Electric atmosphere at the Tiger Balm National Boccia Championships 2023, which returned after a three-year hiatus
- ASEAN Para Games and Asian Youth Para Games medalist Aloysius Gan won the BC3 male category in the championships
- Paralympian Nurulasyiqah Bte Muhd Taha wins every round robin match in the BC3 female category, emerging first
- Handprinting ceremony held at at Championship to mark 50 years of parasport in Singapore
From left to right: Mr Brian Loo, Mr Kagan Gan, Mr Aloysius Gan, Mr Eric Chua, Ms Angeline Peh, Ms Yurnita Omar
Organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the Tiger Balm National Boccia Championships 2023 saw an electric atmosphere at the Pasir Ris ActiveSG Centre on 11 and 12 March 2023, as 26 para athletes sparred relentlessly across four categories – BC1, BC2, BC3, and BC4/5 – to fight for the national titles. The championship finally returned after a hiatus of almost three years, since the disruption from the pandemic from 2020.
Ryan Chandru, 3rd place in the BC3 Men’s
Though the championship saw familiar names emerging tops in their various categories – ASEAN Para Games and Asian Youth Para Games medalist Aloysius Gan in the BC3 males category, Paralympian Nurulasyiqah Bte Muhammad Taha in the BC3 females category, and world ranked number 3 Jeralyn Tan in the BC1 females category – the chase by new kids on the block was evident, with 10-year-old Ryan Chandru taking the bronze in the BC3 males category, making a name for himself in his debut nationals as the youngest medal winner of the championship.
To spread awareness and understanding for para sports, SDSC also organised an I’mPossible learning journey for schools and organisations to try out their hand in boccia at the event, elevating their spectator experience.
Guest of Honour Eric Chua, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Social and Family Development, graced the occasion to cheer on the para athletes. Together with Mr Brian Loo, Group General Manager of Haw Par Corporation; Ms Yurnita Omar, coach representative; Aloysius Gan, athlete representative; and Ms Angeline Peh, Vice President of the SDSC, Mr Eric Chua participated in a handprint ceremony to commemorate the SDSC’s 50th anniversary.
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