SINGAPORE: The Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC) believes it can field a strong contingent for the 2015 edition of the Games which will be held here.
Speaking on Sunday at a ceremony to honour Singapore's gold-medal heroes at the 2013 ASEAN Para Games, Associate Professor Mohan Menon, chairman of SNPC, said there is a need to develop the talent pool, and also to provide focused training and coaching to the athletes.
"Now many of these coaching activities may not even be available in Singapore so we are looking at ways to see how we can send our athletes abroad so that we can have better training facilities and better coaching facilities," he said.
In response to the government's recent promise to provide more support for Singapore's para athletes, Associate Professor Menon said the SNPC is "extremely thrilled".
"In recent times, (Singapore's para athletes) have really stepped up and they are performing quite well, so I think the 2015 Games will be a perfect catalyst to bring in more resources, whether by way of financial resources or any other support functions that are available, so that we can improve the coaching and training of our athletes," he said.
The appreciation ceremony on Sunday was attended by para athletes, their families and sponsors.
Five para athletes, including boccia player Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha and swimmer Theresa Goh, were presented with cheques totalling S$15,000.
They were among 52 disabled athletes who competed in Myanmar. - CNA/fa
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