Project Para Games
Values in Action: Project Champions Way cum Singapore Sports School Para Games
As part of Project Champions Way, Singapore Sports School organised the Singapore Sports School Para Games on 30 June 2018 to encourage sport participation by persons with disabilities. Project Champions Way, a school-wide annual Values in Action initiative, is an opportunity for student-athletes and staff to give back to the community and show support for athletes with disabilities.
The Para Games, a collaborative effort with Singapore Disability Sports Council, saw over 300 para athletes compete across six sports – athletics, badminton, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis and tenpin bowling – on Sports School’s 1 Champions Way campus. Mr Kon Yin Tong, Deputy Chairman of Sport Singapore, was guest-of-honour and kicked off the event in World Cup style.
“My Project Champions Way experience was an eye opener. Watching the bowlers compete with smiles on their faces and show support for one another, despite having to overcome their physical challenges, made me realise that life more than the medals and glory. The bowlers inspired me to be the best version of myself and to never give up when times are hard. It was a privilege to be given the opportunity to emcee for such resilient and self-determined athletes,” said Secondary 3’s Sarah Nahar Azmi, from the Bowling Academy, who hosted the Opening Ceremony.
More than 250 student-athletes and staff contributed to the success of the Singapore Sports School Para Games as they came together to facilitate the event as competition officials and in other supporting roles.
Project Champions Way includes a fundraising component for Sports School’s two adopted beneficiaries – SDSC and Special Olympics Singapore. Student-athletes and staff attained the 2018 target of $70,000 in six months.
Sports School student-athletes showed their commitment and heart for the less fortunate in their fundraising efforts. Eleven student-athletes requested for additional donation cards after completing their first, while four completed two cards to raise $400 each. The four are: bowler Caitlan Lim Le Yi, netballers Ameerah Jasmine Mohamed Jeffry and Jolyn Deanna Sim Giak Ying, and shooter Heng Jun Boon.
“Singapore Sports School has been privileged to partner Singapore Disability Council and Special Olympics Singapore through Project Champions Way since 2016. Project Champions Way is a school-wide Values in Action initiative for our student-athletes to give back to the sport community. The Project raises our student-athletes’ awareness to the needs of athletes with disabilities,” said Principal Tan Teck Hock.