Paralympics: Gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu's parents on raising a champion

The Straits Times caught up with the parents of Paralympian Yip Pin Xiu, 24, who became the first Singaporean to win multiple gold medals at the Paralympic Games.

Yip, who suffers from muscular dystrophy - a muscle-wasting disease - clinched gold in the women's S2 50m and 100m backstroke finals, setting new world records in both events in the process.

She was the Republic's first Paralympic champion when she triumphed in the 50m backstroke S3 race at the 2008 Beijing Games.

 
 

On Wednesday (Sept 14) at a cafe in Rio, Brazil, Yip's parents Yip Chee Khiong and Margaret Yip talk about parenting a special needs child, their greatest challenges and on the gold medallist's independent streak.