Lest We Forget
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.