25 September 2017
By Nicolette Mok
Moving performances, enduring tenacity, tireless support – we unveil some of TeamSG’s most inspiring stories from this year’s APG.
We applauded their passion; we celebrated their medals. Beyond these extraordinary achievements, however, were tales of courage, strength, and sheer grit. The 9th ASEAN Para Games (APG) might be over, but our TeamSG athletes will never cease to inspire. Following a record medal haul from our contingent, let us have a look at some of the most inspiring moments behind the glory.
#1: Age is but a number for Zhi Wei
The 9th APG heralded the rise of a new batch of sporting talents, and the youngest among them was 15-year-old Wong Zhi Wei, an up-and-coming TeamSG swimmer who definitely made waves during his maiden outing. Returning from KL with a silver and a bronze medal, he showed the rest of Singapore that age was no barrier to excellence.
#2: Cycling’s power pairing of Emily and Sarah
Persevering towards the finish line despite a broken chain on their bicycle, TeamSG cyclist Emily Lee and her pilot Sarah Tan pushed through the obstacles to win a silver medal in their 61.5km road race. Their formidable partnership also led to a total of five medals for Singapore in different events, making them the contingent’s most bemedalled pair at this Games.
#3: A father’s love and dedication
There are the families that provide unwavering support from the stands, and then there’s Lim Boon Ghee, father and ramp assistant to TeamSG boccia player Faye Lim. Besides the hard work and talent put in by 19-year-old Faye, it was also her dedicated dad’s efforts that helped take the pair to the podium.
#4: Winning in his sport and in life
The loss of three limbs had not stopped him from pursuing sports and flying the nation's flag high - what more an eye? TeamSG paddler Jason Chee persisted in training despite having to recalibrate his playing style after losing an eye to cancer just months ago, and went on to win a gold medal for Singapore in his singles event.
#5: Aini and girl power take centre stage
TeamSG powerlifter Nur Aini might be small in stature, but there should be no doubting her power. Having only picked up the sport this year, she joined the KL-bound contingent as the only female powerlifter, but she strode into the arena with confidence. Our budding talent has been viewed as a source of inspiration to young women out there hoping to overcome their personal limitations and challenges.
#6: Rain or shine, the medal is mine, says Diroy
The rain was relentless, but the competition had to go on; the medal had to be won. To TeamSG field athlete Muhammad Diroy Noordin, the weather was nothing compared to all that he had conquered to get to where he was. As such, he endured the elements and gave it everything he had to win silver medals for Singapore in the javelin and shot put.
#7: Our CP Lions’ never-say-die attitude
They might have lost out on the bronze medal, but our TeamSG CP footballers are winners in the hearts of the fans. Led by captain Muhammad Mubarak, who battled to end in the face of strong competition and in spite of an injured knee, the team’s never-say-die attitude inspired even the Malaysian supporters, who were seen on their feet, cheering our spirited Lions on.
#8: Wei Ming gets back on the podium
The 2015 APG had not been as successful a campaign as TeamSG’s top shuttler Tay Wei Ming might have liked, so he put in his all to train harder; to fight harder. In front of a fierce home crowd, he notched a 2-0 victory over his Malaysian opponent in the quarterfinal at this APG, and celebrated the securing of a bronze medal with a big hug from his long-time coach, Simon Koh.
#9: Ismail schools the home favourite
He went into the APG as the defending champ – the holder of two consecutive titles. However, the competition was not an easy one for TeamSG bowler Mohamed Ismail this year. Faced with a stiff challenge from his Malaysian opponent, along with deafening cheers from the home supporters, Ismail definitely felt the pressure. Nonetheless, he kept his razor-sharp focus only on his goal, and his determination to see it to fruition brought Singapore the gold medal.
#10: Edwin persists in his resolute quest
While chess is a sport that often escapes the eyes of the masses, it is still a highly competitive one that TeamSG representative Edwin Tan is determined to excel in. Win, lose, or draw, he keeps playing, spurred on by his dream to stand on the podium with the Singapore flag draped around his shoulders.
#11: Top of her class and beyond
TeamSG archer Nur Syahidah Alim entered the 9th APG with her sights set on one goal – defending her gold medal. And, with a series of impressive shots, she put up a sensational showcase through the various rounds to take the gold medal, inspiring a new generation of archers towards top-level standards in the process.
#12: One Team Singapore -The support of a nation
Decked out in red, they flew to KL to be there for our TeamSG athletes, contributing in any way they could. From Team Nila volunteers to family members and fans, steadfast support from a united #OneTeamSG played a crucial part in our contingent’s 50-medal haul at this APG.
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