Lest We For­get

Augustman - - Prelude -

50.39 SEC­ONDS is a num­ber that will be kept in the an­nals of Sin­ga­pore sport­ing his­tory for all time. It will also likely be a sold out num­ber at the Sin­ga­pore Pools for a long time to come. Joseph School­ing’s suc­cess is very much his own and we’re de­lighted to bask in his Olympic gold. But let’s not for­get an ear­lier cham­pion of the pool as well: Yip Pin Xiu, Sin­ga­pore’s first Par­a­lympics gold medal­list back in 2008. She set a then-world record time in the 50-me­tre back­stroke in the process.

School­ing’s suc­cess has brought to the fore two is­sues that con­tinue to plague our coun­try: one of xeno­pho­bia and those who con­sider him to be less than a com­plete tri­umph for the coun­try. Se­cond is how of­ten we for­get the less abled and their suc­cess. Yip is no less an over­achiever than School­ing. In fact, she shat­tered the 100-me­tre

(S2) back­stroke world record at the IPC Euro­pean Open Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this sum­mer, and will be aim­ing to bring home the gold dur­ing the Rio Par­a­lympics this month. She too de­serves to be bathed in glory.

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