Paralympic Games: Get to Know Singapore Team Representatives in Tokyo, Sport News & Top Stories

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SINGAPORE – The Republic will be represented by 10 athletes at the Paralympic Games, which kick off in Tokyo on Tuesday, August 24 evening.

Here’s what you need to know about them:

Nur Syahida Alim, 36 years old

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Sport: Archery
Event: Individual open ladies blocks
Paralympic career: Second release (2016)

Muhammad Diroy Noordin, 29 years old


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Sport: Athletics
Event: Men’s Shot Put – F40
Paralympic career: Second release (2016)

Steve Tee, 40, and his competition partner Ang Kee Meng, 34


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Sport: Cycling (road and track)

Event: Men’s time trial B (road), men’s time trial B 1,000m (track), individual pursuit B men’s 4,000m (track)
Paralympic career: Beginner

Laurentia Tan, 42 years old


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Sport: Equestrian
Event: Individual test – Grade I, individual freestyle test – Grade I, team test in music
Paralympic career: Fourth release (2008, 2012, 2016)

Gemma Rose Foo, 25


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Sport: Equestrian
Event: Individual test – Grade I, individual freestyle test – Grade I, team test in music
Paralympic career: Third release (2012, 2016)

Maximillian Tan, 34


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Sport: Equestrian
Event: Individual test – Grade II, individual freestyle test – Grade II, team test in music
Paralympic career: Third release (2012, 2016)

Nur Aini Mohamad Yasli, 29 years old


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Sport: Weightlifting
Event: Women -45kg
Paralympic career: Beginner

Yip Pin Xiu, 29 years old


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Sport: To swim
Event: 50m back women (S2), 100m back women (S2)
Paralympic career: Fourth release (2008, 2012, 2016)

Sophie Soon, 24 years old


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Sport: To swim
Event: 100m breaststroke women (SB12), 100m butterfly women (S13)
Paralympic career: Beginner

Toh Wei Soong, 22


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Sport: To swim
Event: 50m freestyle men (S7), 50m butterfly men (S7), 400m freestyle men (S7)
Paralympic career: Beginner

Classification Systems for Paralympians Classification systems have been introduced at the Paralympic Games to minimize the impact of impairments on athletic performance and systems vary from sport to sport.

Here are the sports classification systems in which Singapore will be represented:

Archery

There are two events – W1 and Open. W1 is intended for athletes with a four limb disability who use a wheelchair.

The Open includes athletes like Nur Syahidah Alim who have a leg impairment and compete standing or resting on a stool for balance control, or who have severe trunk and leg limitations and compete in a wheelchair.

Athletics

The Sport Class consists of a “T” or “F” prefix and a two-digit number. The prefix T stands for Track, Marathon and Show Jumping events, and F stands for Field.

The first number indicates the type of impairment, while the second indicates the level of impairment. In general, the lower the second digit, the higher the level of impairment.

The shot putter Muhammad Diroy Noordin (F40) is in a class for short athletes.

Cycling

Athletes compete in classes C (bicycle), H (handcycle), T (tricycle) and B (tandem).

Class B – of which Steve Tee is a part – is for visually impaired athletes who run in tandem with a sighted pilot (Tee’s pilot is Ang Kee Meng). Athletes B1, B2 and B3 compete in an event.

Equestrian

There are five grades based on different medical profiles. Lower scores indicate more severe activity limitations.

Grade I athletes, such as Laurentia Tan, have severe impairments affecting all limbs and the trunk, while Grade V athletes have slightly altered range of motion or muscle strength or impairment in one limb or body. mild impairment of two limbs. Gemma Rose Foo is also in grade I while Maximillian Tan is in grade II.

Weightlifting

There is only one sport class in powerlifting, although athletes compete in different weight classes. Nur Aini Mohamad Yasli is in the category up to 45 kg.

To swim

There are 14 courses. Class names consist of an “S” or “SB” prefix and a number. The prefixes represent the lines and the number indicates the classes.

S stands for freestyle, butterfly and backstroke, SB for breaststroke, SM for individual medley.

The higher the number, the higher the functional capacity of the athlete.

S1 / SB1-S10 / SB10 is for athletes with a physical impairment and S11 / SB11-S13 / SB13 is for athletes with a visual impairment.

Yip Pin Xiu runs in S2, Toh Wei Soong in S7 while Sophie Soon runs in S13 and SB12.


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