Message from Bob September 2015
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A FULL CALENDAR
I believe Singapore and not just the sports community will be filled with pride at the buzz, energy and activity on the national sporting calendar. At the time of writing, Singapore has just seen off another successful 2015 F1 edition, and we stand at the threshold of two more events - the Womens Tennis Association Tour and the ASEAN Para Games thereafter. This is off the back of other recent events such as the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, and of course, the 28th SEA Games – ingredients that have made for a powerful SG50 celebration and an underscore of the fact that Vision 2030 is coming into sharp focus.
2016 will build on the vibrancy of the sporting calendar with 3 Super Rugby matches and a Singapore leg of the Rugby 7’s amongst numerous other events fitting into a year which holds the pinnacle of sports high performance, the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and an obvious milestone in the SSI calendar. Following the success of the SEA Games, the SSI is already in full swing with campaign preparations for Rio, but more immediately the SSI is proud to be in full support of Team Singapore at the 8th ASEAN Para Games, slated for 3-9 December, 2015.
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Not only is the Singapore Sports Institute supporting a contingent of 160+ para athletes in a high performance focus along with specific and general funding such as the Spex Scholarships, “the Final Push” and annual grants, the SSI is proud to be providing non-high performance support in the form of logistical support via storage locations for athlete equipment such as the racing wheelchairs and training facilities, where the SSI Bio-mechanics lab now transforms six out of seven nights into a training facility for the APG paddlers to hone their skills.
SSI Bio-mech lab transforms into APG Table Tennis Training Facility
Furthermore, 2 Para Games workshops co-ordinated by SSI have already taken place over September, in order to prepare and brief the APG contingent on sports medicine requirements, WADA requirements as well as the mental preparation and sports nutrition aspect of sports and competition.
SSI is proud to be 100% behind Team Singapore at the ASEAN Para Games and the vision for the future is that this APG builds on the legacy that the success of the SEA Games has ignited – in terms of the unconditional support for our athletes and “to live better through sports”, but also that the consistent endeavour of the para athletes is highlighted and that the community of Singapore continues to become more inclusive.
An Ecosystem Coming To Life
Before the SEA Games, arguably, if you asked the person on the street whether they knew what the SSI was, it would be a good bet to say they would not know how to answer. However, with the rousing acknowledgement of Team Singapore and the support of our partners – the National Sporting Associations and the wider sporting community, the achievements of Team Singapore are reaching new heights and the “backroom” work of the SSI is becoming better known. Globally, the level of expertise and talent that is coming to Singapore is on the rise and we are proud to report that World Champion Breast Stroker, American, Kevin Cordes is now utilising SSI facilities and accommodation whilst sparring with our local swimmers and sharing his knowledge. In the same vein, World Champion Hungarian Kayakers have also taken up residence to spar with our SEA Games medallists in preparation for their upcoming qualifiers. The SSI is not just a high performance facility, we have worked hard to make it a home for all athletes and our staff – ranging from bio-mechanists to administrators, sports trainers to sports development managers are considered by the athletes as the extended family of Team Singapore.
Chief (SSI), Bob Gambardella
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