The award-winning fitness company announces partnership with SDSC that will see the sponsorship of 12 para athletes in support of their journey to the 9th ASEAN Para Games
Singapore, 11 April 2015 – Fitness First today announced its 18-month sponsorship agreement with the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) to support the nation’s para athletes as they train for their biggest sporting event of the year, the 9th ASEAN Para Games. With this agreement, Fitness First becomes the first official fitness partner of the SDSC.
In recent years, Fitness First has affirmed its commitment to the local sporting and fitness community by partnering with the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) in support of TeamSG. This sponsorship with SDSC represents the company’s first initiative to work alongside athletes with disabilities in Singapore, and strengthens Fitness First’s aim to help all athletes take their sporting ambitions further.
The SDSC is the only organisation in Singapore that reaches across all disability groups, providing para athletes with recreational, rehabilitative and competitive sports services. Under the agreement, Fitness First will offer Passport memberships to 12 non-carded athletes and four officials on the SDSC’s goalball team, a team sport designed for visually impaired athletes. These memberships allow the athletes access to all Fitness First clubs in Singapore and over 300 clubs overseas.
Andrew Phillips, Managing Director at Fitness First Singapore says, “We are committed to providing Singapore’s para athlete community with a dedicated space to train for the 9th ASEAN Para Games, especially since they’re competing as relatively new athletes and may not have the same funding and support as more established athletes. We recognise the challenges that emerging athletes face as they grow their sporting careers, and as one of the largest fitness club networks in Singapore, we’re very pleased to contribute our resources to provide these athletes with every opportunity to perform at their best. The hard work and commitment of our athletes is a source of inspiration for our members and the community.”
Mr Henry Tan, Executive Director of Singapore Disability Sports Council shared, “We are pleased to be working with Fitness First to help our Goalball Athletes train for the 9th ASEAN Para Games, their biggest sporting event of the year. Reaffirming our commitment to supporting member athletes in their pursuit for sporting excellence, the facilities will enhance strength and conditioning training, a critical component of their preparation for the Games.”
“The Goalball team is grateful for Fitness First’s support in giving us access to a dedicated space and a comprehensive range of modern equipment to train with,” said para athlete and Goalball Team Captain Marc Chiang. “We’re excited to start running drills at the Fitness First club on Market Street and at the same time, we also hope to raise awareness of para-sports among Singapore’s fitness community.”
With this arrangement, the para athletes will be able to benefit from the network of Fitness First clubs and its premium offerings around the world to consistently train and perform at their best. The para athletes will also receive dedicated access to certain facilities at the club on Market Street, conveniently located by Raffles Place MRT station.
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About Singapore Disability Sports Council
About Singapore Disability Sports Council SDSC is the only organisation in Singapore that caters to sports for persons across all kinds of disabilities. It aims to help persons with disability lead full and independent lives through sports. Besides providing sporting opportunities for them to realise their potential, SDSC trains talents to represent Singapore and pursue excellence at regional and international competitions. Find out more at www.sdsc.org.sg or www.facebook.com/SingaporeDisabilitySportsCouncil
Goalball is a team sport designed for the visually impaired. Introduced in 1946, the game was devised by Austrian Hanz Lorenzen and German Sepp Reindle in an effort to rehabilitate World War II veterans. The game is played in teams of 3. Athletes attempt to score by rolling a ball equipped with bells into the opposing team’s goal. The sound of the bells attached to the ball guide defenders who use their bodies to block against these shots.
All athletes (full blind and partially sighted) are required to wear eyeshades and eye patches to ensure a level playing field.
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