Lego pays tribute to Paralympic swimmers Yip Pin Xiu, Theresa Goh with minifigures

Lego's minifigures of Singapore para-swimmers Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh.
Lego's minifigures of Singapore para-swimmers Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh. ST PHOTO: LEGO/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Lego has honoured para-swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh's exploits in the pool with minifigures created in their image.

In a Facebook post containing a picture of the two minifigures on Tuesday (Sept 13), Lego Singapore wrote: "Congratulations to Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh for bringing pride to Singapore! Your accomplishments have inspired us all."

The post has since garnered over 2,000 likes, with many on social media calling it a "cool" move on Lego's part.

Goh herself also commented on the post, writing: "Hahahah oh man this is great! Thank you!!"

The 29-year-old Paralympian, who has competed in four editions of the games so far, finally clinched a medal in Rio de Janeiro when she finished third in the 100m breaststroke SB4 on Sunday.

Teammate and close friend Yip, 24, won the gold medal in the 100m backstroke S2 last Friday, setting two world records in the process.

Lego's range of collectible minifigures, which run the gamut from Star Wars characters to the cast of Lord Of The Rings, are immensely popular with fans.

The plastic brickmaker had also posted a tribute to Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling, after he emerged victorious in the 100m butterfly on Aug 12.

It uploaded a photo of bricks fashioned into the numbers "50.39", a reference to the Olympic record time that Schooling clocked as he beat his childhood idol Michael Phelps in the final.


Schooling's breakthrough achievement was greeted with adulation and boisterous celebrations when he returned to Singapore last month, with an open-top bus parade held in his honour.

Local companies also scrambled to congratulate him, with Singapore Airlines - the official airline for Team Singapore - giving the University of Texas student one million KrisFlyer miles.

Singaporeans have since called for Yip and Goh to be treated in a similar manner.

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia announced on Monday that it would be rewarding South-east Asia's Paralympic medallists with free flights depending on the colour of their medal.

Yip's gold medal means she will receive free flights for life on the airline, while Goh's bronze qualifies her for three years' worth of flights.