The Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) revealed the different community initiatives in the lead up to the ASEAN Para Games (APG) at the “Get RED-Y” launch event marking the 50-day countdown.
Launching the campaign was Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu. Miss Fu said, “In about 50 days, Singapore will host the ASEAN Para Games for the first time. This is an extraordinary opportunity for all of us to experience the power of disability sport. Our athletes are training hard and ready to fly the Singapore flag high. Let’s all come together to support and celebrate our athletes as One Team Singapore!”
On Tuesday, Team Singapore athletes stood hand in hand along with students and teachers of Bendemeer Secondary School to launch the “Get RED-Y” campaign with the unveiling of 15 posters featuring a Team Singapore athlete from each sport as well as a music video with footage of our athletes in action against the strains of “Unbreakable”.
Team Singapore athletes dress up the streets
The posters are part of the effort to amplify the athletes’ extraordinary stories, befitting of the theme “Celebrate the Extraordinary”. They allow fellow Singaporeans to be familiarised with our very own Team Singapore athletes who have been training hard to do the nation proud in the upcoming multisport event. The visuals also prompt the public to google and find out more about the athletes’ extraordinary spirit and stories.
“When the portraits were revealed I felt very proud to be representing Singapore,” said Yip Pin Xiu, a Team Singapore swimmer who won one Gold and one Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
“I have never imagined that an ASEAN Para Games would be held in Singapore so this is a dream come true to be able to swim in front of (a) home crowd and for fellow Singaporeans to be able to cheer us on.”
Apart from posters that will be displayed at schools and Sports Centres, Singaporeans will also be able to see the athletes’ visuals at bus stop shelters, on double-decker buses, trains and selected MRT stations.
Get RED-Y #OneTeamSG
Singaporeans will once again be called upon to adopt the colour red in support of Team Singapore at the ASEAN Para Games.
On top of buses, trains and selected MRT stations that will be decked out in red, a fleet of 250 taxis will be going island-wide, bringing the spirit and essence of the Games to the heartlands. Bus hangers, which will contain two temporary tattoos to be worn as a sign of support, will showcase the competition schedule to encourage the public to head down and show their support for our Team Singapore athletes.
Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief, Corporate and Community Outreach, SAPGOC, added, “Our Team Singapore athletes represent our country competing at international tournaments. They have put in years of hard work and sacrifice to get to where they are, which is by all means, no easy feat. We want to celebrate this spirit of excellence. We hope more of our athletes will become household names and urge the community to get behind them as part of One Team Singapore.”
Communities will be placing billboards, featuring athletes residing in the neighbourhood, to garner greater support from their neighbours. Singaporeans can also pen their support messages on the cheer tags available at Sports Centres and various Community Clubs.
“Unbreakable” Music Video
Featuring 6 top-notched Team Singapore athletes who have displayed the unbreakable spirits through their own success, the music video highlights the intensive trainings that the athletes undergo and the mental and physical rigours required of their respective sports. Along with their pillars of support, they overcome odds in the pursuit of glories for the nation.
Catch them on set behind-the-scenes of the making of "Unbreakable"!
"For me to sit there today to watch them unveil the music video, it reminded me about us (Team Singapore SEA Games contingent) having that moment at the SEA Games and it was a wonderful experience," said National netball captain and SEA Games Gold medallist Micky Lin.
Micky had this advice for the Team Singapore athletes, “Just take in the moment, relax and do what you usually do and I think they will do great.”
Tiara Aqilah, a student of Bendemeer Secondary School, said she has learnt much from interacting with the athletes. “I’ve learnt that they have disabilities but they are still able to participate in games like the normal games that we participate in.” Tiara further added that she wants the athletes to “never give up, all the best, we’ve got your back!”.
If you, like Tiara, would like to show your support for Team Singapore, you can make your way down to Marina Square on 24 and 25 October to sew a plush toy heart as part of the Gift-a-Nila campaign and catch our Team Singapore powerlifters, Kalai and Melvyn in action at the Unified Powerlifting Invitational. You can also support the athletes at other upcoming events such as PG “Sport without Boundaries” Roadshows at Sengkang and Pasir Ris Sports Centres on 7 and 8 November respectively, “One Team Singapore” Rally on 14 November and APG Carnival @ Sports Hub from 28 November to 9 December.