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Learn more about our heros and how they #DefyLimits every single day

Suhairi Suhaini, 21

Suhairi takes silver in the long jump T20 event at the ASEAN Para Games 2015. Photo Credit: Sport Singapore

            Suhairi can’t remember much about his childhood but one particular incident changed his life. He recalls having a high fever when he was in primary school and being admitted to hospital. Shortly after, Suhairi returned to school and found that things were not the same. Suhairi was diagnosed with intellectual impairment and requires more time than others to understand certain tasks. However, he always goes about his day with a smile like no other.

            Suhairi’s sporting journey is a short but storied one. He was talent-spotted during the national athletics championships organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council when he was a student at Delta Senior School. With dedication and persistence, Suhairi made his ASEAN Para Games debut in 2015 ahead of a home crowd, winning silver in the long T20 event. The story continues, with Suhairi then representing Singapore at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, achieving a jump of 6.69m, his personal best, in a competitive field. 

His achievements include:

  • 2015 ASEAN Para Games, Long Jump F20 – Silver
  • 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Long Jump F20 – Final (PB: 6.69m)
  • 2017 ASEAN Para Games, Long Jump T20 – Silver

            These days, Suhairi plays mentor to his younger juniors in the team, giving them advice and looking after them at overseas competitions. This is how Suhairi has defied limits. He will continue to strive to achieve his goals and represent Singapore on the international stage. How will you #DefyLimits?

Toh Wei Soong, 21

Toh Wei Soong at the World Para Swimming World Series 2019 Singapore. Photo Credit: Colin Ong

            When Wei Soong was two years old, he was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a condition caused by the inflammation of the spinal cord, which affected his lower nervous system. Till today, there is no known cure for the condition. Wei Soong, however, soon discovered a love for sport like no other.

            When he was studying at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), his teacher, Mr Chan, invited him to represent his school at the National Inter-School Swimming Championships. Wei Soong gladly accepted the invitation and never looked back since. Swimming competitively since he was 8, Wei Soong has gone on to win numerous medals for Singapore. 

A trailblazer for the sport, Wei Soong’s achievements include:

  • 2015 ASEAN Para Games, Men’s 100M Freestyle – S8 – Gold
  • 2015 ASEAN Para Games, Men’s 100M Backstroke – S8 – Gold
  • 2015 ASEAN Para Games, Men’s 50M Freestyle – S8 – Gold
  • 2017 ASEAN Para Games, Men’s 50M Freestyle – S7 – Gold 
  • 2017 ASEAN Para Games, Men’s 100M Freestyle – S7 – Gold
  • 2018 Asian Para Games, Men’s 50M Freestyle – S7 – Gold
  • 2018 Asian Para Games, Men’s 100M Freestyle – S7 – Gold
  • 2018 Commowealth Games, Men’s 50M Freestyle – S7 – Bronze

            Wei Soong’s influence goes beyond the pool. As a Toyota “Start Your Impossible” Hero athlete, Wei Soong works closely with SDSC to promote sports to persons with disabilities, encouraging them to believe in their own abilities and speaking to youth to create a more inclusive society.

            The National University of Singapore undergraduate has his eyes set on Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and aims to create waves in the pool. This is Wei Soong’s story and how he has defied limits. How will you #DefyLimits?

Steve Tee, 38

Steve Tee (left) with pilot Ang Kee Meng, posing with their bronze medal in the Men’s 24.6KM Individual Time Trial at the ASEAN Para Games 2017. Photo Credit: Sport Singapore

 

             In 2004, Steve was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare disease that begins with a partial loss of vision and eventually leads to total or near-total blindness. Then only 23, Steve could no longer play some of his favourite sports such as football and cycling. He went through a period of desolation and isolation. He kept to himself and continually questioned why was he so ‘lucky’.

            However, he soon bounced out of it and mustered inner strength to live his life to the fullest. Steve decided to focus on solutions instead. His never-say-die attitude led him to pursue a distance learning course and by end-2008, he obtained a double major degree in computer security and networking. 

            Having captained the Singapore team at the 8th ASEAN Para Games at five-a-side football for the visually impaired in 2015, Steve made his switch to para-cycling two years later. For tandem para-cycling, a visually impaired athlete, called the stoker, is paired with a sighted counterpart, who is called the pilot. Steve’s pilot is former national cyclist Ang Kee Meng. 

Together, Steve and Kee Meng have won bronze at the 9th ASEAN Para Games and numerous achievements at the Asian level: 

  • Bronze at the 2019 Asian Track Championships
  • Gold at 2019 Thai Intl Para-cycling Cup
  • Bronze at 2019 Malaysia Para Cycling Cup II
  • Bronze at 2019 Asian Track Championships

            This is how Steve has defied limits. He has his eyes set on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and doing Singapore proud. How will you #DefyLimits?