700 youth and children to gain exclusive insights into the world of para swimming

The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) kickstarted school learning journeys for the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series on 7 May 2019. Held across 5 days, the learning journeys will welcome a total of over 700 students to the inner operations of the World Series as the SDSC gears up for the world-level competition that will be taking place from 10 to 12 May.

The learning journeys are supported by Toyota Motor Asia Pacific as part of its “Start Your Impossible” global corporate initiative to evoke positive social change for an inclusive, sustainable and mobile society. The newly announced Mobility Partner for the Singapore World Series has, besides providing cars to help smoothen critical personnel and logistic flow, activated its employees as volunteers at the World Series to help the SDSC deliver an impactful event for the participating teams and the greater community.

The first day of the learning journeys welcomed over 50 students from Radin Mas Primary School and Bukit Panjang Government High to the World Series at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. Students were introduced to operations such as classification, anti-doping and technical officiating, and got a glimpse of competitors from all the world in training. They also participated in activities to help them understand disability sport classes and the multi-class point system used at the World Para Series.

Ms Kenix Loh, a Toyota volunteer who is one of the journey educators, said,  “It was very heartening to interact with the students and feel their enthusiasm in learning more about the world of competitive para swimming. Even for myself, it was truly an eye-opening experience and I hope to take this knowledge and share them with my colleagues back in the office.”

On its role as a Mobility Partner, Ms Kaye Lim, General Manager of Public Affairs at Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, shared that “Toyota is honoured for the opportunity to support the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series in such a meaningful manner. At Toyota, we believe that true mobility goes beyond cars – it is about the freedom to move, overcoming challenges and making dreams come true. The para swimmers’ determination and drive to face challenges and chase their dreams is truly inspirational; we want to bring this spirit to all Toyota team members as well as inspire the youths of Singapore through our participation in the learning journeys.”

The learning journeys have received positive feedback from teachers and students, as they gained rare insights into not only a high-level competition setting, but into the world of para swimming.

Ms Thai Yu from Radin Mas Primary School shared, “It was a truly rewarding experience for the eight year olds. They were able to see first-hand what’s it like to strive hard to compete and to contribute to the nation even with impairment! The students were totally engaged during the learning journey with the experienced trainers from SDSC. They were also excited to bring back what they had learned to their project work.”

Preetika Riona, primary 2 student from Radin Mas Primary School said  “I had fun. It doesn’t matter if you have no arms or legs. It’s about doing your best”

The learning journeys form an array of activities that are taking place before competition gets underway over the weekend. Simultaneously, the SDSC is hosting Technical Official Level 2 and 3 courses to upskill local swimming officials on para swimming rules, and an inaugural World Para Swimming Asian Development Camp for developmental level athletes and coaches to gain a step to high performance.

“It has been challenging for us to juggle the additional planning and preparations for the learning journeys, especially since it’s our and Singapore’s first time hosting an international para swimming competition. Nonetheless, besides a high standard of competition, we had identified education as an important outcome early on, to deliver societal value. The high level of interest from the schools is extremely encouraging, and we hope to continue this drive in future,” said Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director.

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Swimmers make a splash at the SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships

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The SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships saw 111 participants including athletes who would be competing at the upcoming Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series. This will be the 38th iteration of the annual swimming championships organised by Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC).

Guest-of-Honour Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Communications and Information attended the annual national para-swimming event for participants aged 7 years and above. Ms Sim said “I am happy to support the SPH Foundation National Inclusive Swimming Championships. By competing with confidence, the participants inspire us to face life’s challenges with optimism and perseverance. Some of the competitors here today will be representing our nation at next week’s Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series. I wish them the very best!”

15 athletes at this event will be competing at the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series. The local competition was the final race before competing at the international event. This was in a bid to ramp up their performance, familiarize themselves with the competition pool and to take this competition as a test event before the big day.

The championship not only help SDSC build a pool of competent and ready athletes across all disability and age groups, helping SDSC identify talented persons with disabilities (PWDs) for regional and international competitions such as the upcoming 10th ASEAN Para Games in Philippines next year, but are also are opportunities for athletes to gain competitive exposure before challenging the regional and international arenas.

National Swimmer Wong Zhi Wei said, ”it is always good to swim at the competition arena. The pool really gives me a gauge for the World Para Swimming World Series and I didn’t taper my training and for today’s event I achieved my personal best in 400 Freestyle (4:54.56) and 50m Butterfly (30.16s).”

Yip Pin Xiu who made her debut in the 4x50m Freestyle 20 points relay today shared, “Swimming is a really individual sport and one of the ways teamwork is present is when we do relays. Though half of us do not train together, I think it was still really enjoyable participating in the relay.”

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2019 Singapore World Para Swimming World Series attracts more than 170 swimmers, including more than 10 Paralympic medalists

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The 2019 Singapore World Para Swimming World Series, presented by Kenn Foundation, has confirmed an exciting lineup of about 173 athletes from 26 nations. The Series would be the first world-level para swimming competition held in Singapore, when it kicks off on 10 May 2019.

The World Series, which also debuts in Asia for the first time, has attracted Paralympic medalists, world record holders and other top athletes, making it a rare opportunity for the local crowd to catch these athletes in action. Spectators can expect to welcome four-time Paralympian Jessica Long (America), who has 13 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze Paralympic medals under her belt, and 3-time Paralympian, Sophie Pascoe (New Zealand), who similarly holds an impressive haul of 9 gold and 6 silver Paralympic medals.

One of the interesting races for which home crowd support would be key is the 50m Freestyle S1-S13 event, where Toh Wei Soong (Singapore) will be reuniting with rival Ernie Gawilan (Philippines), after their intense races during the Asian Para Games in October 2018. Toh finished the race in 29.01s, ahead of Gawilan at 31.93s.

Toh shared, “Ernie has been a well-known swimmer for several years, and he was there at the beginning of my career at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games. Having him as a competitor keeps me grounded as an athlete, and he needs me as much as I need him, because we help each other to improve by being there. I look forward to seeing him again.”

The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is hoping that more Singaporeans can come forward to watch the races taking place from 10 to 12 May at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. “Our athletes, with or without disabilities, need a strong home crowd behind them. However, it’s not easy to get people to come forward, especially if they don’t understand para sports. There are also other mainstream events competing for public attention on the same days, so we can only hope for the best – that the stands will be filled eventually,” shared Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director, SDSC.

Tickets can be reserved with the SDSC through email to corpcomm@sdsc.org.sg. Heats, which are free of charge, would take place from 9am, while finals, which are priced at $2 per ticket, would take place from 5.30pm. Social Service Organisations and Special Education institutions are entitled to free entry to both sessions. Team Singapore athletes would be swimming in all sessions.

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Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series powers on with Kenn Foundation stepping up as Presenting Sponsor

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Kenn Foundation, a local philanthropic organisation founded in 2018, is making history in Singapore with a six-figure sponsorship ($100,000) to help the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) host the Republic’s first international para swimming competition in May 2019.

During a press briefing at Singapore Sports Hub on 2 April, Mr Kenneth Kam, Chairman of Kenn Foundation, presenting sponsor for the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series, shared, “We are honoured to collaborate with SDSC in bringing this event to Singapore, showcasing our athletes as they do our nation proud on the world stage. It is uplifting and inspiring to imagine the impact this event will have on future para athletes, and indeed on all of us.”

The Singapore leg will not only mark a new milestone locally, but also that of para swimming globally, as it would be the first and only Asian edition of the World Series, which had been hosted by big boys such as the United States of America, Germany and Australia. As such, the event has received strong interest. As such, the event have received strong interest for more than 100 para swimmers around the world. Spectators can look forward to an exciting three-day competition from 10 to 12 May at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Team Singapore has also stepped up its preparations to get ready to face down its competitors. National Swimmer Toh Wei Soong shares “The Singapore 2019 WPS is a tremendous opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer, and we are looking very forward to putting on a good showing to raise public awareness of para swimming, as well as to prepare for other major games later this year. Being on homeground, we know there will be people watching, and hopefully they will be inspired to come down and support us, and leave with a new understanding of the commonalities between sportspeople. This vital spirit of sportsmanship can be found everywhere, able-bodied or para sports, and hence the excitement is the same and I hope everyone will enjoy themselves, both athletes and spectators.” A total of 15 swimmers will be representing the Republic at the World Series, the youngest being 15-year-old Colin Soon. This is Colin’s debut at an international competition, alongside six other debutants – Lim Kong Boon, Nicole Fu Ai Ling, Eugene Png, Darren Chan Wei Siang and Jazlene Tan.

Besides Team Singapore, other countries’ developing para swimmers, para swimming coaches and technical officials will be getting a boost at the local series, as Singapore is also the first to host the World Para Swimming Development Programme in Asia. This initiative is critical to improve the profiles and standards for para swimming in Asia, and is specially designed for teams who currently do not have the funds to attend international workshops, which are frequently held in the Europe region. A 3-day Coaching and Athlete Camp, and Technical Official Course will be held in conjunction with the World Series from 7 to 9 May, and benefit more than 20 international participants.

To rally the community behind Team Singapore and their international compatriots, host SDSC has undertaken costs to price the tickets affordably at $2 for the finals. Tickets to the heats are also offered free of charge.

“One of the key reasons for us to host this Series is to promote the understanding of disability sports and para athletes. Our para swimmers have been adding to this awareness with their achievements, so this is a rare opportunity for Singapore to witness their hard work up close,” shared Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director, SDSC. “Our hope is to fill the 3000-pax stands for all three days, and have everyone play a part in Team Singapore, as we root for our athletes on home ground and welcome the rest of the world.”

Team Singapore swimmers will also be doing their part to contribute to the support for disability sports. All 15 swimmers will be personalising a plush bear each, to be auctioned for SDSC’s programmes. To make an impact beyond their sponsorship for the Series, Kenn Foundation will be donating a limited-edition series of plush bears known as ‘Dress-up Teddy’ that will be part of a fundraising drive for SDSC in the lead up to the event. Spectators at the event can purchase a bear dressed in an outfit featuring the event logo as a momento for just $20.

Organisations, individuals and schools that are interested to purchase tickets or plush bears can contact SDSC through email to corpcomm@sdsc.org.sg.

Singapore would be the fifth leg of the World Para Swimming World Series. This year’s series will travel through a total of 7 countries.

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Longest-running disability sports championships in Singapore becomes part of National Stadium Open House

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Today marked the first time that the oldest disability sports championships in Singapore – the National Athletics Championship organised by Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) – entered the new National Stadium. The 47-year-old championship welcomed 108 participants across 37 events offered in track and field disciplines.

These included 22-year old spexScholar, Suhairi Suhani, and 62-year-old Dr William Tan Keng Meng, who represented Singapore in its first Paralympic mission in 1988. Suhairi leapt 5.72m in the Men’s T20 Long Jump and William clocked 18.88s and 1:05.76s in the Men’s T53 100m and 400m respectively.

Suhairi, whose talent was discovered 10 years ago also at SDSC’s National Athletics Championship, said, “I started competing at 12 years old, as a representative of my school then. I look forward to this local competition every year to brush up on my techniques. Today, I completed my events with sports science testing to see if my new techniques are working well for me. This will help me in my pursuit towards the 2020 ASEAN Para Games and the Paralympics.”

Another Paralympian, Norsilawati Bte Sa’at, also participated in this year’s championship. “We were smiling all the way through the race on the track,” shared Norsilawati with Mr Oon Jin Teik, CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Guest of Honour for the event, when she compared this first experience racing on the high-grade Mondo track in the National Stadium to her regular trainings at the Kallang Practice Track, “I told my fellow racer, see what I mean? It’s different!”

Besides offering a top-grade environment for high level athletes to capture their best performances, the National Athletics Championship 2019 welcomed new athletes who were making their first mark in Athletics. The championship marked another milestone, opening its first event for the II2 (Intellectual Impairment 2) category to enable individuals with both Down Syndrome and Intellectual Impairment to realise their potential through sports.

Jason Gan, a debutant from Mountbatten Vocational School took this opportunity to unearth a new passion for Athletics. Madam Tham Sin Hui, mother of Jason, said, “It was great to have a specialised classification. Being at the championship is an eye opener for all of us. It’s a good opportunity for Jason to know what competition is about and we will definitely sign him up again for next year’s championship.”

Jason Gan took home his first Athletics medal today with a time of 20.27s in the Men’s II2 100m event.

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Team SG finishes first World Series of 2019 with a silver from Yip Pin Xiu

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On the last day of the Melbourne 2019 World Para Swimming World Series, Team Singapore broke through days of challenging competition to claim a medal for the Republic, with Yip Pin Xiu’s score of 792 points in the 50m Backstroke Multi-class event. 
 
Four Team Singapore swimmers – Yip Pin Xiu, Theresa Goh, Toh Wei Soong and Sophie Soon – kicked off their 2019 season with the competition, held in Melbourne, Australia, from 15 to 17 February 2019. 
 
The 2019 World Para Swimming World Series is the largest to date, with Australia and Singapore added to this year’s calendar to give elite swimmers high level exposure across four continents. The Series uses a multi-class point system for results. Swimmers of different classes (or classification) swim the same event, and their timings are compared to their class’ world record for points. The higher the points, the closer a swimmer’s timing is to the world record. 
 
Yesterday, Yip came in 4th in the 100m Backstroke event, after Australia’s Ellie Cole and Katja Dedekind as well as France’s Anaelle Roulet. She recovered her spirit today at her pet event – the 50m Back – and came in second after New Zealand’s Tupou Neiufi. 
 
“As this is the first competition of the season, I think it is a good baseline to work on. I am satisfied with my timing for this afternoon but am excited about going back to work on some aspects to improve it. I am looking forward to the Singapore leg in May,” said Yip, on her medal win. 
 
Fellow Team Singapore fought hard as well, with Theresa Goh finishing 4th place in the 50m Breaststroke event, 58 points behind third place and Sophie Soon 6th in the same event. Toh Wei Soong missed a bronze in 50m Free by 24 points, but finished the competition on a high with personal bests in both 50m Back and 200m Free. 
 
The team returns tomorrow to Singapore at 10.15pm, via Qantas flight 37.
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Final competition of the year sees commendable finish by Team Singapore at the BISFed 2018 Dubai Boccia World Open

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Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha and spexScholar Toh Sze Ning placed Singapore in the international arena by coming in 4th in the BC3 Pairs event at the BISFed 2018 Dubai Boccia World Open. Having topped their pools with 3 wins (against Chinese Taipei, Australia and Poland), the duo clinched a spot in the semi-finals against Japan. Narrowly missing the chance to secure a spot in the final, the duo scored 3-4 against Japan. The loss meant that they faced Australia for the 3rd and 4th place play-off. After a hectic day where they played 4 consecutive games in one day, the duo lost 0-7 to Australian Spencer Cotie and Daniel Michel (the pair ranks 2nd in the world)

Even though they fell just shy of entering the final, Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha shares “A great end of the 2018 competition. Coming in 4th was not our ultimate goal but we did our best and together we will come out stronger for future games. Now it is time to head back, regroup and analyze better strategies for future games.”

Another laudable achievement that was witnessed earlier in the competition was when spexScholar Toh Sze Ning became the only female in the category to make it to the Top 8 for the B3 Individuals event after 2 wins. Toh Sze Ning said “Playing against the World number 1 Greek player Grigorios Polychronidis was a good opportunity for me. It tested my skills and though I didn’t win that match, it gave me good insights on how to play better.”

Results:

 

BC3 Pairs

Singapore vs Chinese Taipei (4-3)

Toh Sze Ning

Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

Tzu-Wei Chang

Min-Che Chen

Singapore vs Australia (5-4)

Toh Sze Ning

Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

Daniel Michel

Spencer Cotie

Singapore vs Thailand (2-3)

Toh Sze Ning

Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

Somboon Chaipanich

Pongsathorn Poolket

Singapore vs Poland (4-3) 

Toh Sze Ning

Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

Damian Iskrzycki

Edyta Owczarz

Singapore Vs Japan (3-4) – Semi-finals

Toh Sze Ning

Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

Kazuki Takahashi

Keisuke Kawamoto

  

Singapore vs Australia (0-7)  – 3rd/4rd place playoff

Toh Sze Ning

Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

Daniel Michel

Spencer Cotie

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First para coach Jovin Tan leads Sailing team and brings home 2 bronze medals

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Jovin Tan a four-time paralympian turned coach led Team Singapore to the 1st SE Asian Para Sailing Championships in Hong Kong. The championship saw 7 countries (China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Philippines and Singapore) vie for top placing from 7 to 9 December 2018 at the Hebe Haven Yacht Club Pak Sha Wa, Sai Kung, Hong Kong.

Since the exclusion of Sailing from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Sailing competitions are limited to World Championships and invitational from countries. To bring greater emphasis on sailing to the Asian Region, Hong Kong Sailability organised the 1st SE Asian Para Sailing Championships spur interest among the Asian region and create more competitive opportunities for all.

Under the guidance of Jovin Tan, Team Singapore Desiree Lim kept her cool by steadily securing third place in the 2.4mR class after 7 races with a score of 18 points. Fellow teammate Ng Xiu Zhen put on a good fight against competitor Cheerie Pin Pin from the Philippines and emerged third in her category.

Jovin Tan, Coach shares, “Despite the gusty wind and cold weather, I am happy with the our sailor performance. Desiree and Xiu Zhen adapted and fought through the elements and proved that perseverance is key.”

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From mission impossible to mission I’mPOSSIBLE

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– Educators to take the lead in promoting disability sports in pre-schools and primary schools
– 6 educators from Singapore in Japan to learn how para sports are taught

 

A new initiative called the “I’mPOSSIBLE” programme has been launched in Singapore to empower teachers to learn more about disability sports. The aim is to change the mindset that disability sports is hard to execute and to impart a “can do” spirit among participants. The I’mPOSSIBLE programme is an education programme developed by the Agitos Foundation and the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) development arm to spread Paralympic values and vision to young people. Singapore is the second nation after Japan – the host nation of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics – to share the programme with educators. 

Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) partnered with the Agitos Foundation, the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Centre, the Global Sport Development Foundation and the Japanese Paralympic Committee to bring the I’mPOSSIBLE workshops to Singapore on 7 and 8 Nov 2018. A total of 100 pre-school and primary school teachers from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) attended the workshop. The teachers acquired skills that enabled them to gain and share new knowledge on how to engage students with disabilities in sport and also nurture inclusive playing time for students of all abilities. Materials and resources were provided to equip teachers with the necessary information to ensure a smooth delivery of the programme’s content.

Out of the 100 teachers, six were selected to go to Japan this week from 19 to 24 Nov to learn first-hand from their Japanese counterparts who have started to incorporate the I’mPOSSIBLE programme into their curriculum. One of the six educators was Mr Tan Ban Sun from Nan Chiau Primary School, who said: “Observing the lessons conducted by the teachers has given me a better idea of how I can implement the lessons more effectively and include the I’mPossible learning package in my PE scheme of work to inculcate the values of Paralympics.”

Mr Daryl Ong Wei Loon from Jurong West Primary School added: “We are all different with amazing abilities. While we focus on the successes and strengths we all have, appreciating and displaying empathy towards our differences is key towards building an inclusive society.”

The six educators will be tasked to lead the next session of the I’mPOSSIBLE Programme in March next year.  The programme is sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Singapore Foundation (JCCI) to ensure that the younger generation will be a catalyst of change for the future.

Mr Tomoyuki Kuwata(桑田知之), the Chairman of JCCI Singapore Foundation & President of JCCI, Singapore, noted that the programme goes a long way in promoting inclusiveness. “As an inspiring quote by Nelson Mandela goes, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ JCCI Singapore Foundation believes that to change the world for disability sports, educating the youth is fundamental. SDSC’s initiatives on the I’mPOSSIBLE programme to carry out a series of school engagement to promote the education of disability sports matches our belief. Leveraging on the leadup to Tokyo 2020, we hope to see more youth with disabilities be involved in sports!.” said Mr Kuwata.

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Shooting community all fired up about raising awareness on disability sports

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The Aim for Hope Fundraiser drew to a close after receiving over 100 individuals at the event, many of whom were children trying their hand at the sport for the first time.  A total of $1,750 ($10 for 10 shots) was raised from the event held at Yishun Safra Indoor Air Weapon Range.

Able-bodied and para athletes from the national shooting teams came together to coach the participants and give pointers on how to hit the target. In partnership with the Singapore Shooting Association (SSA), 30 national shooters from the association assisted in the event. Among them are Logaraj Raju who placed fifth in the Asian Para Games 2018 and Martina Lindsey Veloso, Gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games 2018.

Logaraj shared: “It was a good bonding session between able and para shooters, plus it was great opportunity for the public to try out air rifle shooting.” Agreeing with Logaraj, Martina said the event was a good form of exposure for the national youth shooters, as it gave them the skills-set to interact with the public and para shooters. She added that it was also great to see more kids coming in to participate and hopes this will harvest their interest in the sport. 

The fundraiser is part of SDSC’s continuous efforts to bring sporting opportunities to persons with disabilities. Proceeds from today’s event help to fund various SDSC programmes including the learn-to-play (LTP) programme that introduces participants to sports at an introductory level.

Having taken part in the programme many years ago, para sailor Ng Xiu Zhen was among the first participants to take part in today’s event. “I started out in the LTP programme for sailing back in 2009, and feel that being part of this fundraiser will help newbies venture into sports. My takeaway from today is that, with focus we can achieve anything,” Xiu Zhen shared.

Happy to see the sport of shooting taking off in Singapore was 45-year-old participant Lim Teck Hian, who said: “The last time I shot was back in secondary school during my National Police Cadet Corp days. The sport has grown a lot since the earlier years like new technology and with that, I am here to introduce the sport to my son and give my son Julian the opportunity to try out the sport and give back to a cause at the same time.”

All proceeds received from the event will enable SDSC to run its progammes at affordable rates or no charge to ensure that participants will face little or no constraints in obtaining necessary opportunities to pursue sports.

Champions of boccia, cycling and goalball community finals crowned at the closing ceremony of the Singapore National Para Games 2018

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The Singapore National Para Games (SNPG) 2018 ended on a high note today at the Singapore Sports Hub with community finals held for 3 sports: boccia, cycling and goalball.

2018 marks the 13th year since SDSC first organised the National Disability League (NDL) to bring like-minded persons with disabilities (PWDs) together through local community competitions. Over the years, the league has transformed in tandem with the changing landscape in Singapore. From NDL to the SNPG, and then partnerships with GetActive Singapore campaigns and Singapore National Games, there has been encouraging participation from public agencies and the general public-at-large, who are increasingly embracing inclusiveness and equality.

This year, SDSC’s partnership with the Singapore National Games saw para events offered in 9 sports (archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boccia, bowling, football, swimming, table-tennis) as part of the wide array of activities. For sports that were not integrated into the national campaign, such as cycling, equestrian, goalball, lawn bowls and shooting, SDSC partnered interest groups to build community capabilities for sustainable action.

To generate greater awareness of and support for para sports, a mini-festival was held, where members of the public took part in 7 different activities held at the Singapore Sports Hub and Kallang Wave Mall. The first 30 participants who complete all the tasks received a commemorative medal. Prizes were also given to participants who complete at least four activities under the ‘Talent Report Card’. Participants had to go through activities that include being blindfolded while navigating different obstacles in their path, bowling while seated to simulate wheelchair bowling, learning basic sign language and shooting at metal cans using toy guns.

Guest-of-Honour, champion Paralympian and Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Ms Yip Pin Xiu and Executive Director of Haw Par Corporation Mr A.K. Han presented the prizes to the community finals winners.

Ms Yip was heartened by the presence of many Singaporeans at the event and encouraged more PWDs to take up sports. “I think SNPG provides opportunities for Singaporeans to have that experience of competition and the more competitions we have, the more the sport will grow. So I think that this is extremely important to create the right environment to promote para sports. I’m very thankful to all the volunteers, sponsors, SDSC and anybody who has supported para sports so far because without all of them, the event would not be as big as this year’s.”

SNPG 2018 was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Haw Par Corporation, venue sponsor Kallang Wave Mall and supported by beverages sponsor MaxTea and Vico.

Asian Para Games stars among winners of inaugural Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards

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The inaugural Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards is launched today in a bid to level up the local disability sporting scene. The award supports deserving para athletes from disadvantaged or less well-to-do backgrounds to enable them to continue to pursue sporting excellence and shine on both the international and local stages. This year, a total of 29 beneficiaries benefitted from the inaugural bursary to support the athletes and their sporting pursuits.

A total sum of $42,600 in total were given out, with each para athlete receiving between $900 to $1,800, depending on their occupation, household income, support needs, current performance and reasons for application. This financial support provided will hopefully assist these para athletes to push for greater heights in their sport.

Among the recipients of the award are some of our Asian Para Games (APG) stars, who returned home triumphant after a successful campaign in Jakarta. Team Singapore won a total of 10 medals at the APG – 3 golds, 2 silvers and 5 bronzes – the best showing ever. Of the 29 winners of the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Awards, 6 of them took part in APG. They are:

  • Faye Lim (boccia; APG silver medalist)
  • Muhd Diroy Noordin (athletics)
  • Muhd Farihin Mazlan (athletics)
  • Logaraj Raju (shooting)
  • Thomas Nathan Chan (tenpin bowling)
  • Kelvin Tan Wei Lian (tenpin bowling)

The award ceremony was held today at the National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI) Satellite and was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Education Minister Mr Ong Ye Kung as well as CEO of Haw Par Corporation, Mr Wee Ee Lim.

Haw Par Corporation Limited has been one of SDSC’s key sponsors over the years. The kind funding support from Haw Par allows SDSC to carry out various programmes and initiatives that have helped to shape the vibrant disability sports scene we have today in Singapore.

Mr Wee Ee Lim, CEO of Haw Par Corporation, commented, “The SDSC athletes are models of resilience for our society and are deserving of support. Through sponsoring the para sports bursary, Haw Par hopes to give para athletes a leg up in their pursuit of sports excellence, and enable more persons with disabilities to take up para sports.”

Ms Kelly Fan, Executive Director of Singapore Disability Sports Council, “For able-bodied persons, a primary hurdle of being active is likely time. For persons with disabilities (PWD), financial well-being is a key crippling factor. We’ve met parents struggling with single income, when one parent has to take care of a child with disability full-time. How would we dare ask the parents to let their child take part in sports, when they cannot afford the money for basic transportation and meals? We’ve met PWD who shun sports, because they were chided by family, employers for daring to spend time to pursue interests, when employment was already hard for them. Haw Par’s support for this bursary thus sends an important message: that disability should never disqualify someone from being active. It’s a foundation we hope to build on, and help more PWD access and excel through sports.”

Second Singapore Para Athletes Commission aims to elevate status of para athletes

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A fresh slate of six para athletes has been voted in by some 170 of their peers to be their representatives in the Singapore Para Athletes Commission (SPAC). The six are:

  1. Ms Nur Syahidah Alim (Archery), Chairperson
  2. Mr Kalai Vanen (Powerlifting), Vice-Chairperson
  3. Mr Jeremiah Tan (CP Football), Honorary Secretary
  4. Ms Alvina Neo (Shooting), Member
  5. Assoc Prof Mu Yuguang (Table-Tennis), Member
  6. Mr Mohd Ismail Hussain (Tenpin Bowling), Member

All six will serve a two-year-term of office from September 2018 to July 2020. This is the second SPAC voted in by their fellow athletes, who have to fulfill stringent criteria including participation in overseas competitions and/or major games, to be eligible to vote. A round of online elections was held in August for those who qualify to vote. It was the first time that votes were cast electronically, as opposed to the previous round, where athletes gathered physically and cast paper votes. The online voting made it more convenient for athletes of various abilities to have their voices heard.

SPAC serves as the collective voice of para athletes in Singapore. As the liaison between the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC) and Singapore para athletes, SPAC seeks to represent the interests and views of para athletes as well as provide effective input into decision-making so that para athletes train and compete within a supportive and transparent system that gives them the best opportunity of reaching sporting excellence goals.

The new office-bearers recently held their first meeting and they set out their mission and long-term goal, which is to elevate the status of para athletes. SPAC Chairperson Syahidah said: “The purpose of SPAC is to be the collective voice for the para athletes. We are adopting a proactive and transparent approach to foster communication between our athletes and SDSC and SNPC.”

SPAC Vice Chairperson Kalai added: “We’d like to work towards eventually elevating the status of para athletes to be on par with our able-bodied counterparts. To achieve this, we hope to find ways to improve the athletes’ competitive attitude and help address any factors that hinder them. This requires speaking to the staff and management as well as the athletes themselves.”

“We would like to thank Pin Xiu[1] and her team for their continuous work and leading in the 1st SPAC. We will continue our work in improving the status of our para athletes,” said Syahidah.

[1]Members of the first SPAC are: Chairperson Ms Yip Pin Xiu (Swimming), Vice-Chairperson Mr Jovin Tan (Sailing), Honorary Secretary Ms Nurulasyiqah Taha (Boccia), Member Mr. Jason Chee (Table-tennis), Member Mr Khairul Anwar (CP Football), Member Mr Tay Wei Ming (Badminton)

Other than SPAC, Syahidah is one of seven athletes in the running for the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC)’s Athletes’ Committee. She was nominated by SNPC to be Singapore’s representative. Of the seven nominations, five will be elected by athletes taking part in the Asian Para Games, to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Voting for the APC Athletes’ Committee opens on October 4 and closes on October 11. Notably, Syahidah is the only athlete from Southeast Asia to run in the APC Athletes’ Committee. She said she is contesting the APC election to be the representative for athletes from Southeast Asia and Asia. “I am honoured to be named the candidate for Singapore. I hope that being in the Committee will enable me to provide visible representation for my fellow athletes. My experience working at SportSG and now being a TeamSG athlete will contribute to the mission of the Committee – to be the voice of Asian athletes and promote sport integration and inclusiveness in Asia.

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[1] Members of the first SPAC are: Chairperson Ms Yip Pin Xiu (Swimming), Vice-Chairperson Mr Jovin Tan (Sailing), Honorary Secretary Ms Nurulasyiqah Taha (Boccia), Member Mr. Jason Chee (Table-tennis), Member Mr Khairul Anwar (CP Football), Member Mr Tay Wei Ming (Badminton)

Some 140 participants showed off their abilities at the National Youth Inclusive Athletics Championships

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Some 140 participants from both mainstream and special education schools joined in a special event to send a message loud and clear today: sports is for all. They took part in today’s Haw Par National Youth Inclusive Athletics Championships 2018, organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), in conjunction with Haw Par Corporation Limited. The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour, East Coast GRC MP Lim Swee Say. Held at Bedok Stadium, one shining star among the participants was Lionel Teo, who will be representing Team Singapore at the Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lionel won his event Men’s 100m T37 with a time of 19.59s. He said: ”Any form of practice ahead of the Games is essential to my performance. It was through such championships that I was scouted back in 2015 to represent the nation, so it is always a happy occasion for me to be participating in SDSC’s national athletics event.”

Broadening the playing field on the local front, SDSC worked closely with various schools and organisations to bring in more youths to experience sports and build camaraderie at the Championships. Among them is first-time participant, Tan Yun Hui, 13, from Fuhua Secondary School who represented AWWA CIS. She took part in the Girls U14 100m (Physical impairment category), which saw her compete alongside wheelchair users. “It is very refreshing for me to take part in the event because it is quite fun. Even though the wheelchair users are slower, I could see the effort they put in to push their wheelchairs, so I was also cheering my rival on at the finishing line after I completed my event,” said Yun Hui.

The National Youth Inclusive Athletics Championships is an annual event held by SDSC, with the generous support of Haw Par Corporation. The aim of the event is to encourage youths of all abilities to take part in track and field events, thereby leading a healthier lifestyle, and make friends with people their age from other schools.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Individual event results:

BC1 (Gold Medal Match)

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

BC1 (Bronze Medal Match)

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

BC2 (Gold Medal Match)

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

Tie break 1:0

BC2 (Bronze Medal Match)

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

BC3 (Gold Medal Match)

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

BC3 (Bronze Medal Match)

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

 

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

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

 

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact: 

Stefanie Pitchian

Corporate Communications Executive

M: 81574165

Email: stefanie.pitchian@sdsc.org.sg

 

Photos can be found at https://bit.ly/2J1w2a7

Daily results will also be regularly updated on SDSC’s website

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About Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

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

More information at www.sdsc.org.sg

 

About Tiger Balm

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

Haw Par Corporation is the owner of the iconic Tiger Balm Brand.

More information at www.hawpar.com and www.tigerbalm.com

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Semi-finals results:

BC1

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

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


BC2

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

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


BC3

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

Stefanie Pitchian

Corporate Communications Executive

M: 81574165

Email: stefanie.pitchian@sdsc.org.sg

 

Photos can be found at https://bit.ly/2J1w2a7

Daily results will also be regularly updated on SDSC’s website

 

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Amazing skills on display at Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

 

Stefanie Pitchian

Corporate Communications Executive

M: 81574165

Email: stefanie.pitchian@sdsc.org.sg

 

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

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

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


About Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

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

 

More information at www.sdsc.org.sg

 

 

About Tiger Balm

 

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

 

Haw Par Corporation is the owner of the iconic Tiger Balm Brand.

 

More information at www.hawpar.com and www.tigerbalm.com

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”.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Promoting Boccia as a sport for all

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

Stefanie Pitchian

Corporate Communications

T: 6342 3509

E: sbo18_media@sdsc.org.sg

 

 

About Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

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

 

 

About Tiger Balm

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

 

Haw Par Corporation is the owner of the iconic Tiger Balm Brand.

 

More information at www.hawpar.com and www.tigerbalm.com

 

 

Annex A               Schedule for Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open 2018

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

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

Time: 9am – 6pm

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

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

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

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

Time: 9.00am to 9.30am

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

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



Tournament (Individuals – Round Robin)

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

Time: 10.30am to 7.00pm


“Botch-Ya” Public Outreach (Second Run)

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

Time: 9am – 6pm

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

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

Round Robin: 9.30am to 5.00pm

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

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

Individual (Finals): 9.30am to 11.40am

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

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

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



Closing Ceremony with Victory Ceremonies

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

Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Guest of Honour: TBC

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

 

For news coverage on the event, please refer to:

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

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

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

Press Release Comments Off on EFA Group Backs Singapore’s Para Cyclists on Road to Tokyo 2020

15 May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Singapore International Para-cycling Cup 2018

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

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

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

 

Media Invitation

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

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For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

Wee Yee Ting

Corporate Communications

E: corpcomm@sdsc.org.sg

M: +65 9852 6103

 

Siti Rasiqah

Head of Communications

E: siti.rasiqah@efa-group.net

 

About EFA Group

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

 

About Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

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

 

Annex A – Route of SIPC 2018

Venue: 1.7km Cecil / Robinson Road circuit

 

 

For news coverage on the event, please refer to:

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