In a bid to encourage more corporations to support Singapore's Paralympic athletes, swimmers Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu joined 11 staff members from BP in a Swim-a-Thon at the Singapore Swimming Club yesterday.
The 750-lap event was held to mark the Paralympic Partnership between the oil and gas giant and the Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC).
Paralympic medallists Yip and Goh are BP's athlete ambassadors.
"In Singapore, you don't see much corporate backing for Paralympic sports so BP's involvement is very much welcomed," said Goh, 28, who swam 40 laps.
"The SEA Games showed that there are a lot of companies backing our able-bodied sportsmen so I hope others here can come on board as well and lend support for athletes like us."
A contingent of 145 para-athletes will represent Team Singapore in the 8th Asean Para Games (APG) in December which will be hosted by the Republic.
Yip, who broke the 50m backstroke world record during the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, is looking forward to the APG.
"The awareness and participation in Paralympics is definitely growing but it has not reached the level of other countries like Japan," said the 23-year-old.
"My hope is that the APG will create a big impact here.
"We train as regularly and as hard as able-bodied athletes so I guess we do feel that sometimes we deserve to be as recognised."
The Republic is the first Asian country to join the BP Paralympic family. "We share the common value of courage, and our own values of respect and excellence are closely aligned," said Terence Yuen, BP Singapore's country president.
"Where better to see these embodied than by the national Paralympic team."