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Growing the multidisciplinary facets of the sports movement  

For the first time in Singapore, academic members and key industry players in the sports industry gathered at the inaugural Classifying Disability & Sports Technology Conference (CDSTC) to “mobilise the sports movement in Asia”. Experts from various fields conference sought to share current information, research and expertise embodying aspects of both able-bodied and disability sports.

Organised by the Disability Classification and Research Centre (DCRC) Asia, which was founded by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) to grow disability sports in Asia, CDSTC has brought together sports scientists, sport medicine practitioners, bioengineers, coaches, athletes and sport administrators together to encourage and promote cross-disciplinary professional exchanges and opportunities to familiarise with the various aspects of able-bodied and disability sports.

The conference, which took place in November at Singapore’s newest airport hotel, Crowne Plaza Changi hotel, was officially opened by Guest of Honour Ms Jessie Phua, Nominated Member of the Parliament of Singapore who is also the President of Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) or International Bowling Federation.

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Doubles Power paves the way for NTU
 
They beat Temasek Polytechnic 3-1 in Cheers Post Secondary Team Challenge 2008 final
 
 
(Singapore, 06 December 2008) - The Nanyang Technological University clinched the inaugural Cheers Post-Secondary Team Challenge 2008 after securing a morale-boosting win in the keenly fought opening men’s doubles.

In that match, Temasek Polytechnic’s Aaron Tan and Chew Swee Hau, and Ng Wei Pin and Hamon Shen of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) served up a captivating display of badminton. Indeed, sections of the crowd could be heard saying: “Beautiful!”

No more than two points separated the pairings at any point during the keenly fought first-set, and with the score at 11-10, Hamon delivered two consecutive mid-air smashes that Aaron barely managed to block. His third smash in Swee Hau’s direction left the latter sprawled on the ground face down after he dived to block unsuccessfully. 

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10
First time’s the Charm

Breaking last year’s record with a crowd of over 50,000 participants, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008 was without a doubt, a smashing success. The crowd includes elite athletes from all over the world, locals and foreigners. Majority were past participants who were back for more, but for some, it was their first.

Joining the competition for the first-time is Diego from Colombia. When asked why he decided to join the race, he grinned as he said, “I wanted to prove I was able to do it and I did it.” He also added, “I was very surprised by the crowd.”

 He is not alone. Peter from Kenya was yet another person taken aback by the crowd. However, his reason for joining the competition differs from Diego’s.  “I wanted to participate to see how I fared compared to other runners. It was a good experience as I got to run with world-class runners.”

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Young Singaporean Athletes Display Spirit, How About you?

Singapore Sports School recently played host to young athletes from countries such as Australia, Japan and Thailand. They were in town for the International Youth Sports Challenge, a 9-day event comprising of soccer, netball and table-tennis competitions and even, a carnival.

“This event started out as a soccer competition but now it’s a successful formula to bring in teams in other sports. It was to give exposure for students to play against international quality players and to prepare them for future competitions,” said Mr. Rajan, the Soccer General Manager of the school.

 The event also served as a platform for the young athletes, to make friends and strengthen the bonds of friendship within their teams. Team Manager of the Australian team, Mr Brooke said, “Overall, I think friendships are a big thing, in order to have fun and play the sport that they love, well.”

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10


Standard Chartered Marathon Pasta Party

It is one day prior to the celebrated Standard Chartered marathon, yet some elite athletes and participants have already gathered at the Padang. What has brought them here is the final carbo-loading Pasta Party session that will fill them with ample energy for their run.

Aside from the food, which there is a wide array of, including desserts such as fresh fruits and cakes, there is definitely no shortage of entertainment for the party. Participants are treated to a total of 3 live bands, King Kong Jane, Punnet and Supernova, who played music ranging from catchy pop to soothing jazz for the entire 2 hours. For introductions and breaks in-between, there is the charismatic emcee, Matt Harris, who was specially flown in from Australia for the Standard Chartered Marathon.

It is evident that everyone is having a good time at the Pasta Party with many piling their plates up high and then going for seconds and thirds. Johnson Lim, 32, is one of the many enjoying the food and ambience. This is the first time he is attempting a Standard Chartered Marathon and he states “personal achievement” and “testing my limits” as motivating factors.

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It is one day prior to the celebrated Standard Chartered marathon, yet some elite athletes and participants have already gathered at the Padang. What has brought them here is the final carbo-loading Pasta Party session that will fill them with ample energy for their run.

Aside from the food, which there is a wide array of, including desserts such as fresh fruits and cakes. There is definitely no shortage of entertainment for the party. Participants are treated to a total of 3 live bands, King Kong Jane, Punnet and Supernova, who played music ranging from catchy pop to soothing jazz for the entire 2 hours. For introductions and breaks in-between, there is the charismatic emcee, Matt Harris, who was specially flown in from Australia for the Standard Chartered Marathon.

It is evident that everyone is having a good time at the Pasta Party with many piling their plates up high and then going for seconds and thirds. Johnson Lim, 32, is one of the many enjoying the food and ambience. This is the first time he is attempting a Standard Chartered Marathon and he states “personal achievement” and “testing my limits” as motivating factors.

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Breaking last year’s record with a crowd of over 50,000 participants, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008 was without a doubt, a smashing success. The crowd includes elite athletes from all over the world, locals and foreigners. Majority were past participants who were back for more, but for some, it was their first.

Joining the competition for the first-time is Diego from Colombia. When asked why he decided to join the race, he grinned as he said, “I wanted to prove I was able to do it and I did it.” He also added, “I was very surprised by the crowd.”

 He is not alone. Peter from Kenya was yet another person taken aback by the crowd. However, his reason for joining the competition differs from Diego’s.  “I wanted to participate to see how I fared compared to other runners. It was a good experience as I got to run with world-class runners.”

[Read the rest of this article...]

09
Singapore Sports School recently played host to young athletes from countries such as Australia, Japan and Thailand. They were in town for the International Youth Sports Challenge, a 9-day event comprising of soccer, netball and table-tennis competitions and even, a carnival.

“This event started out as a soccer competition but now it’s a successful formula to bring in teams in other sports. It was to give exposure for students to play against international quality players and to prepare them for future competitions,” said Mr. Rajan, the Soccer General Manager of the school.

The event also served as a platform for the young athletes, to make friends and strengthen the bonds of friendship within their teams. Team Manager of the Australian team, Mr Brooke said, “Overall, I think friendships are a big thing, in order to have fun and play the sport that they love, well.”

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09
 

It’s just a marathon? Think again.

 “I know I had to do it once in my life. As long as I set my mind to it, I can do it,” says Mr Krishna, 38, a full marathon runner at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.

To accommodate the increase in the number of participants this year, the race route was revised. Incorporating the iconic Benjamin Sheares Bridge and the Singapore Flyer for the first time, the aim was to deliver the best race experience on the event day.

This was the first race in Singapore for 31 year old, Indonesian marathoner, Darwin Rianto. Having ran in other races, as the New York City Marathon, Darwin raved about his experience here and said that the event “is comparable” to the one in New York.

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07
The Spirit of Volunteering
Working at least 10 full hours a day for 4 straight days, this is the average work-week for a regular events volunteer. As if the working hours are not daunting enough, they have to face difficult customers occasionally and handle them with a smile on their face. Sounds tough? These volunteers are more than willing to do their job.

With minimal allowance, but meals provided, the volunteers from this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon entry-pack collection are sustained by their passion for volunteering.

Stepping into the large hall after being greeted by friendly ushers at the entrance, the first thought that would come to your mind is “well-organised”. The booths are lined neatly at the side, directions placed at appropriate points, and affable marshals to assist human-traffic flow; these volunteers have definitely done a great job at preparing for the massive 55,000 crowd that would arrive to collect their entry-packs.

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