Injured navy man who lost both legs healing through sports

He's tried out table tennis and bowling

Injured navy serviceman Jason Chee has been taking part in sports regularly - despite losing both legs, his left arm and three fingers on his right hand.

The 30-year-old - who suffered a devastating accident on a ship last December - does so with the help of the Singapore Disability Sports Council.

He especially enjoys playing table tennis, which he is able to do using prosthetic fingers.

In fact, he may even get a shot at representing Singapore at the Paralympics, said wheelchair athlete William Tan, 56. The duo sparred at a training session on Monday.

Dr Tan, who has donned national colours at the Paralympics and is a captain of the disabled table tennis team, said: "I can see in him that he has what it takes, with his great attitude and determination.

"He is willing to learn, even though there may be difficulties and challenges."

Mr Chee, who holds the Military Expert 2 rank in the Republic of Singapore Navy, was caught between a motorised winch and a berthing rope while doing a routine check on board a warship on Dec 10.

There was an outpouring of public support after his horrific accident, with many people donating blood last December after an appeal by the navy.

He has also tried bowling and shooting, said the council's sports development executive Loh Ngiap Kiang, 29.

He said: "Sports are a form of rehabilitation and, in a way, they encourage persons with disabilities to lead a healthier lifestyle. Sports can also help build their confidence and self esteem."

Attempts to contact Mr Chee were unsuccessful.

limyihan@sph.com.sg