APG2017: 22 Sep highlights
22 September 2017
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The classic national day song 'We Are Singapore' began with these lyrics: “There was a time when people said that Singapore won't make it, but we did.”
Our history is littered with examples of our young country overcoming setback after setback. But perhaps, nothing in recent times personifies our ability to defy all odds as much as Jason Chee does.
Jason Chee celebrates after winning the gold medal. Photo: Sanketa Anand / Sport Singapore
In 2012, the navy serviceman suffered a tragic accident on a warship where he lost both his legs, his left arm and three fingers on his right hand.
Even for the best of us, that would have derailed our lives and left us in the depths of depression. But not Jason.
He picked himself up quickly, learnt a sport and soon became an athlete Singaporeans were truly proud of, winning an individual silver and team gold in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games (APG).
Life, however, wasn’t done throwing curve balls at him yet. In April this year, Jason was diagnosed with eye cancer and subsequently lost his right eye.
Despite that, he declared he was still going to compete in the upcoming APG, to everyone’s surprise.
And on Friday, he hit the curve ball out of the park when he surprised everyone yet again, winning his first ever individual gold in the men's individual Class 2 event.
“I told myself that it is okay for me, I still have to fight on,” the 34-year-old told TODAY. “I was discharged in June, (then) I went back for my training.”
“In the beginning, I found it very tough… (but) with my coaches’ advice and team-mates encouraging me, I trained consistently throughout July and adapted well.”
“Winning this gold was the most important moment for me.”
In the women's singles class 4 even, Toh Bee Tin also took a bronze after beating Malaysia’s Chow Mei Hsia 3-0.
Suhairi Bin Suhani earned Singapore’s third track and field medal after winning a silver in the men's long jump T20 final.
The 20-year-old recorded a personal best with a jump of 6.85m, but still finished behind Malaysia’s Abdul Latif Bin Romly who jumped 7.41m.
Suhairi Bin Suhani in action during his long jump event. Photo: Stefanus Ian / Sport Singapore
“Standing on the podium and achieving my personal in this meet. So I did these two things and I’m happy,” he said.
“My coach is also happy with my performance today. I have improved a lot in terms of my run down…just need to touch up a little bit.”
This is Suhairi’s second silver APG medal and he is immensely appreciative of his family’s support even at an overseas competition.
“You need to spend money to travel here. I love my family and my family,” he said.
“They take the time to come here and off day from work to cheer me so I’m very grateful.”
Syahidah Alim and Robert Fuchs failed to defend their mixed team compound title on Friday, and had to settle for the bronze medal.
Syahidah Alim (right) and Robert Fuchs in action during their event. Photo: Dyan Tjhia / Sport Singapore
The pair, who won gold on home soil in 2015, were defeated by Malayisa 143-147 in the semifinal match, taking them out of running for first place.
They later defeated Thailand 142-126 in the bronze medal match to claim third place.
It may not be the result they dreamed of, it was invaluable experience nonetheless.
“During the competition, I truly learnt about myself and my standards as an archer. There's definitely room for improvement to prepare for my next games,” Robert said.
Toh Sze Ning beat defending champion Visaratanunta Tanimpat of Thailand 6-3 to grab a bronze in the mixed individual BC3 category.
After losing 0-6 to Thailand's Chaemchoi Ekkarat in the semifinals, Sze Ning’s title hopes were dashed, but the 24-year-old did not give up on the bronze medal match and made a stunning comeback from 0-2 down to defeat her Thai rival.
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