Run, Siti, run: Para-athlete runs even when people ask her to walk

To prepare for the upcoming Asian Para Games, Siti Nurhayati Ali Askar Khan trains four days a week, focusing on speed work like 50m sprints and high-speed control running.
To prepare for the upcoming Asian Para Games, Siti Nurhayati Ali Askar Khan trains four days a week, focusing on speed work like 50m sprints and high-speed control running.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Siti usually goes to school on her own by taking a bus and transferring to an MRT train. She studied in a mainstream school until Primary 3 and her mother then transferred her to Grace Orchard, the closest special-needs school to their home. Siti giv
Siti giving a high-five to her training counterpart Abdul Razak Mohd, 19, from Ngee Ann Polytechnic's track-and-field team. Her coach, former national sprinter Muhamad Hosni, makes his para-athletes and students from the polytechnic's team train together.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Siti usually goes to school on her own by taking a bus and transferring to an MRT train. She studied in a mainstream school until Primary 3 and her mother then transferred her to Grace Orchard, the closest special-needs school to their home. Siti giv
As part of her work experience programme at Grace Orchard School, Siti works two days a week - at the school cafe and at Holland Village's Cold Storage - to equip herself with real-life skills.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Siti usually goes to school on her own by taking a bus and transferring to an MRT train. She studied in a mainstream school until Primary 3 and her mother then transferred her to Grace Orchard, the closest special-needs school to their home. Siti giv
Siti and a classmate on their way to Grace Orchard, which caters to those with mild intellectual disabilities or mild autism spectrum disorders. A teacher noticed Siti's love of running and enrolled her in track and field, which transformed her life.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Siti usually goes to school on her own by taking a bus and transferring to an MRT train. She studied in a mainstream school until Primary 3 and her mother then transferred her to Grace Orchard, the closest special-needs school to their home. Siti giv
Siti taking part in diabolo juggling, an activity she picked up under the school's Reaching Excellence through Circus Acts scheme, where students hone their skills in performing circus tricks.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Para-athlete Siti Nurhayati Ali Askar Khan runs even when people ask her to walk

She hears these words of advice all the time - "You shouldn't be running" - but Siti Nurhayati Ali Askar Khan could not care less.

Give her some open spaces and she is off like a rocket.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'Run, Siti, run'. Print Edition | Subscribe