2015 Asean Para Games: Day 5
Close to 1,200 athletes from 10 South-east Asian nations are competing at the 8th Asean Para Games in Singapore. Get to know the foreign athletes better as The Straits Times picks out one every day.
Today: Dong Thi Hai Yen, track & field (Vietnam)
Disability: Visually impaired
Q Do you have a lucky charm you brought with you to Singapore? What is it?
A I did not bring anything physical with me, but I believe that the gods have blessed me for the Games.
Q Who's your favourite athlete?
A As I'm visually impaired, I cannot see the athletes and don't have any favourite.
Q What is your favourite sport, other than track and field?
A I love football because there's always a great atmosphere and I like the team spirit of the game.
Q First impression of Singapore?
A Very clean and safe country. The volunteers are so kind to all of us and guide us when we need to go somewhere. They give us plenty of assistance.
Q What is the most challenging thing about your sport?
A As I can't see, I worry that I may fall down while running. I can't shake off that feeling when I'm running most of the time.
Q Favourite food back home?
A Pho (noodle dish). It is our national dish and I've loved it since I was young. We only have instant noodles here so I really miss it.
Q What would you like as a Christmas present?
A I would like to come back to Singapore during Christmas. Not to compete this time, but just for travel.
Q Who is your personal hero?
A My parents are my heroes. I'm thankful that they did not give up on me although I'm visually impaired, but showered me with love when they raised me.
Q Why did you pick up running?
A An athletics head coach came to the special school where I study and introduced us to running.
Q What do you want to be when you grow up?
A A businesswoman. I want to have the same career as my father.