After their best ever performance in the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games, the Team Singapore Paralympic contingent capped off their unprecedented showing with a stunning celebratory parade involving a line-up of Ferraris and London cabs on Saturday morning.
The parade, led by three-time Gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu, started at Sengkang Sports Centre, where about 100 fans woke up early to show their support.
In a similar fashion to the open-top bus Olympic Games’ Victory Parade held last month, our Paralympians were given something a little more special as the Ferrari Owners' Club stepped forward to volunteer their cars and services.
"I feel that the para-athletes are often overshadowed by their able-bodied counterparts,” owner of one of the Ferrari’s Timothy Tan said.
"We wanted to give them a grand parade, something memorable, in our own small way."
The convoy then made its way to National Library via Bendemeer Road and ending off at its final pit stop at VivoCity.
More than 400 people turned up to catch the athletes at VivoCity, where Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was also present.
The Minister thanked the athletes and their support teams for their efforts and said the country could not be more proud of their achievements in Brazil.
Singapore took home three medals in Rio, courtesy of swimmers Pin Xiu and Theresa, who won two Gold and one Bronze respectively.
Other athletes also made great strides in their sports, breaking personal bests and defeating higher ranked teams in their sports.
Wheelchair racer Norsilawati Sa'at and long jumper Suhairi Suhani improved on their personal bests while boccia pair Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohammad Taha and Toh Sze Ning beat traditional powerhouses Portugal and Greece.
Former Olympian C. Kunalan, who also turned up to join in the festivities said, “These athletes have done something really unique that they’ve been doing for years.”
“I’m glad that there is greater interest in para games and I hope this interest continues to keep up.”