ASEAN Para Games best celebratory moments

From hugs and kisses to high fives and dances, APG2015 showed us that when it comes to celebrating triumphs, there are a myriad of possibilities

Seven days of spectacular sports action: a gallery of triumphs and celebrations
Seven days of spectacular sports action: a gallery of triumphs and celebrations
09 Dec 2015

Seven days of spectacular sports action: a gallery of triumphs and celebrations

After an action-packed and uplifting week of competition, many of us were touched and inspired by the spirit of the athletes at the ASEAN Para games (APG). And as the biennial multi-sport event comes to a close today (9 Dec), we look back at some of the finest moments of victories at the Games and how they were celebrated.

Rah rah ooh la la
Rah rah ooh la la
09 Dec 2015

Rah rah ooh la la

Photo: Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters Livepic

Rah rah ooh la la… we could tell Singapore’s Muhammad Haziq Bin Ibrahim was all set and ready to kick off his run in the men's 400m heat when he showed us how he rahh-ed his way out of his pre-games jitters with this Lady Ga Ga-inspired pose.

A warm embrace
A warm embrace
09 Dec 2015

A warm embrace

Photo: Huang Xiaolong/ Sport Singapore

Flashing a smile of huge relief, Indonesia's Suryo Nugroho (left) shared a warm and happy embrace with teammate Oddie Kurnia Dwi Listyanto after his 2-1 win in the Badminton Men's Singles, SU5 Match.

A top para-shuttler in his country, Suryo was already a budding professional badminton player until an accident took away his left arm at 12. Now 20 years old, the shuttler sees badminton as his life and wants to bag a win at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

High-fives everywhere
High-fives everywhere
09 Dec 2015

High-fives everywhere

Photo Credit: Simon Pek/ Sport Singapore

Elation was written all over the Thai Cerebral Palsy footballers’ faces as they gave each other high fives after a goal. And they have every reason to celebrate. The Thais were on a roll at the Games, having blazed their way through the round robin rounds against Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar, and will be battling for the Gold at their final match happening today (9 Dec) afternoon.

Celebratory dances
Celebratory dances
09 Dec 2015

Celebratory dances

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With synchronised footwork and hand movements, the boys of Singapore’s cerebral palsy football team, (L-R) Suhaimi Bin Sudar, Muhammad Taufiq Bin Baharin and Muhammad Shafiq Bin Ariff, were in the mood for a little celebratory dance after scoring a gold against Malaysia on Monday (7 Dec). Singapore eventually won the match 4-2. Watch some of the golden moments of the match here

Handshake with the little one
Handshake with the little one
09 Dec 2015

Handshake with the little one

Photo: Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters Livepic

It didn’t matter that Singapore shooter Faridah Bte Salleh failed to get a medal at the final of the R2 10m Air Rifle Standing Women competition. With strong backing from her family members (whether big or small), we think Faridah already feels like a winner - her radiant smile here proves it.

Sharing the joy
Sharing the joy
09 Dec 2015

Sharing the joy

Photo: Seow Gim Hong/ Sport Singapore

Even though her attention was still on the scoreboard, Vietnamese swimmer Trinh Thi Bich Nhu did not forget to share her joy at winning with a fellow competitor in the next lane.

A top swimmer in Vietnam, Trinh first made history at the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games where she took home the country’s first gold medal.

A wave of joy
A wave of joy
09 Dec 2015

A wave of joy

Photo: Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters Livepic

They would shoot a love arrow if they could. Instead, Singaporean archers Robert Fuchs and Nur Syahidah Binte Alim acknowledged the overwhelming support from spectators by waving their bows and arrows up in the air after their gold medal win in the Archery Mixed Team Compound Open category.

Take a bow
Take a bow
09 Dec 2015

Take a bow

Photo: Suki Singh / SAPGOC

Go on, take a bow. An exhausted Krishna Kumar Hari Das was so moved by his win he went down on bended knees after crossing the finishing line. The track athlete contributed to Malaysia’s second athletics gold medal in the men’s 400m T38 event after clocking 58.04 seconds.

Hugs and kisses
Hugs and kisses
09 Dec 2015

Hugs and kisses

Photo: Chin KK/ Sport Singapore

Awww, how sweet! Thailand’s Chatchai Senachan, who won gold at the R5 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed (SH2) event, was congratulated with a kiss on his forehead by a team member at the victory ceremony.

A hug
A hug
09 Dec 2015

A hug

Photo: Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters Livepic

Singaporean swimmer Toh Wei Soong gave a heartfelt hug to Singapore Disability Sports Council President Teo Koh Sock Miang after bagging his third gold medal for the nation.

Unlike his fellow compatriots, the 17-year-old debutant at the APG is not one to engage in high-fives, preferring to staying calm after his wins. In fact, the teenager told the media shortly after winning his first gold at the men's 100m freestyle that he does not wish to be “complacent” because a win is “just a springboard for higher things”.


Fly to the sky
Fly to the sky
09 Dec 2015

Fly to the sky

Photo: Ian Jo/Sport Singapore

Soar to the sky we did… with a record-breaking gold medal haul for Singapore at the Games. Team Singapore won 24 golds, 17 silvers and 22 bronzes surpassing the Republic’s record of 37 medals (16 golds, 10 silvers and 11 bronzes) in the inaugural Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2001.

With such a brilliant score card, little wonder why Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and volunteers celebrated with a sky-high leap.

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