Team Singapore’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games campaign wrapped up on Saturday with one of the Republic’s medal winners, Theresa Goh, paying tribute to their entire team’s efforts.
Theresa, who won a Bronze medal in the Women's 100m Breaststroke (SB4) event, completed her fourth and final event in the heats for the Women's 100m Freestyle (S5).
Minister Grace Fu (center) and officials with our TeamSG medallists, Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh. Photo: Sport Singapore
On the track at the Olympic Stadium, wheelchair racer, Norsilawati Binte Sa'at finished fifth overall with a timing of 29.03 seconds in the Women's 100m (T52) Finals.
While Theresa was unable to qualify for the last night of finals, she took time out to praise the effort of Team Singapore athletes in Rio across all sports.
“We have seen some really good efforts. We all have a little bit to learn from our experiences and I hope that this will push them to want to be better. There is always a chance to be better. I think they have given their all and I am really proud of the contingent,” said Theresa.
TeamSG swimmer Theresa Goh in action in the final event for Team Singapore. Photo: Sport Singapore
As for her personal performances, Theresa is unlikely to forget the experience of finally getting on the podium at a Paralympics, after coming so close in Beijing in 2008 and after over a decade of competitive swimming.
“It has been amazing. I have no complaints. I came here and wanted to give my best in all my events and that is what I did. The medal has been the icing on the cake. Overall Rio 2016 has been really great,” she said.
“I have been training for freestyle but I have also been really focusing on my breaststroke and I was just trying to do as good a time as I could. I didn’t feel that good in the water, maybe I was a little tired but some of the swimmers have done five or six events so that is no excuse,” she said.
The Olympic Aquatics Stadium will hold fond memories for Team Singapore with Theresa’s Bronze medal, teammate and best friend, Yip Pin Xiu winning two Gold medals in backstroke at the venue where Joseph Schooling won the Republic’s first Olympic gold medal last month.
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