SINGAPORE - Mr Sim Kang Wei, who was born with cerebral palsy, first tried handcycling at a physiotherapy session four years ago.
He never did any sports and mostly stayed at home then because he has difficulty walking due to his condition.
Now, the 24-year-old is not only a competitive handcyclist, but also helps raise funds for charities such as the Children's Cancer Foundation whenever he takes part in races.
Last month, Mr Sim, who volunteers with the Asian Women's Welfare Association, received the Stars of Shine 2013 award in recognition of his efforts.
The National Youth Council award, now in its seventh year, is given to young people aged 15 to 35 who have made outstanding contributions to the community.
Mr Sim, who works as a human resource administrative officer, told The Sunday Times that he hopes winning the award can inspire other young people with special needs to focus on what they can do instead of their limitations.
"I was not an active person, but I stepped forward to try handcycling and it has been a rewarding experience," he said.
He has taken part in three fund-raising events and two competitions so far.