Nine to represent Singapore in four sports at Paralympics

Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh will represent Singapore in swimming and the former will be the Republic's flag-bearer at the Rio Paralympics.
Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh will represent Singapore in swimming and the former will be the Republic's flag-bearer at the Rio Paralympics.ST FILE PHOTO

Singapore will field its largest contingent at Rio's Paralympic Games, building on a successful Asean Para Games (APG) last December where the host nation bagged a record 24 golds, 17 silvers and 22 bronzes.

A total of nine athletes will fly the Singapore flag in four sports - boccia, equestrian, sailing and swimming. The previous record was eight athletes, fielded at the 1988 and 2012 Games.

The number could yet increase as three track and field athletes have met the qualifying mark, while archer Syahidah Alim is also trying to qualify.

Norsilawati Sa'at (T52 100m), Diroy Noordin (F40 shot put, F40/41 javelin) and Suhairi Suhani (T20 long jump) are awaiting confirmation from the International Paralympic Council regarding their status. This will come after the final qualifying meet later this month.

Singapore National Paralympic Council chairman Teo-Koh Sock Miang said she was proud of those who have qualified and added: "We sincerely hope that all of Singapore will support and cheer our athletes on during the Games as they seek to achieve sporting excellence and bring honour to the nation."

The Republic's team to the Sept 7-18 Games in Brazil will be headlined by world record holder and 2008 Beijing Paralympics gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu.

  • TEAM SINGAPORE FOR 2016 RIO PARALYMPICS

  • BOCCIA

    • Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

    • Toh Sze Ning

    EQUESTRIAN

    • Laurentia Tan

    • Maximillian Tan

    • Gemma Rose Foo (subject to medical review)

    SWIMMING

    • Theresa Goh

    • Yip Pin Xiu

    SAILING

    Two names to be confirmed

The 24-year-old swimmer is also Singapore's flag-bearer at the quadrennial Games. She said: "To be chosen to carry my nation's flag is a great honour and I'm grateful for the support we have been given. With less than three months to go, we are all excited and gearing up to do our very best in Rio.

"We hope to see everyone rally behind Team Singapore as we compete and strive towards excellence."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2016, with the headline 'Nine to represent Singapore in four sports at Paralympics'. Print Edition | Subscribe