With the Asean Para Games (APG) starting this Thursday, the Team Singapore contingent got a send-off as they checked into the Games Village at Marina Bay Sands (MBS).
The contingent, which includes including 247 athletes and officials, gathered outside Stadium MRT station on Monday morning to bid farewell to their loved ones before boarding the trains.
The athletes and officials who assembled at the MRT station were divided according to their sport - Boccia, Cerebral Palsy football, chess and goalball - before they boarded the trains bound for MBS. The rest of the athletes were ferried to the village by chartered buses.
The MRT journey, which took less than 10 minutes, was a smooth ride. Boccia player Syafiqa Jumat said: "The MRT is better because if we take the bus, we have to go up one by one and that may take more time."
As they moved into MBS, athletes also began to feel the excitement leading up to the games. Said football 5-a-side player Salaiman Ahmad: "I am feeling very excited because it is my first time participating in the APG and since it is held at home, Singaporeans will come down to support us and I hope we can win something for them."
Winning however, is not the main priority for Singapore as Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, president of the Singapore Paralympic Council said: "We do have quite a number of new athletes so the pressure is not for them to win medals or be on the podium, but if they can get on that podium, it's going to be fantastic for them and for Singapore.
"But at the end of the day, we just want the athletes to overcome the odds against them and just do their personal best."