APG2017: 23 Sep highlights
23 September 2017
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Singapore records best ever away APG performance
It is a momentous year for Singapore sports as Team Singapore athletes achieved yet another significant milestone – they accomplished their best ever away performance at the APG, bringing home a record number of medals.
A total of 50 medals were won over the seven days, consisting of nine golds, 17 silvers and 24 bronzes.
This broke the previous record of 37 medals (16 golds, 10 silvers and 11 bronzes) set during the inaugural APG in 2001, which was also held in Kuala Lumpur.
In the SEA Games last month, the Republic also attained a record-breaking medal haul for an away campaign.
Singapore's youngest member of the APG contingent Wong Zhi Wei with his silver and bronze medals. Photo: Dyan Tjhia / Sport Singapore
Swimming proved to be Singapore’s strongest sport with 14 medals (four golds, seven silvers and three bronzes) coming from the pool. Cycling was next, also winning 14 medals (one gold, five silvers and eight bronzes).
Cyclist Emily Lee and her pilot Sarah Tan were the most bemedalled athletes in this edition, earning a total of five medals (one gold, three silvers and one bronze).
“The focus of this Games has been to strengthen our base of athletes and I am happy that most of our debutants medaled,” said Kevin Wong, Chairman of Singapore National Paralympic Council and President of Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC).
Tan Hun Boon, Jessen Ng and Muhammad Diroy Bin Noordin, among others, achieved a podium finish in their APG debuts.
“It has been our aim to provide more opportunities for our athletes to gain more experience by fielding them at major games like the ASEAN Para Games; and they have done well. This reflects the healthy growth of disability sports in Singapore,” Wong said.
“Our senior athletes also continue to lead the way with Theresa Goh and Jason Chee winning gold and embodying the determination and fighting spirit that was so evident among of all members of this contingent.”
Jason Chee celebrates winning his first individual table tennis gold. Photo: Alfie Lee / Sport Singapore
Singapore’s young athletes did just as well, with swimmers Danielle Moi and Wong Zhi Wei coming home with medals, showing that the future of Singapore sports was in safe hands.
Zhi Wei, who at 15-years-old is the youngest member of the contingent, won a silver and a bronze. While 18-year-old Danielle won a gold and two silvers, demonstrating marked improvement from her last Games where she didn’t manage to make the podium.
“Our athletes have performed well at the 9th ASEAN Para Games in the face of tough competition. They will continue to grow, improve and strive for excellence,” APG Chef de Mission Shirley Low said.
“The achievements of ASEAN para athletes during the Paralympics Games in Rio 2016 is proof that para athletes from this region are of world class standing.”
“There are now more para athletes who have become role models to people from all walks of life. As they continue to inspire us with their discipline and determination, we should spread awareness and the need to break down social barriers against people with impairment.”