Beijing 2008 Paralympics

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Year-old pairing of Tan and Yap win keelboat event for S’pore’s first gold

Three-time Paralympian Jovin Tan and relative newcomer Yap Qian Yin won seven of nine races. seven of nine races. PHOTO COURTESY OF MINISTRY OF CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH

Three-time Paralympian Jovin Tan and relative newcomer Yap Qian Yin won seven of nine races.


On a chilly and windy afternoon, out on the Yellow Sea at the Wangsan Sailing Marina in Incheon, South Korea, a slice of Singapore sporting history was created.

Sailors Jovin Tan and Yap Qian Yin may have teamed up less than a year ago, but that did not stop them from delivering Singapore’s first gold medal at the ongoing Asian Para Games yesterday.

It is Singapore’s first gold at the quadrennial meet since its inception in 2010. Said Tan, 28: “We’re happy because our hard work has paid off. “The medal should also go to the coaches, volunteers, our employers, and Changi Sailing Club, which has been very supportive of us using the venue as our training ground.”

Said Yap, 24: “I’d also like to thank the people who were here to watch us. It’s a very special thing for us.”

The sailors’ triumph meant Singapore ended the day with one gold and one silver, after swimmer Theresa Goh finished second in the 50m freestyle SS. Tan and Yap were unstoppable in the two-person keelboat event (dinghy 303), winning seven of nine races to finish top of the eight-team event with nine points.

Japan’s Shinya Yamamoto and Mari Kitagawa were a distant second with 23 points, while Malaysia’s Nurul Amilin Balawi and Mustafah Junell were third with 26 points.

Another Singapore pair, Aaron Per and Ng Xiu Zhen, were fourth with 29 points.

Tan, a three-time Paralympian, first teamed up with Yap last November.

Their partnership bore fruit in February, when they won in the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland event in the 303 double-handed category.

They also won August’s Royal Yachting Association Multiclass Regatta in Britain before heeding for Incheon.

On their partnership, Tan said: “She really worked very hard throughout this four days of racing. The wind can be gusty as times, the weather was cold, and I’m sure she has a lot of things running in her mind.

“Being a sailor who has been competing for quite a number of years, it’s good in a way that I can calm her down, take things slowly.”

Singapore has one gold, one silver and four bronzes at the Games, which is an improvement on their haul of four bronzes in the inaugural Guangzhou edition in 2010.

Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan, who is in lncheon, said: “This is really a glorious day for Singapore.Our sailing team has done Singapore proud. They won seven out of nine races, and are undisputed champions.

“This is by far the best performance (from Singapore’s para-athletes). I would like to thank our athletes for going and putting on a gutsy performance, and do Singapore proud.”

Reindeer Walk-a-Wheelathon 2014

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The FIRST EVER Reindeer Walk-a-Wheelathon is coming to town this year! Join our disabled athletes as you traverse along the scenic river bank of Tanjong Rhu, donned in reindeer headbands and a flashing red nose. As the walk begins and ends at the iconic Singapore Sports Hub, immerse into the Christmas spirit of ‘Winter Wonderland’ as faux snow shower down on participants as they pass through the finish line.

Sounds exciting? That’s not all! As a one year countdown to the ASEAN Para Games that will be hosted by Singapore in 2015, there will be a ‘Christmas Light-Up’ and a Carnival showcasing disabled sports at the OCBC Arena located within the Sports Hub.

While our walk is all about having fun, we hope to foster a sense of inclusiveness among the able and disabled within our community as they embark on this 3.5km Walk-a-Wheelathon alongside each other. More importantly, we also hope to promote an active and healthy lifestyle among our participants, both able and non-able bodied alike!

About SDSC

The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the only organisation in Singapore which reaches across all disability groups, offering a wide range of sports for recreation, rehabilitation and competition.

Singapore will be organizing the 8th ASEAN Para Games in December next year, and we need all the support we can get to ensure our para-athletes get the best training they can get to do our Country proud. The funds raised from the Reindeer Walk-a-Wheelathon will be channelled towards transportation, sports equipment, training, nutrition, preparation and participation in local and overseas competitions for our athletes. Part of the amounts raised will fund SDSC’s outreach programmes to schools and the disabled community.
Join us today in propelling our cause for disabled sports!

Date, Time, Venue
Date: Sunday, 30th November 2014
Time: 4.30pm to 8.00 pm
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub
Registration Fee
Adults – $30
Children (Below 12 years old) – $20
Family Fun* – $45
*One Adult and One Child (Below 12 years old)
Each registration entitles you to a goodie bag filled with Reindeer antler headbands, event shirt, and vouchers.


Run, Walk, Wheel: Enjoy a stroll with friends and family, as you dress-up in reindeer antler headbands and a red nose in anticipation of Christmas! The 3.5 km route will bring you around the scenic vicinity of the Singapore Sports Hub, and the possibility of seeing the sun setting behind Singapore’s magnificent cityscape. Converse and mingle with some of our national para-athletes as they too will be participating in the walk.
Carnival: Featuring live entertainment with fringe activities and games. Entry is Free-of-Charge.
Sports Try-out: Play and try-out the different para-sports and learn more about the abilities of the para athletes.
The 150 athletes preparing for the ASEAN Para Games 2015 hosted on homeground next year, as well as the young and dedicated amateurs will certainly benefit from the fund raised.
Sponsors & Donors
Those that are unable to attend the Reindeer Walk-A-Wheelaton can sponsor athletes and children with special needs for the event. SDSC welcome donors irrespective of the amount.
Donors are entitled to 250% tax exemption if the donation is above $50.00
Mode of Contribution
√ Cash
√ Cheque Payable to “Singapore Disability Sports Council”
√ Online
For further enquiries, you may contact:
Ms Shanise Ho Ms Amal Aledroos
+65 63423509 +65 63423560 amal.aledroos

Name of Person:
Contact Details:
Email Address:
Please tick the appropriate box:
Yes, we would like to participate in the Reindeer Walk-a-Wheelathon.
We have made payment for _________ participants.
(If applicable,) enclosed is my/our crossed cheque for $ ____________ made payable to Singapore Disability Sports Council.
(Bank & Cheque No. ____________________ )
Yes, we would like to make an outright donation for the Reindeer Walk-a-Wheelathon. Enclosed is my/our crossed cheque for $ ____________ made payable to Singapore Disability Sports Council.
(Bank & Cheque No. ____________________ )
No, We regret that we are unable to support the Reindeer Walk-a-Wheelathon.
Please fax the completed form to +65 6342 0961 or email to by 7 Nov 2014.
A separate registration form will be sent for you to fill in your details and select your shirt size.
For enquiries, please contact Ms Shanise Ho at +65 63423509.
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Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor
Complimentary Runner Slots
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Corporate Collaterals in Race Pack ✓ ✓ ✓
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Main Stage Backdrop Logo ✓ ✓ ✓
Logo at Start and Finishing gantries ✓ ✓
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