The ActiveSG ASEAN Para Games (APG) Challenge was launched last weekend at Seng Kang Sports Centre and Pasir Ris Sports Centre with roadshows planned every for every weekend till the start of the Games.
Members of the public will be able to learn about para sports and try their hand at modified versions of para sports such as boccia and goalball at 10 different ActiveSG Sports Centres before 3 December.
Members of the public try out boccia at the roadshow. Photo: Sport Singapore
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng, who was at the roadshow on Saturday, said many initiatives and activities have been organised to spark people’s interest in the Games.
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng talks to visitors at the roadshow. Photo: Sport Singapore
“I think this time round, the thing is that all the competitions and matches are free of charge and there is a huge carnival happening at Sports Hub as well. That would make it interesting for people. And we have also specially designed tours for them to sign up and experience it,” he said.
Hundreds of people signed up for the APG Experience Tour over the weekend, where they will be given a tour of the Sports Hub compound and be introduced to the 15 different para sports by a trained facilitator.
“All these initiatives should create a buzz and hopefully people will talk about it on social media and mainstream media to help raise awareness,” he said.
These ActiveSG and APG initiatives not only aim to boost awareness about the Games but also to raise the profile of para sports in general, with the ultimate goal of gaining more recognition and public involvement in para sports post APG.
While the reception to these initiatives have been positive so far, Mr Baey said this will hopefully translate into a large turnout at the APG.
"The plan is there to raise awareness. A lot can be done, that's why we're going to all the heartlands and sports centres... Hopefully people will take notice and wonder what's so different about the Para Games and will want to experience it for themselves," he said.
Singapore National Netball Captain Micky Lin, who was helping out at the roadshow on Saturday, said she hopes Singaporeans show our para athletes the same overwhelming support she received at the SEA Games.
Netball captain Micky Lin helps out a girl with archery at the roadshow. Photo: Sport Singapore
“Personally for me, I had a great SEA Games and a lot of that is attributed to the people around who came and rallied us along. It’s an amazing thing at home ground. I think whatever I am doing now; I am hoping to translate that into something I could pay it forward for the other athletes to enjoy,” the SEA Games gold medallist said.
“It is very important that we have people around them who will come, whether its neighbours or just general Singaporeans, to come down and support Team Singapore.
“If you have enjoyed SEA Games, if you liked the atmosphere, come down to ASEAN Para Games.”