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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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