Paralympics: Parents of medal-winning Theresa Goh on raising special needs children

Theresa Goh (in wheelchair) and her parents, Mr Bernard Goh and Ms Rose Mok at the Athletes' Village in Rio on Sept 13 (Brazil time).
Theresa Goh (in wheelchair) and her parents, Mr Bernard Goh and Ms Rose Mok at the Athletes' Village in Rio on Sept 13 (Brazil time).PHOTO: COURTESY OF MR BERNARD GOH

The Straits Times caught up with the parents of Paralympian Theresa Goh, 29, who won a medal when she took bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB4 at the Rio Games earlier this week.

It was her first podium finish in four attempts at the quadrennial Games, making up for the heartbreak at the 2008 Beijing Games when she missed out on a medal by less than a second.

Here, in the lobby of Windsor Barra hotel in Rio, Brazil, on Tuesday (Sept 13), her parents Mr Bernard Goh and Ms Rose Mok, talk about watching her win bronze at the Rio Paralympics, how they disciplined her with along with her able-bodied siblings and their advice to parents of special needs children.