Seniors showcase sporting talent at Silver Sports Day

Seniors from AWWA HSC and other eldercare service providers taking part in various sporting events at the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, on June 17, 2016.
Seniors from AWWA HSC and other eldercare service providers taking part in various sporting events at the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, on June 17, 2016. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI
Seniors from AWWA HSC and other eldercare service providers taking part in various sporting events at the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, on June 17, 2016.
Seniors from AWWA HSC and other eldercare service providers taking part in various sporting events at the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, on June 17, 2016. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI
Seniors from AWWA HSC and other eldercare service providers taking part in various sporting events at the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, on June 17, 2016.
Seniors from AWWA HSC and other eldercare service providers taking part in various sporting events at the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, on June 17, 2016. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

SINGAPORE - About 15 minutes into the round of human foosball - a life-size version of the table-top game - Mr Edwin Rozario, 73 was still running left and right, trying to get the ball.

He said: "I think for someone my age I'm quite good… jumping about, running about, kicking."

He was a boxer and a bowler in his younger days and now works as a security guard. He says playing human foosball brings back memories of his younger sporting days.

He was one of the 400 seniors who took part in the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, held at ITE College Central on Friday (June 17). The AWWA was known previously as the Asian Women's Welfare Association.

The seniors were from the AWWA Health and Senior Care (HSC) and other eldercare service providers such as Thye Hwa Kwan and Lions Befrienders senior activity centres .

Organised by AWWA's HSC and ITE College Central, the sports day was initiated in 2010 to promote active ageing and provide a platform for seniors to showcase their talent in sports.

The turnout for the event has grown, from about 200 participants in 2010 to about 400 from 2014 onwards.

This year, three new sport stations - Velcro Ball Dart, Hoop Shooting and Human Foosball - were added to the five existing stations : Boccia, lawn bowling , race walking, sustained weight lifting and a wheelchair obstacle course.

Speaking at the event, guest-of-honour Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Dr Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry, said: "Fitness is not about age...It's about a mindset, whether you can persevere to exercise regularly… so that you can continue to be healthy and strong."