APG 2017: Team Singapore return home to heroes' welcome
24 September 2017
By Matthew Mohan
There were tears in Mdm Anita Ahmad's eyes even before her son Noor Iskandaria, our Team Singapore cyclist, came through the arrival gates at Changi Airport.
Our TeamSG athletes at Changi Airport, returning from the 9th ASEAN Para Games. Photo by Stefanus Ian / SportSG
Together with her two daughters, the 48-year-old waited patiently for Iskandaria who returned home with the Team Singapore contingent on Sunday afternoon.
"We are so proud that he's here to begin with, and the bronze he got is a bonus," said Iskandaria's sister Nurmasnita.
"It's been two weeks, and he's very close to those at home, especially my mum. She felt so much for him...But she's super proud."
The cyclist finished third in the men's road race H1-H5 at the 9th ASEAN Para Games. Iskandaria's father is also part of the coaching staff present at the Games.
Loud cheers greeted Team Singapore's contingent upon their arrival, with over 100 officials, supporters and family members gathered to welcome them back.
Supporters waved Singapore flags as camera flashes went off and athletes shared warm embraces with family members.
There was also added reason to cheer - as the Republic's athletes finished with a total of nine gold, 17 silvers and 24 bronzes, a record number of total medals won at an away Games.
Our TeamSG Archer Robert Fuchs greeted by his wife and daughter after being away from home for almost 2 weeks. Photo by Harbans Singh / SportSG
Archer Robert Fuchs' wife and daughter Anna Marie were present to welcome him home, with Anna Marie giving her father a big hug and a sunflower.
"The emotions were getting to us, and even just seeing them from the other side of the window, were taking over," said Robert. "It's a combination of feelings; I hope that she (Anna Marie) will learn something of what we are doing here and it will motivate her in life even more."
Speaking at the welcome ceremony, guest-of-honour Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan Jin said the athletes had done themselves, their families and the country proud.
"I want to thank the athletes for being an example to us in terms of displaying the values, the determination and the grit and basically flying the flag for Singapore," he said.
"The main message would be well done, thank you very much and welcome home."