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Nurulasyiqah and Sze Ning in a group photo with their opponents from Portugal TeamSG

Rio Daily: Boccia Pair enjoy Super Saturday

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Nurulasyiqah and Sze Ning in a group photo with their opponents from Portugal

A group photo after Singapore's victory against powerhouse Portugal. Photo: Sport Singapore

Team Singapore’s BC3 boccia pairs team enjoyed two fantastic results on Saturday at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games beating powerhouse Portugal 5-1 and enjoying a 3-2 triumph over Greece.

The pair of Nurulasyiqah Binte Mohammad Taha and Toh Sze Ning showed tremendous skill and concentration to win both encounters in front of a lively Rio crowd that showed great appreciation for the efforts of the players.

The BC3 sport class is for athletes with significantly limited function in their limbs, with poor or no trunk control. Those competing in this category use a ramp and other assistive devices to roll the ball onto the court.

Portugal have the best overall medal record of any nation in Paralympic boccia.

The Singapore pair will now face Great Britain in their final pool game on Sunday before the knockout phase of the competition begins.

“It was a great work today, we won two games and we played really well and I am very pleased,” said Toh Sze Ning who also shared that the crowd noise had not disturbed her focus at all.

“It was very exciting,” she said. The Team had prepared with cheering tapes in their build-up to acclimatise to noise.

Toh Sze Ning has been playing for boccia for eight years but is competing in her first Paralympics after winning two silver medals in the ASEAN Para Games last year.

 

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