Youth sports carnival Romp sees record involvement of 1,700 athletes and officials

Minister Grace Fu (centre) scoring a hoop at wheelchairbasketball with members from the Handicap Welfare Association, Wheelchair Basketball Association and volunteers from W.A.D.
Minister Grace Fu (centre) scoring a hoop at wheelchairbasketball with members from the Handicap Welfare Association, Wheelchair Basketball Association and volunteers from W.A.D. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES

SINGAPORE - Annual youth sports carnival Romp has gone one step further in its efforts to promote social inclusion by introducing a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball friendly competition for both disabled and able-bodied athletes.

This is the second year that Romp is partnering with the Singapore Disability Sports Council.

Last year's edition featured disability sports stations for the first time.

Organisers said this year's event, held on Saturday (July 8), is the biggest ever, with about 1,700 athletes and volunteers involved - up from 1,200 last year.

This is the sixth edition of Romp.

Romp 2017 took place across three venues: the Ministry of Education Co-Curricular Activities Stadium at Evans Road, the Singapore Badminton Hall and King's Pool at Ang Mo Kio.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu was the event's guest of honour at Evans Road, where she tried her hand at wheelchair basketball and rode an electric unicycle.

Said Ms Fu: "I am very happy to see that the organisers have continued to focus on social inclusivity. By playing in mixed teams and working together, I hope all of us will come away with a stronger awareness and appreciation of one another's strengths."

Two new categories, women's basketball (open) and women's soccer (open) were also introduced, ensuring that there was female participation in all of Romp's five sports (soccer, badminton, basketball, tchoukball and pool).

The event was supported and sponsored by SportCares Foundation, a national movement that activates sport for social good.