First Ever Tri-Contingent Ceremony Kicks Off Team Singapore's Major Games Journey

18 Nov 2013

Singaporeans to join the #ourteamsg movement in support of national athletes
Singapore, 18 November 2013 - Close to 500 Team Singapore athletes and officials gathered at a flag presentation ceremony today to kick off their journey at the 1st Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games, 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and 7th ASEAN Para Games taking place between December 2013 and January 2014. This is the first time a combined flag presentation ceremony is being held for the athletes of the three major Games.

2. Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said: "I would like to congratulate all our athletes who have been selected to compete for our nation, and to fly our flag high overseas. Whether you are headed for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games, SEA Games or ASEAN Para Games, all of you represent the best of what Singapore stands for - a can-do attitude, a never-say-die spirit, and a commitment to purpose. All of you have in your own ways, inspired and motivated Singaporeans to live better through sports."

3. Deputy Prime Minister and President of Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), Mr Teo Chee Hean, as well as Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower and Executive Committee Member of SNOC, joined Mr Wong to present the Singapore flags as a symbol of honour to an all-female trio of flag bearers for the respective Games.
1st Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games
4. Opening the Games season is the inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games, which will take place in Newcastle, Australia from 1 to 7 December. Singapore will be fielding a contingent of 19 athletes to compete in 5 sports, led by Chef De Mission (CDM) Ms Linda Prebhash.

5. Commenting on the growing sports movement, Ms Prebhash said: "This year marks a milestone for our Special Olympics athletes who will embark on the first ever Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games, which aims to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. In a true testament that sport embraces all abilities, this is an excellent platform for our athletes to share their love for sports, celebrate their skills and abilities, build their self-confidence and develop social skills. I am glad that there are now more opportunities for Special Olympics athletes from the region to interact with each other at the sporting level. This unified flag presentation ceremony also fosters inclusion amongst our athletes, and gives them an opportunity to get to know other Team Singapore athletes and be inspired. We are very proud of them and wish them all the very best!"
27th SEA Games and 7th ASEAN Para Games
6. Next in the line-up is the 27th SEA Games, held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar from 11 to 22 December. Some 310 athletes will represent Singapore in 25 sports at the Games, led by CDM Ms Annabel Pennefather. In this edition, the equestrian and hockey teams are making a comeback after their absence at two consecutive SEA Games.

7. "The SEA Games has a long tradition of providing an invaluable platform for the biggest number of our Team Singapore athletes to compete in a major multi-sport Games. Our athletes have trained hard and I am sure we can expect them to give their 100% in Myanmar to deliver performances that will provide not just cause for cheer but also a useful gauge for future Games. I hope that Singaporeans will get behind our athletes to inspire and be inspired by them," said CDM Ms Pennefather.

8. Closing the Games season is the 7th ASEAN Para Games, also held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar from 11 to 21 January 2014. Set to continue the international and regional success seen at the various Para Games thus far, Singapore will be sending a team of 60 athletes across 6 sports, headed by CDM Mr Justinian Chua. They include seasoned athletes like swimmer Yip Pin Xiu, and the football team that will be competing for the very first time in the ASEAN Para Games.

9. CDM Mr Chua said: "The athletes have proven their mettle at previous Games, even at a global level. We look forward to them building on their good performance thus far, with the encouragement and support of all Singaporeans."
Together We Are Stronger
10. In the spirit of "Together We Are Stronger" - an ongoing nationwide campaign to call on Singaporeans to come together as one Team Singapore to support our national athletes - the Guests-of-Honour, Team Singapore contingents and guests also came together to put in a collective photo pledge.

11. The photo pledge is part of the campaign's 'Join #ourteamsg' movement, where Singaporeans are able to put a face to their well wishes for the very first time through the submission of photo pledges, via a dedicated microsite and popular social media channels such as Instagram. ASEAN Para Games flag bearer Nurulasyiqah Taha said: "I felt encouraged going through the well wishes submitted. My heart swelled reading the words of encouragement, especially from people I don't personally know. This is truly the essence of the Singapore spirit - Singaporeans cheering each other on!"

12. Members of the public may log on to www.ourteamsg.com to submit their well wishes with their photo pledges or learn about the encouraging stories between Team Singapore athletes and their team of supporters.

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Please click here to download the Annexes
ANNEX A: Games Fact Sheet
ANNEX B: 1st Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games Contingent List
ANNEX C: 27th SEA Games Contingent List
ANNEX D: 7th ASEAN Para Games Contingent List
ANNEX E: Profiles of Chefs de Mission
ANNEX F: Together We Are Stronger Fact Sheet

For media enquiries, please contact:

On Team Singapore and the 27th SEA Games:

Adrienne Ser
GolinHarris
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Siti Nurhidayati
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Corporate Communications & Relations
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On 1st Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games:

Nurul Rasheed
Senior Associate
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On 7th ASEAN Para Games:

Stefanie Pitchian
Corporate Communications
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Joy Lee
Sports & Admin Executive
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About Team Singapore
Originally mooted by the then Ministry of Community Development and Sports, Team Singapore was launched on 20 April 2001 by the then Deputy Prime Minister Dr Tony Tan. Team Singapore is the united identity of elite athletes, coaches and officials from Singapore that represents the country in major multi-sport games and identified international competitions.

Pride, Performance and Perseverance are the three attributes of Team Singapore. Underscoring the traits of a winning team, these attributes are the important elements of sportsmanship and excellence that propel the nation forward to succeed on the world's sporting stage.

Team Singapore inspires our nation's athletic talents to continually evolve the level of elite sports in Singapore, while galvanising and connecting the community in support of their sporting endeavours.

For further information on Team Singapore, please visit www.teamsingapore.com.sg

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About Singapore Sports Council
The Singapore Sports Council aims to transform the nation through sport, by inspiring people and uniting communities. As the national sports agency, we work with a vast network of public-private-and people sector partners to create access, opportunities and capabilities for individuals to live better through sports. As detailed in the Vision 2030 Live Better Through Sports recommendations, our mandate goes beyond driving participation and winning medals. At SSC, we use sport to create resilient, tenacious people, an appreciation for teamwork, a commitment to purpose, strong united communities and national pride. 

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About Singapore Disability Sports Council
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About the Singapore National Olympic Council
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is the national nonprofit organisation that coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at the major games such as the Olympics, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the South East Asian Games. Singapore's involvement in the Games is resolutely anchored in the Olympic ideals that were first espoused by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in 1894. For more information, please visit www.snoc.org.sg.
 

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