Stroke survivors take centre stage

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 04 Nov 2019

Joint champions of the Nasam Stroke Games 2019, the Petaling Jaya and Melaka contingents, showing off their trophy. (Right) Janet congratulating Betty (right) for winning the gold medal in the handcycle event.

THERE was plenty of heartwarming moments at the Nasam Stroke Games 2019 that was held at the Panasonic National Sports Complex in Shah Alam, with stroke survivors from all over the country participating in the games.

The event was organised by National Stroke Association of Malaysia (Nasam). Organisation founder and chairman Janet Yeo said the games was Nasam’s biggest event since its introduction in 2017.

Stroke games is a sporting event for stroke survivors, born out of the belief that sports and playing games heal the brain. It is also a celebration of life after a stroke showcasing remarkable possibilities of recovery.

The event was held with the support of HSBC Malaysia, Sime Darby Foundation, TA Group Bhd, Bangsar Village shopping centre, Magnum Cares and ResMed Malaysia.

Malaysia Productivity Corporation partron Tun Jeanne Abdullah, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh and representatives of corporate sponsors were also present at the opening ceremony.

HSBC Malaysia chief executive officer Stuart Milne said Nasam was a great example of inclusivity that empowered stroke survivors to feel supported and engaged despite the daily physical challenges they faced.

“We wish this fighting spirit of a stroke champion is ignited in every person affected by stroke no matter where they are.

“It is inspiring to see people overcome a devastating event in their life. They show us the human spirit and the will to move forward.

“These people are part of the community and we have the obligation to give back through programmes like this, ” he added.

As a stroke survivor, Sime Darby Property Bhd acting group chief executive officer Datuk Wan Hashimi Albakri Wan Ahmad Amin Jaffri said he understood the uphill battle faced by stroke victims in their journey to recovery.

“Good physical and emotional support is crucial as stroke survivors may experience post-stroke depression due to the limitations of their physical functions and sudden changes to their perspective on life.

“We hope this event demonstrates that there is life after a stroke and that early awareness and advocacy can help reduce the risk of stroke among Malaysians, ” he said.

Some of the games included handcycle and modified archery in the Men and Women categories, as well as relay race, seated volleyball and darts in the Mixed Teams category.

Nasam stroke ambassador Betty Ng, 68, who suffered from a stroke five years ago, won the first gold for women in the handcycle game.

“I am so excited and so is my daughter who has been taking care of me, ” said Betty.

“The training and all the games designed are beneficial to us.

“Everyone had a competition that they could participate in. It is good to meet stroke survivors from other associations, ” she added.

Nasam communications coordinator Vanaja Dhanan said 800 people participated this year, including about 150 volunteers from corporations, universities and hospitals.

“We are so humbled that for this year’s games, the Singapore National Stroke Association also took part as our guest and exchanged ideas with us.”

Ng Lin Fang, 23, a physiotherapy student from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, said she participated in the games to see for herself how stroke patients were resilient and she was not disappointed.

“I feel so overwhelmed and happy to see how they performed. I feel so proud of them, ” said Lin Fang.After two days of intense competition, the Petaling Jaya and Melaka contingents were declared joint champions of the Nasam Stroke Games 2019 with Perak coming in second.

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