After participating in the SDSC Reindeer Walk-a-Wheelathon earlier in the day our para-athletes and guests gathered once more at the event plaza in front Marina Bay Sands for the Flame Lighting Ceremony for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015.
(Left to right) Ms Yap Qian Yin (national sailor), Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng, DPM Teo Chee Hian, Minister Grace Fu, Dr Teo-Koh Sock Mian and Singapore's Chef De Mission Mr Raja Singh jointly lit the APG Flame.
Welding a colourful sparklers each, Guest of honour, Mr Teo Chee Hean, DPM & Coordinating Minister for National Security, Ms Grace Fu, Minister (MCCY), Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary (MCCY), Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, Chairman, SNPC & President, SDSC, Mr Raja Singh, Chef de Mission (CDM), Singapore Contingent to the 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG) and Ms Yap Qian Yin (Team Singapore Para Sailor) jointly ignited the APG flame.
Dr Teo-Koh then addressed the gathered crowd. After Dr Teo-Koh’s speech the dignitaries gathered onstage for the Team Singapore flag presentation. The state flag was handed in turn from Minister Fu to Dr Teo-Koh then to Mr Raja Singh before finally being passed to the Singapore Flag Bearer Ms Yip Pin Xiu (swimming).
Mr Raja Singh (first from right) passes the Singapore flag to Ms Yip Pin Xiu, official flag bearer for Singapore for the 8th ASEAN Para Games. Photo: Sport Singapore
Beaming with pride, Team Singapore athlete Yip Pin Xiu said, “It is a great honour to be the flag bearer for Singapore at the 8th ASEAN Para Games as this is the first time that we are competing at this level on home ground. It is also going to be the first time that most Singaporeans can get to experience a para games. All of us are training hard and we hope to see Singapore get behind us, dressed up in red to support us at the games and beyond.”
Mr Thomas Yong (tenpin bowling), then lead the contingent in reciting the before inviting him to lead the contingent in reciting the Athletes’ Pledge.
Mr Thomas Yong (first from left) leads the Singapore contingent in reciting the Athletes' Pledge. Photo: Sport Singapore
To cap off the evening, all guest of honour, all the VIPs and the gathered Team Singapore contingent stood hand in hand as Singaporeans to sing the National Anthem.
Says CDM Raja Singh, “Our Team Singapore athletes have always been giving us every reason the cheer and smile. Be it at local or international competitions, they have always given their best to put Singapore on the world stage. The 8th ASEAN Para Games in December is no exception. I know many of them are determined to do their best and I look forward to working with them to deliver an inspiring performance that will make Singapore proud.”
We wish our para-athletes all the best in their quest to bring sporting glory to singapore as we stand together with them as one united Singapore #backupAPG2015