SINGAPORE: International experts in the field of disability sports will be conducting courses in Singapore to impart their knowledge to local coaches, under a partnership announced on Wednesday (Nov 23) between the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Sport Singapore (SportSG).
Courses will be conducted several times a year, targeted at those who train para athletes, as well as other coaches who wish to transition into disability sport.
An education framework to develop Paralympic coaching and other para sport technical capabilities will be established under the Singapore Sports Institute’s (SSI) coaching development programme in the next two years, said SportSG.
"We have seen a significant increase in demand among our coaches and sports professionals for information and development opportunities to support those working with persons with disabilities," said Troy Engle, director of coach development at the Singapore Sports Institute.
Beyond Singapore, the partnership also aims to facilitate the growth of para sports in Southeast Asia, with course participants from around the region.
“As the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, we are delighted to establish this partnership with Sport Singapore and share our expertise in sports technical, Paralympic awareness and National Paralympic Committee management education," said IPC's summer sports director Ryan Montgomery.
He added that he is confident SportSG will be "a true leader" in developing Paralympic sports, with a focus on the Southeast Asian region.
Interested coaches can find out more about the courses by emailing Info_ParaSports@sport.gov.sg.