Road shows help garner traction for ASEAN Para Games
21 September, 2015
The upcoming 8th ASEAN Para Games is gradually gaining ground among Singaporeans with community road shows held at various sports centres.
Held from December 3 to 9, the Republic will host the Games for the very first time and will feature a total of 15 sports, the most offered in Games history.
Themed “Sports Without Boundaries”, the road shows serve to increase awareness of the Games and para sports and included various sports tryouts such as boccia, goalball and table tennis.
Members of the public interacting with 8th ASEAN Para Games mascot, Nila, at the Sports Without Boundaries roadshow. Photo: Sport Singapore
Held at Choa Chu Kang Sports Centre, the second edition of the road show also saw members of the public pledging their support for the national para-athletes by swimming laps in the pool for about two hours each.
Members of the public pledging their support for the national para-athletes by swimming laps in the pool for about two hours each. Photo: Sport Singapore
Free snacks and balloon sculptures (below) were also available at the road show, including a postcard colouring booth.
Children at the roadshow being entertained by the balloon sculptor. Photo: Sport Singapore
Some members of the public also walked away with attractive prizes such as the Samsung Galaxy Young 2 smart phone and Samsung Galaxy Tablet at a lucky draw.
46-year-old Jamir Singh was one of the lucky winners who walked home with the Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
“I was just trying my luck and that’s not my main purpose in coming here anyway,” said the Toh Guan resident, who was accompanying his six-year-old son, Javin, to attend swimming lessons and the road show at the same time.
“It is not easy for them (para-athletes) to play the same sports as able-bodied athletes.
“It’s a bit of an eye-opener to see and feel how it’s like to play the sports and it’s tough, and I really have respect for them.”
Senior events executive of the Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC), Jared Meng, was pleased with the local support given to the road shows.
“Members of the public finally know what sports are being played at the Games and get to try their hands out with the sport,” he said.
A boy tries playing goalball at the Sports Without Boundaries roadshow. Photo: Sport Singapore
“Some of them are even signing up to be volunteers and have expressed strong interest in attending the Games, so support has been pretty overwhelming and we hope that it continues.
“The Games will be an excellent closure to the SG50 celebrations and we are really hopeful that the support for sports can continue to grow beyond the Games, and Singaporeans will continue to give recognition to our athletes.”
SAPGOC Manager of ceremonies and functions Eddy Jamal echoed Meng’s sentiments.
He added: “There would definitely be better understanding of the Para Games and the sports after the roadshows, especially after you try your hands out at the various sports booths.
Visitors to the roadshow were able to try out various sports that will be played at the upcoming ASEAN Para Games. Photo: Sport Singapore
“Such outreach events will definitely be beneficial for Singaporeans to understand what exactly are going through the minds and daily lives of people with disabilities.
The first edition of the road show was held on July 25 and 26, at the Jurong West Sports Centre. Members of the public who missed the opportunity to attend the roadshows can do so in the upcoming ones at Seng Kang Sports Centre, on November 7, and Pasir Ris Sports Centre, on November 8.