The 7th ASEAN Para Games was held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar from 14th – 20th January 2014, featuring 12 sports, drawing nearly 2,000 athletes from eleven Southeast Asian countries. Countries taking part were Brunei, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Timor Leste and Myanmar.
Singapore sent a contingent of 88 people (52 athletes, 26 officials and 10 secretariats) led by Chef-De-Mission, Mr Justinian Chua. Ms Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohd Taha (Boccia) was selected as the flag bearer for the games. Singapore competed in five sports, Athletics, Boccia, Football 7-a-side, Swimming and Table Tennis.
Team Singapore secured 7 Gold, 10 Silver, 9 Bronze, a total of 26 Medals. The bulk of the medals came from the Swimming team once again. They attain a total of 18 medals – 5 Gold, 9 Silver and 4 Bronze – a remarkable feat.
The first gold medal was clinched in Women’s 50m Breaststroke S5 by Paralympian Theresa Goh on the following day morning after the Opening Ceremony and it was her season best. She also broke the meet record in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB4.
Swimmer Mr Benson Tan won one gold and two silvers and broke the meet record in the Men’s 100m Freestyle S14.
It was the first time Football 7-a-side team competed in the ASEAN Para Games and they had clinched a Silver medal. It was no easy feat for them as it was their first time participating in a major game where they need to compete against experienced players from various countries.
Boccia player Ms Nurulasyiqah won her first gold medal in BC3 Individual and with her partner, Ms Toh Sze Ning, they also won their first gold medal in BC3 Pairs in the ASEAN Para Games.