Great admiration or Paralympians

I agree that the Paralympics are changing the way people see disabilities ("Paralympics changing way people perceive disabilities"; Sept 21).

After reading about and watching our two Paralympic swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh, I realised that I admire them even more than the Olympic athletes.

It is their perseverance that makes me look up to them.

They were unable to live "normally" because of their disabilities, but they pressed on in their sporting careers and have now achieved medals.

Their attitude seems to show that even though some people may be insensitive towards them, they will not let it affect them.

Their fighting spirit makes me really admire them.

I hope the world can realise how great these people actually are, and recognise them for their tremendous effort.

As Singaporeans watch these athletes compete, I hope they may be motivated to do better in life or sports, and be grateful for what they have.

Vera Tay Xiang Yu, 10,

Primary 4 pupil


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