Celebratory parade for Team Singapore's Paralympians to take place on Saturday

Team Singapore's Paralympians welcomed by Singapore Airlines during a stopover in Barcelona.
Team Singapore's Paralympians welcomed by Singapore Airlines during a stopover in Barcelona. PHOTO: SDSC/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A celebratory parade to mark the achievements of the country's Paralympians at the Rio Games will take place on Saturday (Sept 24).

The 13-strong contingent will be driven in a convoy of cars from ActiveSG Sengkang Sports Centre at 57, Anchorvale Road, before making a pit stop at the National Library along Victoria Street. The convoy will then make its way to VivoCity.

The bulk of the team will return from Brazil on Wednesday morning (Sept 21) aboard SQ67 which is scheduled to arrive at Changi Airport Terminal 3 at about 5.35am. They will emerge at Belt 42.

Team Singapore won three medals in Rio. Yip Pin Xiu, 24, claimed two - in the 50m and 100m backstroke S2 - becoming the first Singaporean to win two titles at a single Paralympics. Fellow swimmer Theresa Goh, 29, took the bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB4.

There will be also be a media conference on Wednesday afternoon with the two medallists at the Sports Hub’s Black Box Auditorium.

In the Beijing Games eight years ago when Singapore medalled for the first time, the sextet of Theresa Goh, Yip Pin Xiu, Jovin Tan, Desiree Lim, Eric Ting and Laurentia Tan were each driven in open-top Aston Martin convertibles.

 

The parade, flanked by two Hippo buses with Team Singapore supporters and Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) members, made its way from the SDSC office at Kallang to the city before ending at Orchard Cineleisure. There, about 150 supporters cheered raucously as the athletes headed to an outdoor tent for a two-hour celebratory event.

That year in 2008, a 16-year-old Yip won Singapore’s first Paralympic gold as she won the 50m backstroke S3 event to add to her earlier silver in the 50m freestyle S3.