Para sports: 500 participants attend Adapted Sports Adventure Day

SINGAPORE - About 500 people took part in the Adapted Sports Adventure Day on Saturday (May 20) at the Singapore Sports School (SSP).

The inaugural event that aimed to educate the able-bodied community on how sports can be made accessible to persons with different functionalities, while introducing adapted sports to persons with disability.

Jointly organised by SSP and the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the event took place in conjunction with the selection trials for the Sept 17-23 Asean Para Games for six sports - badminton, boccia, football, goalball, powerlifting and table tennis.

Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and Culture, Community and Youth, attended as guest of honour.

A cheque for $25,000, raised by SSP initiative Project Champions Way for the SDSC, was also presented.

Other activities include sports challenge stations, seated basketball and curling.

Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu, the athlete mentor for the Kuala Lumpur Asean Para Games, said: "It is great to see the community come together to actively learn about adapted sports. Leading an active lifestyle is important for everyone, regardless of ability.

"I am happy to see many fresh faces today and hope that many will become new athletes in the future."