The National Disability League has come a long way since its inception ten years ago and now plays a hugely important role in the domestic para sports scene, according to Singapore Disability Sports Council Chief Executive Officer Dr Teo Koh Sock Miang.
This year’s NDL, which started on 27 June, involved a record of 16 different sports, stretched across more than two months and ended on Saturday with the finals of 3-on-3 basketball.
The National Disability League ended on Saturday with the finals of 3-on-3 basketball. Photo: Sport Singapore
Young basketball fans were left delighted as the final at Tampines West Community Club was graced by the Singapore Slingers team.
At the NDL closing ceremony also held at the same venue on Saturday, Dr Teo Koh said the diversity of sports available showed how far disability sports had grown in Singapore.
"For the first time we have 16 sports this year," she said.
"This is truly a legacy because as we move on from the first year. We are able to increase the number of sports, which means we are able to increase the number of athletes and allow them different choices.
Dr Teo Koh also emphasised the importance of the NDL in offering para-athletes competitive experiences they would not have had otherwise, which has allowed them to participate in a greater number of sports in the upcoming ASEAN Para Games (APG).
Dr Teo Koh Sock Miang speaks during the National Disability League Closing Ceremony. Photo: Sport Singapore
“The NDL is a special platform. It enables some of our athletes who never had competitive experiences to take part in their first competition,” she said.
"So for example, powerlifting – first time this year. Goalball – first time this year. So it is an important platform.
"And for the first time, Singapore will be able to take part in all 15 sports. That truly is the legacy of the games in Singapore," Dr Teo Koh said about the APG.
She further called upon Singaporeans to come out in full force to support our para athletes competing in the APG from 3 December to 9 December.
“Please come out support, cheer our athletes on, give them some goose bumps, scream for them, and we really ask that everybody come together as Team Singapore.
"So, if you have friends out there, please bring them to the games. Please cheer our athletes on."