Paralympic medallist Theresa Goh's live Q&A with The Straits Times makes waves

Singapore's Theresa Goh celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB4 at the Rio Paralympics.
Singapore's Theresa Goh celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB4 at the Rio Paralympics. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - A live Q&A session with Singapore's Paralympic bronze medallist Theresa Goh became one of the top Twitter trends when it took place on Thursday (Sept 15) night, stretching longer than the one-hour it was originally slated for.

The 29-year-old para-swimmer took over The Straits Times' Twitter account from Rio, where she won a Paralympic bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB4 on Monday. The hashtag #STaskTG was ranked second in trending topics in Singapore behind "Elected Presidency".

Goh answered questions from readers on a wide range of topics, from her source of motivation to how she is keeping mosquitoes at bay while in Rio.

She also shared her thoughts on disability sports' standing in Singapore compared to able-bodied athletes.


To that, she said: "It's tons better than 10 years ago for sure. I think that the resources are pretty great. It's not perfect but the support given for elite athletes whether para or not, is pretty good."

Goh was also game for less "serious" topics like favourite food, books and even a query on dating app Tinder.

When the cat lover was asked how her three cats celebrated for her at home, she said: "They celebrated for me by sleeping and ripping up newspapers at home! They're just so happy for me!"

Her favourite local food is wanton mee and she is desperately craving the one from her favourite stall at Pek Kio Market.

Among her more humourous answers was a response to a question about who has the better crying face - her, or team-mate Yip Pin Xiu. A photo of the duo crying tears of joy after Goh's bronze medal feat had gone viral earlier.

Goh's response: "(Pin Xiu) definitely. That's why I was hiding my face hahaha."

The Q&A session was extended for 15 minutes so Goh could have more time to answer the questions posed by Straits Times readers.

In signing off, the para-swimmer thanked readers for their questions but also for the support shown by Singaporeans.

She said: "These past couple of days have been such a dream and I am so grateful for the support everyone has shown me. Thank you for being a part of my journey."

For the full list of questions posed to Goh on Twitter, click here

Here's a selection of some her best reponses: