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Singapore to host first-ever Asian leg of World Para Swimming World Series next month

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Toh Wei SoongTeam Singapore swimmer Toh Wei Soong will be up against the world's best swimmers at the Singapore leg of the World Para Swimming World Series. Photo: Sport Singapore

Fans of competitive swimming can look forward to next month, when the world's best swimmers in some of the biggest and most traditional Para swimming events will come together - as Singapore gears up to be first Asian country playing host to the World Para Swimming World Series.

The annual series which is in its third year will be taking place in eight countries across four continents. The Singapore leg - which is the fifth stop of the series, with the other events held in Australia, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Italy and the United States - will see 150 professional para-athletes compete at the top of their game at our very own Sports Hub’s OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The 3-day event held from 10-12 May 2019 will see elite swimmers compete for the World Series titles, and lock results for their qualification towards the World Para Swimming Championships 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Some of our local swimming talents who will be competing for medal glory include Toh Wei Soong, Yip Pin Xiu, Theresa Goh and Eugene Png.

The four of them are also part of Singapore’s first para swimming relay team, put together by former world Number 1 50-metre freestyle swimmer Ang Peng Siong, with the goal of competing at this year’s world championships and the Paralympics.

Kelly Fan, executive director of the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), said in a media release: “One of the key reasons for us to host this series is to promote the understanding of disability sports and para athletes. Our para swimmers have been adding to this awareness with their achievements, so this is a rare opportunity for Singapore to witness their hard work up close.”

Members of the public can catch the heats of the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series for free, while tickets to the finals are priced at S$2 each.