50 per cent more father-and-child teams competed in SAFRA AVventura 2013

SINGAPORE - SAFRA Yishun's annual cross-terrain adventure race SAFRA AVventura saw more fathers and their children taking part in the Dads For Life Challenge segment. This is the third year that the segment was introduced.

Mr Chan Chun Sing, Senior Minister of State for Defence and President of SAFRA, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour and presented prizes to the race winners.

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With the growing emphasis on the importance of family bonding in Singapore, more fathers seem to be finding unique ways to bond with their kids.

A total of 64 father-and-child pairs competed at this year's SAFRA AVventura 2013 - a 50 per cent increase as compared to last year's event. A new category was also introduced as part of the Dads For Life Challenge, enabling fathers with teenage children (aged 13 to 17) to compete together. Teams participated in a series of fun-filled challenges such as abseiling, sporting climbing, air weapons shooting and chapteh as they ran and cycled along a short 6.5km race route within the Yishun estate.

Mohammad Hairul Nazwa, 37, took part in the Dads For Life Challenge Junior category with his nine-year-old son, Ian Izree and came in first in their category. Mohammad Hairul commented: "It was an unexpected win for us. We had fun bonding throughout the race. This is the first time we are taking part in an adventure race together and I hope to continue to participate in future races with him."

Mr Sze Toh Khai Munn, Race Director for the SAFRA AVventura 2013 who is a father to a two-year-old, commented, "As fathers, we always hope to have a close bond with our kids even after they grow up. Unique experiences like participating in such events help strengthen the trust between father and child as they work together to overcome the challenges, leaving a positive imprint in the child. I am sure that many of the participating teams have also taken away with them fond memories of the race that they will reminisce in the years ahead."

Apart from fathers and kids, SAFRA AVventura drew 127 teams of adventure racers who put their fitness and endurance to the test in the Ultra, Sprint and Youth categories. While participants in the Ultra category traversed the eastern and northern parts of Singapore along a gruelling race route at least 42km peppered with mystery challenges, teams in the Sprint and Youth categories had the opportunity to kayak along the scenic Punggol Waterway for the very first as part of a shorter 33km race route.

Joseph Foo Chien Boon, 42 and Abdul Hadi Bin Masrom, 41 took home the top prize for the Men's Ultra category with a timing of 5 hours 39 minutes. Abdul Hadi commented: "It was a surprise win for us. as there were a lot of strong competitors in this year's race. But we continued to push on throughtout the race, despite knowing that our competitors were hot on our heels. The toughest part of the race was the navigation challenges, one wrong move could cost us the pole position. The feeling of coming in first is great!"

Mr Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Social & Family Development, Senior Minister of State for Defence and President of SAFRA, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour and presented prizes to the race winners.

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