Graced by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, the community will be treated to an afternoon of fun and festivities at the Marina Bay Promenade in a bid to encourage everyone to embrace an event that is all about inclusiveness and courage to rise above life’s challenges.
“Let us come together as one for Team Singapore in the forthcoming ASEAN Para Games. Through the Games, we hope that more Singaporeans of different abilities will realise their potential, participate in sport and lead active and healthy lives,” said Minister Fu. “Our athletes have been training very hard, and we need everyone to rally behind them. Your support will make a difference!”
Minister Fu is also the Chairperson of the 8th ASEAN Para Games Steering Committee.
A shared identity with Team Singapore
The fun-filled day will see the community enjoy a scenic Reindeer Walk-a-Wheelathon – a two-kilometre walk around the Marina Bay Promenade. As an annual event organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council, participants will also be joined by Team Singapore athletes and officials as they traverse along the Bay.
Along the way, participants will be given an opportunity to witness the human formation of a red heart in a show of inclusiveness and support for disability sports as well as our Team Singapore athletes for the 8th ASEAN Para Games.
The highlight of the day’s proceedings will see everyone coming together to witness the ceremonial lighting of the ASEAN Para Games flame as well the official flag presentation to officially commemorate the Team Singapore athletes’ journey towards inspiring the nation at the 8th ASEAN Para Games.
Witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Teo and Minister Fu, the traditional flag presentation will see Mr Raja Singh, Chef-de-Mission (CDM) of the Team Singapore contingent ceremoniously hand the national flag as a symbol of honour to Team Singapore athlete Yip Pin Xiu, who will represent the contingent as the official flag bearer of the Games.
Says CDM Raja Singh, “Our Team Singapore athletes have always been giving us every reason the cheer and smile. Be it at local or international competitions, they have always given their best to put Singapore on the world stage. The 8th ASEAN Para Games in December is no exception. I know many of them are determined to do their best and I look forward to working with them to deliver an inspiring performance that will make Singapore proud.”
Beaming with pride, Team Singapore athlete Yip Pin Xiu said, “It is a great honour to be the flag bearer for Singapore at the 8th ASEAN Para Games as this is the first time that we are competing at this level on home ground. It is also going to be the first time that most Singaporeans can get to experience a para games. All of us are training hard and we hope to see Singapore get behind us, dressed up in red to support us at the games and beyond.”
The contingent of 157 athletes and 91 officials will be the largest contingent Singapore has ever fielded for a major para Games.
About the 8th ASEAN Para Games
The 8th ASEAN Para Games will be held from 3 to 9 December 2015, with Singapore Sports Hub as the main venue for the Games. The Games are held in conjunction with Singapore’s 50th anniversary and will host more than 3,000 athletes and officials from the region. Adopting the theme of Celebrate the Extraordinary, the Games aims to promote friendship and solidarity amongst persons with disabilities in the ASEAN region through Sports, to promote and develop Sports for the differently abled, and rehabilitate and integrate persons with disabilities into mainstream society through Sports.
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