Para sports: 44th National Para Athletics Championships attract over 200 participants

Rio-bound long jumper Suhairi Suhani at the National Para Athletics Championships.
Rio-bound long jumper Suhairi Suhani at the National Para Athletics Championships.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - Over 200 participants aged seven and above gathered at the Hougang Stadium on Saturday for the annual National Para Athletics Championships, organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council.

Now in its 44th year, yesterday's events were categorised into the Junior, Open, and A to D divisions.

Present at the Championships yesterday were Singapore's Paralympics-bound track and field athletes, long jumper Suhairi Suhani and wheelchair racer Norsilawati Sa'at.

The meet is their final competition before they leave for next month's Paralympic Games in Rio, and the duo were thankful for the chance to hone their preparations.

Said 19-year-old Suhairi, who leapt 6.47 metres to win the men's F20 long jump event at the Championships: "This competition was a good warm-up, as it helped me loosen my muscles and let me focus on my run-up and landing in a competitive atmosphere."

Norsilawati, who competed in the T52 100m and 200m races, agreed, adding: "Any race or competition before Rio is a good warm-up.

"This meet has helped me gauge if I'm mentally prepared, and provided the opportunity to apply whatever I've done during training to a competitive setting."