With less than a month to the 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG), a short respite from training was probably just what the 158-strong Team Singapore contingent needed.
And what better way to make it count than through a session of fun-filled activities, bonding, and reflection? The Team Singapore camp, held over four sessions on 7 and 8 November at the Singapore Sports Institute, did just that.
The four-hour programme got the athletes engaged in a variety of activities – from icebreakers and team-building games to in-depth sharing and reflection.
In groups, the athletes shared their personal stories and aspirations, including the legacies that they hoped to leave behind for future generations of athletes. During the “Athletes’ Café” segment, participants got the opportunity to hear from more seasoned athletes about their experience on having participated in major Games.
Said Savannah Siew, Team Singapore sailor at the 28th Southeast Asian Games: “This camp was a great opportunity to get to know my fellow Team Singapore Athletes competing in the upcoming 8th ASEAN Para Games. It was heartening to hear about their life stories and their determination and focus is inspiring. I got the opportunity to share my SEA Games experiences today, and I’m going to be within the 5 million strong team Singapore contingent cheering them on.”
To spur the contingent on, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu, who is also Chairman of the 8th APG Steering Committee, joined athletes in the first of two sessions held today. Ms Fu spent time mingling with the athletes while painting alongside them pieces of the Team Singapore Art Collage – an artwork that is meant to symbolise the many facets of Team Singapore coming together as one.