By Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports
Queenstown Stadium, Sunday, November 1, 2015 — Senior Minister of State at Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth, Sim Ann, paid a visit to national para-archers during a training session this afternoon to show her support for the upcoming ASEAN Para Games.
“This is a sport that I think is very interesting and I think it deserves to be more widely known,” said Sim.
Sim urged Singaporeans to come down to support the athletes at the upcoming Games, as most athletes have been juggling their training in between their careers, daily lives and disabilities.
“The ASEAN Para Games is a wonderful celebration of athletes of all abilities, and for Singapore to host it in the same year as SG50, it’s very meaningful.”
With the Games just around the corner, the team, including captain Robert Fuchs, Kevin Wong, and Syahidah Alim, have been dedicating at least two days a week for training sessions.
For some of the para-athletes, competing in multiple sports is not uncommon.
Wong, for instance, also represented the Republic in track events such as shot put and javelin. The motorcycle mechanic bagged top honours for shot put in the National Para Track and Field Championship in 2013, and also finished sixth in the seventh edition of the ASEAN Para Games for both shot put and javelin events.
Sim said, “For our athletes, they all have a different journey, and some of them crossed over from a different sport because they wanted to try something different and challenge themselves differently.
“A very important takeaway from the Games would be the stories of our athletes who trained very hard and overcame many obstacles, and I believe that many Singaporeans who come to the Games will be very inspired by these stories.”
The Games will be held from December 3-9, and will be a befitting closure to the Republic’s yearlong SG50 celebrations.
For more info on the ASEAN Para Games, visit: https://www.aseanparagames2015.com
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