Paralympics: Long jumper Suhairi, archer Syahidah join Singapore contingent for Rio

Long jumper Suhairi Suhani and compound archer Syahidah Alim are both first-time Paralympians.
Long jumper Suhairi Suhani and compound archer Syahidah Alim are both first-time Paralympians.ST FILE PHOTOS
Long jumper Suhairi Suhani and compound archer Syahidah Alim are both first-time Paralympians.
Long jumper Suhairi Suhani and compound archer Syahidah Alim are both first-time Paralympians.ST FILE PHOTOS

Two more local athletes have qualified for the upcoming Paralympic Games, bringing the total number of Team Singapore athletes to 12.

Long jumper Suhairi Suhani, a silver medallist at last year's Asean Para Games (APG), and archer Syahidah Alim will make their Paralympic bow at the Sept 7-18 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

It is the first time Singapore will be represented in the Paralympic archery competition.

Said Syahidah, who won the women's compound open at the 8th APG last year: "I'm truly ecstatic to have been selected to represent Singapore at a prestigious event such as the Paralympics.

"Though I am new to the competition scene, I will do my best at the Games."

For Suhairi, who leapt to a personal best of 6.66m en route to his silver medal last year, his berth at the Rio Games is a dream come true.

"For the longest time, this has been my dream - to represent Singapore at the Paralympics, and now it's happening," said the 19-year-old.

"I'm excited and honoured to be part of Team Singapore, and I'm thankful to the people who have helped me along this journey.

"I will continue to do my best and do my family proud."

Singapore will be represented in six sports at the Paralympics - archery, athletics, boccia, equestrian, sailing and swimming.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2016, with the headline 'Para contingent for Rio rises to 12'. Print Edition | Subscribe