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Cycling helps Tan find purpose in life and friends

National para-cyclist Tan Hun Boon, who won a bronze medal on his debut at last year's Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, gives talks and conducts motivational workshops for schools, private companies and the Singapore Armed Forces.
National para-cyclist Tan Hun Boon, who won a bronze medal on his debut at last year's Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, gives talks and conducts motivational workshops for schools, private companies and the Singapore Armed Forces.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

It was the day of his first race, but para-cyclist Tan Hun Boon was struggling to put on his jersey and barely knew the names of his bicycle parts.

The 41-year-old's goal was just to complete the National Para Cycling Road Race & Intl Invitational (C) in March last year. But Tan, whose left leg was amputated after a road accident in 2011, surpassed his own expectations to claim the gold.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Cycling helps Tan find purpose in life and friends'. Print Edition | Subscribe