Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and Sport Singapore (SportSG), and co-hosted by Singapore Disability Sports Council and Special Olympics Singapore, the inaugural Inclusive Sport Conference 2021 (ISC 2021) took place from 16 – 18 March.
Emphasising the importance of embracing inclusivity within the community, President Halimah Yacob who graced the event as Guest-of-Honour said, “Today’s conference serves as a new but important platform to bring all stakeholders in the disability ecosystem together. I am confident that the ideas and discussions put forth at today’s conference can catalyse partnerships among the many stakeholders in Singapore’s disability community, to empower Persons with Disabilities through sport and build a more inclusive society.”
The three-day virtual conference discussed topics ranging from the individual level to community and ecosystem levels, targeting specific focus areas and knowledge gaps surrounding inclusion and adapted sports. The conference aims to strengthen Singapore’s ecosystem for inclusive sports by first establishing a baseline on disability sports and capability building, with a long-term view towards international and regional partnerships.
Themed Forge Forward Together tying in with its tagline Towards an Inclusive Society through Sports, the conference takes a multi-pronged approach to inform the basis of the ecosystem surrounding disability sports, with its sub-themes focusing on:
- Sport and health and wellness for PwDs (Individual based)
- Multi-agency partnerships towards a collaborative ecosystem
- Co-creation of projects and initiatives for greater social integration through sports
ISC 2021 attracted more than 700 registered participants including persons with disabilities and their families, Special Olympics athletes, sport practitioners, educators, students, allied professionals, caregivers and volunteers. Keynote speakers include Mr Ken Black from The Inclusion Club, Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang from the Singapore Disability Sports Council and Captain Roger Loh from Special Olympics Singapore.
For more details on ISC 2021, please contact Ms. Stefanie Ang at firstname.lastname@example.org