Paralympics: Bendemeer Sec, Yip Pin Xiu's former school, to screen 50m backstroke S2 final live

Singapore's Yip Pin Xiu celebrating winning the gold at the women's 100m backstroke S2 final at the Rio Paralympic Games, on Sept 9, 2016.
Singapore's Yip Pin Xiu celebrating winning the gold at the women's 100m backstroke S2 final at the Rio Paralympic Games, on Sept 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - When para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu guns for her second gold medal at the Rio Paralympics on Friday morning (Singapore time), she can count on the support of Singaporeans thousands of miles away, even though the race is at 6.52am.

And many of them will be in a familiar place - Bendemeer Secondary, her former school.

It will hold a live screening of its former student racing in the 50m backstroke S2 final, where she will be favoured to become the only Singaporean to win two gold medals at a single Paralympics. The move is in collaboration with Bendemeer's alumni.

 

Following Yip's world record-setting gold-medal victory in the 100m backstroke S2 last week, Bendemeer is using this opportunity to show its support for one of its most famous alumni.

Principal Ling Khoon Chow said: "Pin Xiu's one of our alumni and it's an honour for us to have her represent the nation as a former student at the Paralympics.

"As a school, it's our duty to support her efforts and celebrate her triumphs. Besides to build national pride, this is also a way to show our students anything is possible with hard work and perseverance.

"Despite her condition, Pin Xiu has worked hard to reach the position she is in now and it's a good learning point for our students that anyone can succeed against all the odds."

Students are being encouraged to report to school early that morning to support Yip and they will be provided with breakfast.