Para-athletes honoured for achievements

Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu (left) and equestrian rider Laurentia Tan with their Outstanding Athlete Awards.

SINGAPORE - Singapore's two Paralympic medallists were on Wednesday presented the Outstanding Athlete Award at the Singapore Disability Sports Council's 40th-anniversary charity dinner and Sports Awards Night 2014.

Held at the Raffles City Convention Centre, equestrienne Laurentia Tan, who won a silver and a bronze at the 2012 Paralympics, and swimmer Yip Pin Xiu, who clinched a gold and a silver at the 2008 Games, were presented their awards by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Seven other para-athletes - Theresa Goh (swimming), Jovin Tan, Desiree Lim (sailing), Muhammad Firdaus (athletics), Nurulasyiqah Mohd Taha (boccia), Tay Wei Ming and Kelvin Pung (badminton) - were also honoured with meritorious awards.

Meanwhile, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong announced on Wednesday that his ministry has started recruiting organising-committee members for December 2015's ASEAN Para Games which Singapore will host.

He will serve as its chairman while MCCY Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sam Tan will be his deputy.

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