Team Singapore Para-Athletes led by Chef de mission Mr Ee Tiang Hwee returned to a well deserved ‘Welcome Home’ ceremony at the Changi Airport this afternoon.
The contingent of 32 athletes and 24 officials represented Singapore at the 6th Asean Para Games 2011 held in Indonesia in five sports namely; Athletics, Badminton, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tenpin Bowling.
As they step through the arrival gates, they were greeted by rousing applause from friends, families and supporters. Among the supporters present were Acting Minister (Community Development, Youth and Sports) Mr Chan Chun Sing, Singapore National Paralympic Council Chairman Mr Tan Ju Seng, Singapore Disability Sports Council President Mr Frankie Thanapal Sinniah and representatives from the Singapore Sports Council.
It was an emotional moment where joyous laughter and tear filled the area as the athletes were welcomed home by their families.
Team Singapore fielded a smaller contingent compared to other countries but managed to secure 28 medals (9 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze) and broke three Games records to finish in the 7th place overall.
In the pool, Benson Tan set two new Games records and brought back with him two golds and a silver. Theresa Goh returned with a hat trick of three golds while breaking a Games record. Yip Pin Xiu clinched a silver and two bronzes despite being bumped up two classes for this Asean Para Games.
Tay Wei Ming, who made history two years ago when he brought home Singapore’s first gold medal in badminton, successfully defended his title.
The team spirit of the contingent was evident and shined through the Games. They performed their best, and continues to impress and inspire our nation.