Singapore was very honored to be the host for the 8th ASEAN Para Games (3 to 9 December 2015), with 15 sports (archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, cerebral palsy football, chess, football 5-a-side, goal ball, powerlifting, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, wheelchair basketball) for the athletes with disabilities. The 10 countries who participated in this sports event were Brunei,
Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Nila is the Mascot for the event. He was always exuding a bundle of positive energy and burning passion for the sports, cheering the athletes.
I was one of the 3,000 volunteers in this extraordinary event! Being part of the Victory Ceremony workforce, my role as an Athlete Chaperon was to usher the winners of each event to the holding area & prepare them to go on stage to receive their medal, a mark of their achievement. It was indeed a celebration of the extraordinary. Coupled with the courage to go against all odds, everyone of them is a winner to me!
As much as I went with the intention to give my time in a meaningful way, I returned home gaining more than expected. The participants:
- translated their physical disabilities into a lifetime opportunity instead of dwelling in bitterness,
- accepted the challenges of the sports and live a life with no limits,
- gave themselves the chance to be part of the celebration of the extraordinary.
In fact, everyone of us has our own disabilities. We tend to blame others for our failures. We call it quit before putting up a good fight, because we think the situation may not be at our advantage.
Indeed, they are the living testimony of what I have written in my previous post:
- Living Above the Line creates Personal Power!
- When you are Above the Line, you are the Victor!
They will always be my heroes who live their lives Above the Line.