ASEAN Para Games: Team Singapore contingent attends 2-day camp

A 2-day camp was held for the 158-strong Team Singapore contingent to encourage bonding and build team spirit.

By Posted: 08 Nov 2015 20:50               Updated: 08 Nov 2015 22:36

SINGAPORE: With less than a month to the ASEAN Para Games, Team Singapore – together with the Singapore Sports Institute, the Singapore Disability Sports Council and Agape Group Holdings – held a two-day camp this weekend (Nov 7-8) to encourage bonding and build team spirit among the para-athletes.

Commenting on the reasons for conducting this camp, Deputy Director for Athlete Services & Development, Peggy Tng said: “We wanted to bring our athletes together. Athlete development is not just about the sport science and medicine.

“It’s also about the affective domain, where the athletes begin to clearly understand why they are even in the ASEAN Para Games or the story they want to tell. It is for them to come together as Team Singapore and understand they’re part of this larger legacy.”

About 130 competing athletes attended the camp, where they took part in group activities, such as making a collage of 15 paintings. The 94 athletes competing at the Para Games for the first time also received tips from their more experienced team-mates, as well those who took part in the SEA Games back in June.

Among those dishing out advice is 23-year-old para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu. She has won three gold medals at the ASEAN Para Games, as well as a gold and silver at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

“A few of the athletes are not very seasoned athletes, so it’ll be nice for them to understand what it’s like in competitions,” the three-time ASEAN Para Games gold medallist said.

She added: “It’s a bit late for me to be telling you to ‘go and train very hard now’, so what I did was share with them how rest is important now. It’s important to be able to catch up with rest, to be in tip-top condition and not have any injuries.”

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