Yip Pin Xiu

25, Par­a­lympic Gold Medal­list

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They say get­ting started is the hard part, but as world record-hold­ing Par­a­lympian Yip Pin Xiu can at­test, over­com­ing self-doubt can be much harder. A three-time Par­a­lympic gold medal­list, a one-time In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee gold medal­list, named “Ath­lete of the Year” by The

Straits Times in 2016 and the holder of two world records in the 50m back­stroke and 100m back­stroke, Pin Xiu has ac­com­plished a lot, to say the least, in her 25 years.

On top of these ac­com­plish­ments, this fresh grad has also just com­pleted her de­gree in Po­lit­i­cal Science at Sin­ga­pore Man­gage­ment Uni­ver­sity. It was this com­mit­ment to her ed­u­ca­tion that had the swim­mer take a break af­ter the Beijing Par­a­lympics, which taught her a lot about en­durance and com­mit­ment.

“Tak­ing a break from com­pet­i­tive swim­ming gave me a lot of free­dom,” she re­calls. “But it made it very hard to train. By the time I got back into it for [the Lon­don Par­a­lympics], it was al­most too late. There was a pe­riod when I doubted my­self. I thought I was done af­ter 2012. But what made me con­tinue was that I re­ally en­joy see­ing my tim­ings get bet­ter each time. I also felt it wasn’t time for me to stop.” She made a re­turn to form in the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympics with a new world record in the 100m back­stroke.

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