Give all Paralympians free rides

It is very heartening to read about ride-hailing app Rush's gesture of honouring our two Paralympic medallists, Ms Yip Pin Xiu and Ms Theresa Goh, with free rides for life ("Rush to honour Paralympians - with free rides for life"; Dec 9).

It would be great if the same reward could be extended to all para-athletes who competed under Singapore's banner in the Paralympics.

Medallists or not, these athletes train hard and face similar problems and constraints.

While the free-rides-for-life reward for the two medallists may serve to motivate the rest of the Paralympic team to achieve the same results in future, the athletes still deserve recognition, praise and motivation now.

A reward of free or subsidised rides can go a long way in easing the athletes' commute to and from training venues, while spurring them on to continue to do their best, knowing that Singaporeans are appreciative of their contributions and are behind them all the way.

I hope Rush and other similar outfits can consider doing the same for the other Paralympians.

Team Singapore's Paralympians in a group photo at Changi Airport on Sept 21. Giving all the para-athletes free or subsidised rides could ease their commute to and from training and spur them to continue doing their best.
Team Singapore's Paralympians in a group photo at Changi Airport on Sept 21. Giving all the para-athletes free or subsidised rides could ease their commute to and from training and spur them to continue doing their best. ST FILE PHOTO

Wendy Yuen Woon Yoke (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2016, with the headline 'Give all Paralympians free rides'. Print Edition | Subscribe