Paralympics: Theresa in the top three once again

Theresa Goh, 29, celebrating her bronze after the 100m breaststroke SB4 final at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Monday.
Theresa Goh, 29, celebrating her bronze after the 100m breaststroke SB4 final at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Monday.PHOTO: REUTERS

Paralympic medallist takes over ST's Twitter account, #STaskTG becomes trending topic

Always a good sport up for a fresh challenge, four-time Paralympian Theresa Goh was game when The Straits Times (ST) approached her to be part of a Twitter takeover.

It would be the newspaper's first - but also hers, and she admitted there was initial hesitation because she was not sure if readers would be interested in the live Q&A session.

Her doubts were unfounded. The hashtag #STaskTG became one of the top trending topics last night, second only to the issue of the elected presidency.

Questions came in so fast that the session, originally slated to be an hour long, had to be extended.

"I was a little apprehensive at first," the 29-year-old told ST from Rio, where the Paralympics are ongoing. "But I'm really glad I did this."

Goh, who won her first Paralympic medal on Monday when she took bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB4, fielded questions on a wide range of topics.

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Some readers were curious about her source of motivation and how she keeps going on bad days, while others wanted her to share her thoughts on the standing of disability sports in Singapore.

UP TO DATE

I do! I need love too! Hahaha come say hi if we match!

THERESA GOH , on whether she uses dating app Tinder. A reader saw the four-time Paralympian there but was too shy to start a conversation.

To that, she said: "It's tons better than 10 years ago for sure. I think that the resources are pretty great. It's not perfect but the support given for elite athletes, whether para or not, is pretty good."

Goh's sense of humour shone through when she took on less serious topics like her favourite food - she let on that her favourite wonton mee comes from a stall at Pek Kio Market - and even answered a question about dating app Tinder.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

@limxqamanda I do indeed! In my dreams, I am usually riding the unicorns over a rainbow while holding a box of kittens.

GOH , responding to a question by national swimmer Amanda Lim on whether she dreams about unicorns at night.

Several national athletes who are good friends with Goh also joined in the fun, teasing her about her dreams about unicorns, her strong arms, and special mentions of her three cats.

When asked how her cats celebrated her win, Goh said: "They celebrated for me by sleeping and ripping up newspapers at home! They're just so happy for me!"

Among her more humorous answers was a response to a question about who has the better crying face - her, or team-mate Yip Pin Xiu. A photo of the duo embracing, crying tears of joy after Goh's bronze medal feat, went viral.

She said: "(Pin Xiu) definitely. That's why I was hiding my face hahaha."

Signing off for the night, Goh thanked readers for their questions but also expressed gratitude for the support shown by Singaporeans.

She said: "These past couple of days have been such a dream and I am so grateful for the support everyone has shown me. Thank you for being a part of my journey."

Goh has one more event at the Games. Her 100m freestyle S5 heats take place tomorrow night (Singapore time).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2016, with the headline 'Theresa in the top three once again'. Print Edition | Subscribe