Support for seniors and sports

About 400 seniors took part in the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, held at ITE College Central yesterday. AWWA was known previously as the Asian Women's Welfare Association. The seniors were from the AWWA Health and Senior Care and other eldercare s
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About 400 seniors took part in the AWWA 7th Silver Sports Day 2016, held at ITE College Central yesterday. AWWA was known previously as the Asian Women's Welfare Association. The seniors were from the AWWA Health and Senior Care and other eldercare service providers such as Thye Hwa Kwan and Lions Befrienders senior activity centres.

Organised by AWWA's Health and Senior Care 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. This year, three new sport stations - velcro ball dart, hoop shooting and human foosball - were added to five existing stations: Boccia, lawn bowling, race walking, sustained weight lifting and a wheelchair obstacle course.

One of the seniors taking part was Mr Edwin Rozario, 73. A boxer and bowler in his youth, he joined the human foosball event and said the activity brought back memories of his younger sporting days.

Speaking at the event, Dr Koh Poh Koon, an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC and 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."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'Support for seniors and sports'. Print Edition | Subscribe