Celebrations planned for Yip Pin Xiu's win at Paralympics: Grace Fu

Yip Pin Xiu celebrates winning gold at the 100m backstroke S2 event in the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Sept 10, 2016.
Yip Pin Xiu celebrates winning gold at the 100m backstroke S2 event in the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Sept 10, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - There are plans to celebrate the achievements of Singapore athletes at the Paralympics, Minister Grace Fu said in a Facebook post congratulating swimmer Yip Pin Xiu on her gold medal at the games.

Ms Fu, the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said she was very proud of Yip, who won a gold medal and set a new world record in the 100m backstroke S2 event on Saturday morning (Singapore time).

Yip, who has muscular dystrophy, broke her own world record with a time of 2min 7.09sec.

"She mentioned that the swim was very tough, yet she gave her best. Because of her determination, we all got to hear Majulah Singapura at the Games," Ms Fu wrote.

She added that some have asked if Singapore has plans to celebrate her win.

The answer is yes, she said, but after the Singapore team returns from Rio de Janeiro where the games are held.

"When our Paralympians return after the Games, we will have a public celebration to honour their extraordinary achievements," she said.

Yip, 24, was the first to win a medal for Singapore at this year's Paralympics.

The 13-strong Team Singapore contingent will compete in boccia, sailing, archery, athletics and equestrian events from now till Sept 18.