Chef de Mission of the 8th ASEAN Para Games Raja Singh poses for a photo with the para athletes. (Photo by Sport Singapore)
At the Opening Ceremony of the National Disability League on Saturday, the Singapore National Paralympic Council announced the contingent that will take part in the 8th ASEAN Para Games in December.
A total of 145 athletes were selected to represent the host nation in the competition in what is Singapore’s biggest ever contingent – almost triple the size of the 52 athletes that participated in Myanmar two years ago.
Of the 145 chosen athletes, 80 will make their debut in the biennial competition which will also see the introduction of new sports including goalball and powerlifting.
Marc Chiang, captain of the goalball team, said the opportunity to compete in the ASEAN Para Games was a dream come true.
“Just one year ago, I would never have guessed that I will have the chance to represent my country in a regional sports tournament,” he said.
“The team knows we are very privileged to be given this opportunity to perform in front of the home crowd and will give our utmost to make Singapore proud this December.”
Goalball para athletes in action. (Photo by Sport Singapore)
Suhairi Bin Suhani from the para athletics team has been training hard ahead of the Games and hopes that home ground advantage will give him the added boost to win gold and break some records.
“My training is six times a week. Hopefully, I train well and in December during the 8th ASEAN Para Games on home ground, I will break the last two years’ record in Myanmar,” said the 18-year-old who just returned from competing in the Special Olympics.
“Competing on home gound, I believe that it will motivate me in doing my best.”
This year’s competition will be one to savour, not just because it is taking place on home soil, but also because it coincides with the nation’s jubilee year celebrations.
“I’m excited because with SG50 and also this is the first time powerlifting is included in ASEAN Para Games,” said Kalai Vanen, Team Singapore debutant in powerlifting.
“It will be great to compete in front of the home crowd. The home crowd will definitely boost the athletes’ morale and give us the much appreciated moral support.”
“For everybody out there, the Games is going to be held from 3 to 9 December. All the athletes who are competing will be waiting for your support. Please come over and support us.”