The first ASEAN Para Games (APG) hosted by Singapore drew to a close on 9 December, with much to celebrate. With a record haul of 24 gold, 17 silver and 22 bronze medals, this is Singapore’s best performance to date, surpassing the 16-gold haul from 2001.
This would not have been possible without the support the athletes have been receiving, in terms of funding and sports science. After the flame of the Games is doused, the challenge presented to athletes and officials is to keep the momentum going, by continuing to raise the standards. Organisers hope this has paved the way for a more inclusive Singaporean society.
At the closing ceremony at Marina Bay Sands, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated the athletes for their efforts, and President Tony Tan commented on Facebook yesterday (9 Dec) that the athletes are “role models on how we should focus on what we can do to be the best that we can be regardless of circumstances".
Almost 100,000 spectators attended the week-long event, the 8th APG showcased the skills of over 1,000 athletes with disabilities from Singapore and nine other countries.
Singapore took the fifth spot among the 10 countries, with Thailand (95-76-79), Indonesia (81-74-63) and Malaysia (52-58-37) claiming the top three spots.
Source: “Asean Para Games: 24 golds for Singapore, and a lasting legacy” (The Straits Times, 10 Dec 2015); “Para Games close on a high note for Singapore” (TODAY, 10 Dec 2015)