Team Singapore Features
Nur Syahidah Bte AlimArchery
Syahidah Alim is the first female archer to represent Singapore and reach the quarter finals of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She made her debut at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in Singapore in 2015, bagging two gold medals. In 2019, she became Singapore’s first ever world champion archer at the World Archery Para Championships in the Netherlands. Syahidah was also the Chairperson of the Singapore
Para Athletes Commission (2018-2020) and is a member of the Asian Para Committee (APC) Athletes Committee (2018-2022). With Syahidah’s stellar performance in past games, her participation at the the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is highly anticipate.
Muhammad Diroy Bin NoordinAthletics
Muhammad Diroy was born with a condition called Short Stature. At 1.29 metres, Diroy took up shot put and field javelin in 2013. The aspiring graphic designer has represented Singapore in various international competitions, including the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, and 2017 ASEAN Para Games. Diroy bagged a gold medal for Javelin at the 6th China Open Athletics Championships in 2018 and a silver medal for Shot Put at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix Tunisia in 2019. For his contributions to the para-athletics scene, Diroy was crowned Sportsman of the Year at the Singapore Disability Sports Award in 2019.
Tee Wee Leong (Steve)Cycling
Steve Tee was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, which is a rare disease that causes partial loss of vision and eventually blindness, in 2004. In January 2017, he was introduced to cycling and decided to try it out. He paired with Ang Kee Meng in tandem cycling and since then, both have been in sync. The pair trained for about three months before participating at the 9th ASEAN Para Games 2017, winning a Bronze in the Men's 24.6km Individual time trials (B). In 2020, the pair managed to secure a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, becoming the first male tandem cycling pair to represent Singapore
Gemma Rose FooEquestrian
Gemma Foo has Cerebral Palsy, which affects her balance and walking, as well as cause learning and memory problems. She started riding at the age of 8 as Hippotherapy at RDA Singapore. After progressing to Para-Dressage, Gemma went on to compete in her first competition in 2008 at the Singapore Disability Sports Council National Disability League. She then represented Singapore at the Hope Cup competition in Taiwan in 2010. Gemma achieved her ambition to ride in the Paralympic Games at 16 as she joined the first Asian ParaEquestrian team to compete at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Gemma recently placed third in the Freestyle Test Grade I at the Pferd International München 2021.
Laurentia Tan was born with cerebral palsy and profound deafness which led her to take up horse riding as a form of physiotherapy. She won bronze medals at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and was Singapore's sole medallist at the London 2012 Paralympics, becoming the first Asian woman to have won a medal in equestrian sport at the Paralympic Games. In recognition of her achievements, Laurentia was conferred public service medals, the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat in 2008 and the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat in 2012. Presently, Laurentia has already achieved her Minimum Eligibility Requirements for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and is preparing for the games overseas.
Tan Chern, MaximillianEquestrian
Max Tan was born with Cerebral Palsy. He started therapeutic riding at RDA Singapore at the age of seven. Coming from a family who are involved in sports, Max was an avid sailor and represented Singapore in international sailing competitions before he started competitive riding at age 18. Max made his Paralympic debut at the 2012 London Paralympic Games as a part of a team of three riders. He also competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, for which he received a special mention in Parliament. As a Paralympian, he hopes to raise awareness of both the equestrian sport and disabilities.
Nur’Aini Binte Mohamad YasliPowerlifting
Nur’Aini was diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia at age 6. The condition, which impacted her bone growth, was discovered when doctors noticed that Aini was bow-legged and walked with a limp. She was first introduced to powerlifting in 2015 when Team Singapore Powerlifter Kalai Vanen approached her at the gym. Due to school commitments, she had to turn down the offer. In 2017, Kalai approached her again and that was when Aini decided to give powerlifting a go. Two months into the sport, Aini was selected to compete at the 9th ASEAN Para Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. Most recently, Aini competed in the 11th Fazza Dubai Para Powerlifting World Cup and won the bronze medal, lifting her personal best at 81kg.
Sophie Soon was diagnosed with cone-rod dystrophy as a child, a condition which causes deteriorating vision and may eventually lead to blindness. However, this has not stopped her from pursuing her interests in sports and music. As a Grade 8 violinist, Sophie has performed with The Sam Willows at the 2014 President’s Star Charity Show. However, she has taken a break in music to focus on swimming. Sophie has won three gold medals in the 2015 SPH National Para-Swimming Championship. She made her debut at the international arena by representing Singapore at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games. This will be Sophie’s first time at the Paralympic Games.
Toh Wei Soongswimming
Toh Wei Soong was diagnosed with the rare condition of Transverse Myelitis when he was two. He was first exposed to swimming at the age of six, as a form of therapy. However, he soon fell in love with the experience of being in water, where he faced little restriction and could do things that he could not on land. Wei Soong competed in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and was the first para-athlete to win a bronze medal. Most recently, he won a gold medal at the Singapore 2019 World Para Swimming World Series in the Men’s 100m Freestyle.
Yip Pin XiuSwimming
Yip Pin Xiu was born with Charcot-Marie Tooth, which causes her muscles to degenerate with age. She started swimming when she was five as a weekly family activity. At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, she produced Singapore's first Paralympic gold medal. She continues to be a force to be reckoned with, winning two gold medals and setting the world records in the Women's 50m and 100m Backstroke S2 events at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In recognition of her achievements, Pin Xiu was conferred the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal) in 2016 and named Sportswoman of the Year at the Singapore Disability Sports Award in 2019.