Setting wheelchair racing in motion

William Tan, who made history in 2005 by setting a world record as the first paraplegic to finish 10 marathons on seven continents in 70 days, is looking forward to participating in the Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday.
William Tan, who made history in 2005 by setting a world record as the first paraplegic to finish 10 marathons on seven continents in 70 days, is looking forward to participating in the Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday.ST FILE PHOTO

He will be the first Singaporean wheelchair racer to compete in the Gold Coast Marathon this Sunday but, to Paralympian William Tan, the significance of the milestone goes far beyond that.

Not only is the 61-year-old doctor celebrating his 10th year in remission from Stage 4 leukaemia, he hopes his participation will pave the way for marathon wheelchair racing to return to Singapore and inspire seniors to be active.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Setting wheelchair racing in motion'. Print Edition | Subscribe