Sports

At MDAS, we believe that the sports is a universal activity and so exceedingly beneficial for an individual's well being that no one should be denied the opportunity to participate in it. As a recreational activity, it produces the feel good vibes. For both play and competition, sports provide an excellent opportunity for social interaction, especially for the young and it also promotes a healthy lifestyle and improves a person's overall well being. In view of these, MDAS organises regular Boccia and Power Soccer training sessions to encourage a sporting lifestyle among our members within their means.

ABOUT BOCCIA

The world of Boccia is an enthralling one. Right from the start, one has to master its pronunciation, "botcha". Boccia is a game similar to Lawn Bowling but it is played on hard court, usually a flat wooden, carpeted or concrete surface. Unlike Lawn Bowling, it can be played both indoors and outdoors.

MDAS introduced Boccia in 2000 because it is especially suitable for people with Muscular Dystrophy. Originated in Italy, a ball game played by the ancient Greeks, it was developed into a sport for persons with cerebral palsy, and later became an international competitive sport to include those with muscular dystrophy. Boccia is also played at the World Boccia Championships, ASEAN Para Games and the Paralympics.

The whole idea of the game is for two players to out-do each other. The player who throws or rolls his or her ball nearest to a target ball wins the game! It is a game of skills, much like computer-car-racing, which exercises your hand-eye co-ordination. It is also a game of strategy that exercises your brainpower!

ABOUT POWER SOCCER

Power Soccer was officially launched in Singapore by MDAS on 27 February 2009 at the Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall. The historic event was officiated by Ms Denise Phua, MP for Jalan Besar GRC in the presence of a special guest Mr Aide Iskandar, an ex-National Team Captain.

As the name suggests, Power Soccer is a refreshing form of soccer designed with motorised wheelchair users in mind. It originated in France in the 1970s but the rules of the game were only unified by the international organisation, Federation International de Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) in 2005. With this landmark event, the sport was played at an all-new level with each game played by two teams of four each on hard courts.

Power Soccer is a favourite amongst our members and for good reason. It requires players to strategically combine their deft manoeuvring skills with the speed of the wheelchair itself, to attack, defend, and spin-kick an oversized soccer ball to score goals. As the game may potentially result in accidents and injuries, the rules have also modified to ensure the safety of the players. Nonetheless, the objective of the game remains - to score more goals than the opponents to win.

Apart from acquiring soccer skills, Power Soccer also enables the players to display excellent sportsmanship, communicate better with one another, foster a sense of camaraderie and most importantly, improve their physical well being.

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