Certis to Help Persons with Disabilities Realise their Sporting Ambitions with Launch of Dare to Dream initiative

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Certis to Help Persons with Disabilities Realise their Sporting Ambitions with Launch of Dare to Dream initiative

23 February 2022

Certis to Help Persons with Disabilities Realise their Sporting Ambitions with Launch of Dare to Dream initiative

Certis has launched a new partnership with the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) to encourage more persons with disabilities to lead active and healthy lives, as well as realise their sporting ambitions. Known as the ‘Dare to Dream’ initiative, Certis will commit a donation of S$30,000 to kick-start the programme.

The launch of the partnership was held at the Sport Singapore Auditorium at the Singapore Sports Hub and graced by Guest of Honour Mr Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Trade and Industry and Mr Paul Chong, President & Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Certis.

A key programme under the ‘Dare to Dream’ initiative is the ‘Certis Superheroes Challenge’ that will help enable both Certis and SDSC to scout, identify new talent and groom the next generation of para athletes. Certis employees will be actively involved in this process and trained as para sports facilitators. Under the challenge, sessions will be designed by SDSC to measure the fitness levels such as endurance, flexibility, speed and strength of persons with various disabilities. A questionnaire, based on insights of their lifestyle, personality and interests, will also be introduced by SDSC to identify their mental attributes. Through the combination of physical and mental profiling, SDSC will be able to collect normative¹ data for local para athlete development and help persons with disabilities get active and healthy by matching them to suitable sports.

‘Dare to Dream’ will also see Certis fuel the aspirations of the national goalball women’s team. Goalball is a team sport designed for athletes with vision impairment and is one of two sports with no Olympic counterpart. Certis’ donation will enable the team to travel overseas to participate in competitions, ensuring the team is fit for the next ASEAN Para Games. Singapore’s national goalball women’s team is currently ranked 44th in the world and 9th in Asia.

“Certis believes in providing disadvantaged groups with equal opportunities to success. Throughout our history, we have been committed to giving back to the community. We are glad to be able to partner the Singapore Disability Sports Council and write the next chapter of Singapore’s disability sports story together. Through ‘Dare to Dream’, we are helping to ignite passion and empowering persons with disabilities to maximise their full potential. We are excited to collaborate and I look forward to Certis employees being fully engaged in the activities and supporting this purposeful programme,” said Mr Paul Chong, President and Group CEO, Certis.

“We believe that persons with disabilities can succeed in many ways through para sport. While elite para athletes can do well at high performance competitions, other persons with disabilities can also succeed by engaging actively and participating well in sport, such as becoming healthier and making new connections. We are excited to launch this partnership with Certis, to make disability sports more accessible to persons with disabilities, and uncover the next generation of disability sports talent. We hope more partners can come on board to partner us to transform the lives of persons with disabilities”, Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, President, SDSC.

“The past two years have been challenging for the team and we have had to adapt to the COVID-19 situation through different gameplay formats or virtual training. We are grateful to Certis for helping us to get back to competitions. We will train hard to make Singapore and our supporters proud,” shared Ms Inez Hung, captain of national goalball women’s team.

“Our disability sports ecosystem has grown from strength to strength over the years. This is because our athletes, sporting fraternity, government and corporates have worked closely together to increase awareness and participation. The government will continue to facilitate partnerships and conversations to further develop disability sports. We will discover and groom more sporting talents as we continue to build an inclusive sporting culture where Persons with Disabilities have even more opportunities to experience sports,” said Mr Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Certis’ donation to SDSC will be matched dollar-for-dollar under the Tote Board Enhanced Fundraising Programme.

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