Besides drawing participation from national para-athletes, the one-day para bowling competition of the 2016 Singapore National Games (SNG) also attracted the presence of Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and Finance Sim Ann, who turned up to show her support for the participants.
Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and Finance Sim Ann (in red, centre) interacts with para-athletes during the para bowling competition of the Singapore National Games at Temasek Club. Photo: Sport Singapore
Sim’s presence came as a morale booster to the athletes, who were notably euphoric when she approached them before gameplay commenced.
The para bowling competition, along with four other para sports disciplines, are featured at the SNG for the first time this year, and assistant competition manager Muhammad Aidi could not be happier.
Mentioning that the inclusion of the sport is “a very good idea”, the 33-year-old highlighted that there were still para bowlers who have yet to be exposed to competitive play.
“With this platform, I think it is a very good thing whereby everybody in the bowling industry will get to know that there are a lot of good bowlers out there as well, including para bowlers,” said Aidi, whose role was to ensure the smooth operations of the bowling venue at Temasek Club.
Thomas Nathan Chan in action during the para bowling competition. Photo: Sport Singapore
Team NILA volunteer Cheng Chin Chen shared Aidi’s sentiments, and agreed that the exposure could help improve the awareness towards para sports.
The 62-year-old, who has been volunteering at sports events regularly for the past five years, mentioned that her experience and maternal instincts helped equip her with the knowledge to assist para-athletes.
“This is the first time I’m doing (volunteering at) a game,” said Cheng, adding that she opted to help out at bowling because it was her “first time” at a bowling venue.
On her reasons for volunteering, Cheng said: “I want to keep myself young and healthy and active, physically active!”
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