Parasports: Theresa Goh appointed S’pore Chef de Mission for Asian Youth Paralympic Games in Bahrain, Sport News & Top Stories


SINGAPORE – Thirteen young para-athletes from four sports have been selected by the Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC) to represent the Republic at the upcoming Asian Paralympic Youth Games (AYPG) in Bahrain.

The list was revealed during the flag handover ceremony at the national stadium on Saturday, November 6. The Games take place from December 2 to 6.

Boccia athlete Aloysius Gan, who will make his Major Games debut in Bahrain, has been named Singapore’s flag bearer, while 2016 Paralympic Games bronze medalist Theresa Goh will lead the contingent as chef de mission.

Gan, 15, who has cerebral palsy, said he was honored to be chosen. He added: “I have been playing boccia since I was seven and it is a dream come true to represent Singapore at such a prestigious event.

“The preparations for the 2021 Bahrain Asian Youth Paralympic Games have been very demanding as I have to balance my studies and training.

“It is all the more special as I will be competing alongside my father (Gan Keng Aik), who is my competitive athlete partner.”

The other debutants are Ahmad Nor Imran Nor Azhar, Maveric Lee (both in track and field), Yan Jia Yi (boccia), Jeremiah Liauw, Robby Yeo, Kate Tan, Janelle Tong, Darren Chan (all in swimming) and Caleb Lee (tennis of table).

This is the second AYPG for Muhammad Nur Ariq Yaakub, Siti Nurhayati Ali Aksar Khan (both in track and field) and swimmer Colin Soon.

At the previous edition in Dubai in 2017, Ariq won the men’s 400m T20 (under 18) event while Colin won two bronze medals in the men’s 100m backstroke S11-13 and the 100m swim free.

Singapore won five gold, six silver and seven bronze at the 2017 Games.

This is the first time Goh has served as Chef de Mission and the four-time Paralympian said she sought advice from AYPG 2017 Chef de Mission Yip Pin Xiu, who is also her good friend.

Goh, 34, said: “I want young para-athletes to know that my door is open and I want to be able to mentor and guide them in their athletic journey. It is important for us to nurture parasport talents and their allow them to maximize their full potential.

“I look forward to this experience and hope that Singaporeans, just as they have supported our Paralympians, can support our young para-athletes for the next Games.”

(Left to right) Eric Chua, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Theresa Goh, Father of Aloysius Gan with Aloysius and Chairman of the Singapore National Paralympic Council, Teo-Koh Sock Miang. PHOTO: NATIONAL PARALYMPIC COUNCIL OF SINGAPORE

SNPC President Teo-Koh Sock Miang hopes the selected athletes will inspire more young para-athletes and praised them for adjusting well during the pandemic and continuing to train hard.

The Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Eric Chua, added: “I know that the Covid-19 pandemic has made training for the Games more difficult and I would like to congratulate (the athletes ) for their hard work and resilience to prepare well. to test their courage and skills against other young competitors from Asia. “

It is estimated that 800 para-athletes are expected to compete in nine sports in Bahrain. The entire Singapore contingent, which will leave on November 28, will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and will undergo a flu vaccination before departure.

Athletes have trained in a bubble and will receive an essential travel kit containing face masks, hand sanitizer, antimicrobial spray canister, Antigen Rapid Test self-test kits and an exercise mat. They will also be tested daily in Bahrain.


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